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Yoshimura R&D rock up in California, debuting with 100% US-made Chilao flat pedal for MTB

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Motorcycle parts manufacturer, Yoshimura, have enter the cycling market debuting with a flat pedal for MTB, Dirt Jumping and BMX. The Yoshimura Chilao pedal is 100% made in the US, at the Yoshimura R&D HQ in Chino, California. At $180/$190 a pop, we expect these pedals to be high quality, especially given Yoshimura’s wealth of experience in component manufacturing for the moto industry. Let’s take a closer look.

Yoshimura Chilao Pedal

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Yoshimura have been making parts for motocross since 1954, manufacturing high-end exhausts, engine parts and chassis parts. President Yusaku Yoshimura decided to enter the cycling industry born out of his love for the sport and a desire to contribute to the industry, more than to simply profiteer. He designed the flat pedal himself, developing it over the last 18 months with input from professional enduro and downhill riders.

The Yoshimura Chilao flat pedal is CNC-machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum. It gets 7075 T6-alloy pins, a sealed dual cartridge/bushing system and a v-ring seal design. All this rides on Yoshimura’s proprietary alloy steel spindle, heat-treated for strength.
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The small platform Chilao flat pedal will set you back $180
Available in two sizes, the small Chilao pedal has just seven 8mm pins on each side and weighs a claimed 340g per pair. The platform measures 100mm x 95mm. The large Chilaos have an industry standard 10 pins per side and weigh a claimed 375g per pair. The platform measures at 110mm x 105mm. It is fairly slim in profile at just 14mm. This keeps the weight down and will assumedly help to reduce pedal strikes.
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The large platform Chilao flat pedal will set you back $190
The pedal is slightly concave in shape, allowing your foot to “sit in” the pedal rather than perch on top. The platform sits very close to the crank arm, allowing for the maintenance of a small Q-Factor and permitting improved clearance on the trail. The pins at the front of the pedal face rear-ward for maximum traction.
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Two outboard sealed cartridge bearings and one inboard bushing are said to provide smooth rotation, maximum support and longevity. V-ring designed dust seals are used for maximum sealing performance and enhanced bearing longevity. The recessed alloy end plug is protected from damage from rock strikes.

Pricing & Availability

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The small and large Yoshimura Chilao pedals retail at $180 and $190, respectively. Both come in two colors; Pewter and KashiKote. Choose from blue, purple or black pins. A bearing and bushing service kit costs $25. The pedals come with 8mm pins as stock, but 8mm and 6mm replacement pins are available for $0.60 each.

YoshimuraCycling.com

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jdog
jdog
4 years ago

I don’t ride flats, but these are the pedals I would ride if I did.

Lance
Lance
4 years ago

I ride flats on all my MTB’s and I’m pumped for these. Just waiting for the right colour way that matches.

Bo Lawrence
Bo Lawrence
4 years ago

A little to costly for what I see. As far as designed by people in the industry? Yeah, they look like just about every other pedal that was designed by people in the industry other than colors. Ok so it has protection against dust. What I don’t see is mud shedding capabilities, like channeling. I do like the easy access to pins since these will be replaced often from rock strikes being aluminium but at .60 cents a piece, for an anodized screws that’s going to get bent? Going back to design. Ok they are close to the crank but if that was important why not angle the pedal itself towards the crank. I can think of at least 3 companies that do that. All in all it’s just expensive bike jewelry but hey, that’s ok. I can see the kashima coated ones on a blinged out bike.

Dominic
Dominic
4 years ago
Reply to  Bo Lawrence

Bo, they are about the same price as every equivalent.
I don’t understand the point of aluminium pins either. But the fact they were designed with space for a big button head means it should be easy to find something in a screw drawer that can be pressed into service.
Not huge on theplatform shape. I do like that there’s a central pin though.

Sarah
Sarah
3 years ago

They look awesome. The clear difference with these is that they are made in USA. It’s a little more expensive but that is okay. My biggest question is how do I know which size to order?

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