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Playing the part of the underdog in an industry dominated by giants, Minneapolis-based iSSi launched just a few years ago with the goal of making better pedals than what was currently available. We love to believe in an underdog as much as anyone else, but iSSi earned our admiration all by itself with its small line of meticulously crafted pedals.
Clearly named, the Triple Trail Pedal was created with trail and all-mountain riding in mind. It features a wider platform for better contact and stability between your shoe and the pedal. A more stable platform represents a welcome, but not revolutionary design, so iSSi looked to set the Triple Trail apart from proven favorites by changing up the bearing design and spring tension as well.
The Triple Trail's three bearings come fully sealed and with no option for adjustment, so the only time you'll have the opportunity to adjust them will be when noisiness tells you they're ready to be replaced. This leaves far less room for error, and we appreciate that the simple replacement process doesn't require a mechanic's certification—just a hex wrench and a socket.
As we mentioned above, iSSi does provide ample room for adjusting tension, so bigger riders or anyone more accustomed to the freedom of riding flats has the freedom to lock their cleats down as much as needed to prevent accidental ejections. It also updated its release angle and clip design, changing the angle from 20 degrees to 14.6 while rounding out the profile of the clip to achieve more predictable releases only when you want them.
- A stable trail riding pedal
- Wide platform provides control on technical stretches
- No-maintenance bearing design
- Wide range of tension adjustability
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
iSSi has taken the durable design of the SPD pedal, and added a few great features. Instead of using bushings, it uses bearings that can be replaced, which will always keep your pedal running smooth. It also has the ability to crank the tension almost twice as much as the normal SPD system for people that really want that planted feeling on your bike.
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have a confession to make: I only bought this pedal because of the styling color selections. I opted for blue to match my black bike and love the look. I'm still not quite ready for clips, so I switched back to my old platform pedals for the remainder of the summer, but I liked the sturdy feel of these, felt stable riding around.
I love the color options for this pedal but they are very heavy.
I got them for my single speed and they work well but I don't think I would put them on my nice MTB due to weight.