Review: 2011 XRF07 Xpedo THRUST Magnesium Pedals

mod_xwear1 is really starting 2011 off with a bang. Xpedo features, materials and cost of these new pedals are amazing compared to similarly designed pedals. SO purchasing was really was a no-brainer for me. Who doesn’t want more performance for less cash!

The Xpedo brand is owned and operated by Wellgo. Wellgo is the largest producer of road and mountain bike pedals in the world. Welgo has been making pedals in Taiwan since 1979. After Wellgo spent years making pedals for other brands they teamed up with their sponsored team Fuji-Servetto to enhance Xpedo’s thrust line of pedals. While it no longer appears that Wellgo or Xpedo sponsors the updated version of the Footon-Fuji-Servetto team, Fuji is now a distributor of Xpedo pedals.

One odd note about the 2011 Xpedo pedal’s line up is that while several new sites have done a few reviews of their top of the line pedals there is still no details on the new Xpedo XRF07 and XRF08 Thrust Pedals on the Xpedo web site. I can only find the XR507 models for sale in the US right now so I am sure that some time in February we will be begin to see more for sale. The XRF08 is the lighter of the two pedal sets as it uses carbon fiber for the pedal body and titanium for the spindles and uses only two cartridge bearings weighing in at 185 grams. I would expect that loosing a few grams will cost a bit more for the XRF08 models.

The Xpedo Thrust XRF07MT Pedals*

As you can clearly see the New Xpedo Thrust Pedals are down right stunning.

The 2011 Xpedo Thrust XRF07 pedals ship in 3 colors, Black, White and my favorite Red. The platform of the 2011 model is 59mm wide and is 12% wider than the 2010 models. The Xpedo thrust is also wider than Look Kéo, which measure in at 57mm wide. Why is width important you might ask? Well the wider the platform the more effective power can be transferred to the drive line.

The body of the XRF07 is made up of magnesium and has a much lower profile than Look Kéo pedals do. The lower profile in theory should allow for “deeper” cornering with out pedal strikes. Your mileage will vary on this feature. NOTE: The “M” designation in the model name stands for magnesium. The T designation is for the titanium spindle and a C designation is for the cromolly spindle.

  • Lightweight Magnesium Body
  • 3 Cartridge Bearing System
  • Full Titanium Spindle or Cromolly spindle (Titanium tested)
  • Look® Kéo Compatible
  • Thread size 9/16″
  • POSI-Lock Retention System with Tension Indicator
  • Includes 2 sets of Cleats: Fixed (Black) and 6 Degree Float (Red) with bolts and washers for both black and red cleats
  • Weight 195 grams with titanium spindle, 245 grams with cromolly spindle
  • The titanium spindle version comes with a rider weight limit of 85kg or 187lbs
  • MSRP 150.00-200.00

Screen-shot-2010-11-16-at-9.13.51-PM1-445x288Prior to riding the Xpedo pedals I have ridden Shimano PDs and Look Kéo and had worn out the Kéo Easy model. The Look Kéo Easy model is one of Look’s lighter pedal sets (220 Grams), they use one set of needle bearings and is the most inexpensive model (40-$50.00). They are not readily marketed to the performance cycling market as they were marketed to new cyclists who are buying their first set of clipless pedals and do not give the user the ability to adjust tension at all.

The installation of the Xpedo Thrust pedals is like any other set of pedals. One very interesting mechanical aspect of these pedals is the cleat tensioner and its indicator. The indicator makes it very easy to set like tension between both pedals. Unlike the old Shimano pedals I had the tensioners on the Xpedo’s only require light adjustments to get great tension. NOTE: You should set tension on clipless pedals on a trainer prior to riding to make sure that you do not fall over the first time you try to unclip.

The 2011 Thrust pedals use a stainless steel cleat plate where I believe that the 2010 model used titanium. The stainless adds to the bright work of the pedals but will soon be scuffed as expected after several rides. The paint finish has held up very well under approx. 800 miles of riding. I have had one place where the paint has chipped but it too is in a place where wear and tear should be expected.

Thrust_cleat_set1-300x156Clipping in is easy once you have your optimal tension set. I also like the fact that the pedals ship with 2 sets of cleats. The red cleats have 6 degrees of float where as the black ones have 0 degrees of float. I chose to go with the 6 degrees of float and have been very happy with them. As a matter of fact a light nagging knee pain has subsided since I switched to the new cleats. I have also realized a bit more wear and tear out of the Xpedo cleats over the Look cleats, which seemed to need to be replaced every 6 months. The Xpedo cleats are also not as slick as the old Look pedals were. Look has since alleviated this problem by adding rubber strips to their cleats that I have heard have caused problems with fit on older Kéo pedals. The Xpedo pedals are also Look compatible meaning if you have some old Kéo cleats that you would like to use you can with your Xpedo Thrust pedals. A note on using Look cleats: The Kéo cleats do not have any float when clipping into Xpedo Thrust pedals.

Pedaling action is smooth and uneventful like a good pedal should be. Even after 800 miles the bearings still feel fresh and the pedals don’t have that broken in feel just yet. I have not yet researched the size of the bearings to see if it would be worth it to over haul/upgrade the pedal bearings. Right now based on how well the pedals are holding up I will probably look into this. Xpedo sells replacement cartridge bearings and replacement spindles if you need them.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Wide platform
  • Pro materials
  • Slick finish
  • Easy to read tensioner indicators
  • Great Price – Cheaper than similar Look or Time pedals
  • 2 sets of cleats come with pedals
  • Enough hardware to install both provided cleats

Con:

  • Look compatibility only provides 0 degrees of float
  • Hope that chipping paint does not lead to magnesium oxidation
  • Not widely available in the US
  • Xpedo Web site is a bit behind on 2011 marketing materials

I really like these pedals from a functional and aesthetic perspective. I have had many a comment on the pedals before and after installing them on my new bike a 2010 Fuji SST 2.0. I have felt like I am able to put down more power climbing with the wider base as I often felt like my foot wallowed in the looks even though they only had 4 degrees of float. So in short I would recommend these as a buy. At the very least give them a look over.

Have a great ride and remember upgrades don’t make you faster riding up grades do.

Coach Rob

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* I only review products that I have purchased. These products have been typically purchased at a LBS that is a sponsor of Positive Performance Coaching and the development team I manage. However I also only review items that I feel could improve an athlete’s on bike performances. I do not review products that I have found faulty, misleading or damaging just to drive traffic to my site due to the negative press.

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