Point One Racing Podium Pedals Review

Point One Podium Pedals — First Look — Ride It Out

The Podium pedals have a very thin body – 11mm on the outside edge to be precise – so the feel is fantastic. Their looks are impressive too. Using eight pins on each side of the pedal, grip is tunable and is further increased with the concave platform.

There are four sealed cartridge bearings on each pedal, with O-ring seals, allowing for smooth spinning on the heat-treated 4140 chromoly axle. The open design copes well in mud and, despite initial reservations about the bearings being too exposed, ours are running well. They are on the stiff side though, having not changed much from their out-of-the-box feel.

To keep the pedal profile as low as possible, there’s a raised collar on the inside, which houses bearings and the pedal threads. In certain shoes you can feel the collar, which can distract you from getting your foot in the right position.

This trick Gamut Podium is, by a margin, both light and slim. This 3rd generation model is derived from the original ultra-thin Point One pedal.

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It uses a tapered axle to achieve such a slender body and a four-bearings-per-side design, with the three smaller ones stacked together for stiffness.

The centre of the Podium’s 2mm concave platform measures a measly 8mm, which is a genuine performance advantage in terms of ground clearance and ‘dead spot’ reduction in each pedal stroke. Being so thin and lightweight, it’s also noticeable how easily the Podium turns over when pedalling, to the point you actively feel quicker climbing than on some pedals here weighing over 150g more.

The thin platform further reduces the chance of a dangerous snag on the ground (that could stop the bike dead) by using very chamfered corners to deflect off trail obstacles. The Gamut rules then in terms of pure stealth, but unfortunately real world grip levels and foot stability aren’t a match for the Podium’s strength in this area.

A protruding inner bearing housing makes the shoe platform feel smaller and eats into wriggle space at the ball of the foot. A bigger complaint though is the way the sole rolls off the trailing outer edge, giving a sensation grip is lacking. Basically, the rearward outside platform edge is too angled, which helps your foot curl over and slide off in the exact zone where maximum pressure is applied to turn the bike and control tyre grip.

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With a slightly tweaked body profile and pin placement the expensive Podium could be one of the very best flat pedals, but it needs more outright grip and security in muddy UK conditions.

Weight:309g

Body:Cold forged aluminium

Size:100 x 100 x 8mm

Contact:madison.co.uk

The Podium pedal was developed for one reason, to make you faster. We analyzed everything that was on the market and started with a clean slate to completely re-invent the pedal.

The Podium pedal was designed around three man elements; strength to weight, reliability and ground clearance. The thinness of the pedals lowers your center of gravity for increased stability and better cornering, brings you closer to the axis of rotation for a more effective pedal stroke and increases your ground clearance so you are less likely to be obstructed by objects on the trail. All the elements necessary to help you get on to the podium. As with all our products the Podium pedal is hand crafted in the United States.

Technologies

• Specifically designed chamfers:

Overlooking no detail, the outside profile of the body has been designed to deflect rock impacts and keep you moving in the same direction, at the same speed. The outside edge is chamfered in high probability impact areas to improve deflection and reduce wear.

• Wide body design:

The Podium Pedals body has been designed to have a very large surface area. This allows the rider to have a more stable stance on the bike, while widening the traction stud pattern to prevent any slipping. By doing this, we do not have to use excessively long studs, which help keep the overall pedal profile low and away from impacts. The body also utilizes a concave design that tapers from 11mm to 13mm thin, which helps keep your foot centralized on the pedal.

• Precision Cartridge bearings:

Each pedal houses four sealed precision cartridge bearings, the Podium pedal is very reliable and not susceptible to wear. Traditional bushing designs require more maintenance and replacement. Our custom bearing system can withstand much more long-term abuse. To keep out contaminants, all four bearings are individually sealed and each pedal assembly is held to very close tolerances, leaving very little room for dirt to enter. The pedal has two o-ring seals to add extra sealing redundancy as well as give the perfect amount of spin friction, which keeps the pedal where you want when your foot is removed.

• Visible Axel Design:

The Podium pedal has a finite element analysis optimized axel for the greatest strength to weight ratio. It is CNC machined from 4140 Chromoly steel, then heat-treated to Point One Racing’s custom specifications. The axles are hollowed and use an oversized flange at the base of the threads to help distribute stress onto the crank arms, allowing the axle to be lightweight and also stronger than traditional axels. By utilizing a visible axel design, the pedal body thickness can be decreased to create the thinnest possible body without your foot or objects underneath damaging the axel. Our axel has a military-grade zinc plating process that keeps the axel from corroding, even if the surface is scratched.

• Traction Studs:

The Podium pedal employs specific size traction studs that are between the two standard pedal stud sizes. This allows the studs to be small enough for traction, but strong enough not to shear. They are also installed from the backside of the pedal to insure that the stud cannot be pulled out on impacts. The traction studs are made of high strength grade steel and are stronger than traditional set screws. They also come zinc plated for corrosion resistance.

• Extensive CNC Machining:

Made from high strength, US produced, 6061 billet aluminium, the pedal body has gone through extensive CNC machining to eliminate any excess weight. Because of the unique design, the body remains stiff and extremely strong. The black anodize helps the body resist impact flaws where other coatings fall short, keeping your pedal looking new, longer.

Specification:

• Bearings: 4 sealed Cartridge bearings per pedal

• Axel: Custom heat-treated 4140 Chromoly Steel

• Thinness: 11mm-13mm

• Platform 100mmX100mm

• Weight: 339g (Aluminium studs) or 359g (Steel Studs)

 All pedals suck then as i’ve not found a set to last more than 6 months, it just depends how much you ride and how hard.

you need to find some better pedals then?

I’ve run the same set of Syncros Mental Alloy pedals on my FR bike for 3 years, and have just replaced one bearing and an «o» ring on each pedal — these pedals have been ridden very hard in wet / snow / mud, trips to Wales and Scotland in the UK, and Vancouver North Shore and Whistler Bike Park in Canada

regarding the article : 1 months means nothing in terms of bearing durability — like another poster said, come back in 6 months and let us know how they are holding up

those pedals look mangled considering they are just 1 month old??

the lack of grip (the tester reported slipping pedals even with 5-10 shoes!!)and the 359gm weight seem disappointing considering the boutique price?

I am currently using the classic Wellgo MG-1 pedal on my all-mountain bike, stupidly high grip with 5-10 shoes, only £40 and 380gm weight = big win

Replacement pins for current version Gamut Podium Pedals and Point One Podium 2 pedals. Set of 36. Available in Silver Alloy, Black Alloy, Blue Alloy, Red Alloy and Stainless Steel. 

Southerndownhill take a first look at the Point One Racing Podium pedals on review…

Getting these out of the box I knew they were going to be something special. Point One manufacture some top class quality components and this is no exception, these pedals ooze quality from the detailed CNC machining to tight tolerances of the axle bearings. First port of call was to weigh the pedal in, and coming in at only 372g for the pair, they are one of the lightest pedals on the market.

Keeping with what seems to be the trend of the newest incarnation of pedals, the pedals have a very slim profile, the idea behind this being that you as the rider will have increased ground clearance over rocks or any other obstacle that may interrupt you ride. With this of course comes some design problems, principally due to the slim profile there is next to no space to fit in good quality large bearings which last a lifetime. What has been seen, is bushes which last all of 5 minutes before they need replacing. I was glad to see that these podium pedals have managed to get high grade bearings into a tiny space and I’m sure these will last a lot longer than bushes that could be used.

The main feature of these pedals that strikes you is the exposed axle, which seems to be a rather silly idea, but there is method behind the madness. In order to ensure a strong and stiff axle the axle needs to be of a large enough diameter which of course conflicts with the desired slim profile. So the guys at point one have got the best from both worlds, they have managed to keep the strong, large diameter axle whilst keeping the pedal body slim by simply machining away the material around the axle. This does have other implications however as there is now exposed areas either side of the bearing effectively doubling the entry points for mud, dirt and grit to get in, although the bearing do have shielding and tolerances have been kept tight in an attempt to keep all foreign matter out. This tighter tolerance does give the pedal a very tight feel, but when you spin the pedal there is an increased friction that you do not see with other pedals, although when you’re riding this is less than noticeable and I’m sure with time the bearings will bed in a spin more freely, although this could cause problems keeping the dirt out of the bearings. I was also a little apprehensive about the exposed axle as my foot on the pedal would surely press against the axle increasing the drag, but again this is not noticeable to any significant degree.

The pedal sports a rather large platform with just the right amount of pins to provide ample amounts of grip. The grip is also due to the profile of the pedal just as much as the pins, the pedal is perfectly flat  unlike some other pedals on the market that have a slim profile, due to the exposed axle. This means your foot lies perfectly on the pedal and does not have to bend over some convex feature of the pedal. The pins are through pins so you have the ability to easily extract the pins from the pedal even have the top has been ground off which is a great benefit. The pins are also slightly shorter than you find on many pedals but this does not seem to compromise the grip but does allow better ground clearance and also means that the pin is stronger and less likely to bend when it inevitably makes contact with a rock.


The pedals arrive without pins giving you the option to pin them up how you like.

I rode these pedals at the first round of the BDS at Nant Gwrtheyrn which was wet, muddy and rough, so an ideal test for the pedals. The grip I experienced in the wet and muddy conditions even without Five Tens was more than enough and the pedal is still running like it came out of the box after getting bombarded by mud and water. They did get smashed into a couple of rocks and the damage is quite noticeable. The pedal body has a nice gloss finish paint which scratched quite easily when compared with some hard anodised pedals, but this is only minor cosmetic damage. A pin got involved in the rock action as well and these pins are made of a fairly soft material which has been ground away slightly. However despite these minor negative points I’m majorly impressed by the quality of work gone into producing these pedals, especially the tolerance of the bearings and the stiffness of the axle. I’m looking forward to see how these pedals perform in long term testing so keep your eyes peeled for a full review.


Point One Racing Podium Pedals on e*thirteen cranks

Words – Tom Evans (Southerndownhill Race Team)

Point One Podium Pedals are available via most bike shops via Hotlines Distribution for £149.99 RRP

For more Point One Racing products visitwww.pointoneracing.com

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If you want a to have some fun racing downhill then the Caersws Cup downhill race series is the one to do…

If you want a to have some fun racing downhill then the Caersws Cup downhill race series is the one to do.

Prize Money for overall Series
Glass trophies for all Podiums
Tag Huer Live Timing
Foam Pads for uplift
Great Atmosphere
Live Commentary
Free Team pits
Free Camping
Trade Stands
Catering

British Cycling Ranking Points

Video highlights after each race filmed by Ian from Boon Productions.

3 Rounds – 3 different race tracks
14/15 May
18/19 June
29/30 October includes Midland Champs

All 3 rounds to count for overall Series Prize Money!

All races have practice all day Saturday with extra 2 hours practice on Sunday with 2 race runs fastest time wins.
All riders are reseeded from the 1st place times.

It’s the best Downhill series in the whole of mid Wales!

Website www.caerswscup.co.uk

On line entry via the British cycling website.

Dates:
May 14/15th
June 18/19th
October 29/30th

Times:
Saturday                                              
Uplift Practice           10.00am – 4.00pm          
Sunday           
Practice                      8.30am- 10.30am         
Race Start (2 runs)   11.00am – 4.30pm

Location:

Situated in the heart of beautiful Mid-Wales between Newtown and Machynlleth

Background:

Caersws is a private forest used for regional and national races over the past 9 years, we ran the first race at Caersws in 2003 which was won by Marc Beaumont riding for Royal Racing team.
Since then six courses have build by the local riders to make this an ideal place to run a series on 6 different courses.

Rider’s categories
No licence required
Age range from just 12 years old up to over 40
Hardtail 12
Juvenile 12-14
Youth 15-16
Junior 17-18
Senior 19-29
Master 30-39
Veteran40
Expert
Pro Elite

Course
The Courses at Caersws are ideal for testing the abilities of all types of riders.
The course for the first round is the original Midland Course that flows it way down the edge of the forest and finishes in the big open arena making this an ideal place for spectators to watch all the race action.

Live Timing
The latest Tag Huer timing system displays your time as you cross the finish line.
Results are printed within 5 minutes at the end of each category.
All riders are reseeded for the second race run.

Podium Presentations

The Top 3 in each category are awarded a quality glass trophy

Midland Down Hill Championship 2011
The Midland downhill champions will be crowned for each of the categories at the final round of the series on Sunday 30th October. This is open to anyone who lives in the midlands area as defined by British cycling. This race will have Double BC ranking awarded.

Camping
There is a big field for tents, caravans {amp}amp; motor homes right next to the finish arena.
Hot {amp}amp; Cold food and toilets on site which makes an ideal place to chill out between runs and watch the racing action


Marc Beaumont at the 2010 BDS – Caersws

Pre enter the race at www.caerswscup.co.uk

To speak with the organisers and chat all things Caersws hit the FORUM

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Overall

A spectacular, thin, very flat, fully featured pedal, let down slightly by alloy pins. That’s fixable though, and if you want a pedal with no compromises on weight, thickness and feel these are probably for you.

Review Info

Brand: Gamut
Product: Podium
From: Madison, madison.co.uk
Price: £129.99
Tested: by David Hayward for 2 months
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