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Old 07-09-11, 08:17 PM   #1
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Ergon Pedals?

Anyone tried the new Ergon pedals yet? I'm a huge fan of their bar ends & just came across an ad for their new pedals. They look like they're designed for commuting. They seem to have some nice features, but at $70/pair, I'd like to hear/read some reviews before I get a pair.

http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/product/pc2#
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Old 07-10-11, 01:22 AM   #2
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What does "Polymer bearing" mean? is it some kind of teflon bushing, i.e. no ball bearings.
Could be useful on my "soon to be built" surf and beach bike.
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Old 07-10-11, 05:51 AM   #3
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What does "Polymer bearing" mean? is it some kind of teflon bushing, i.e. no ball bearings.
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Advertising speak for "cheap plastic"
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Its a technical polymer.. remember these are made in Germany, not China..

And it is meant as a zero maintenance pedal on commuter bikes, to work well all that time..

as a slowly rotating shaft, a bushing in a pedal would be fine ..

NB:Re "cheap plastic", a sheet of Teflon, say inch thick, 5 by 5 feet,
costs more than your car..

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My current pedals are still in good working order, but when the time comes to replace them, I'll give the Ergon polymer bushed pedals the torture test on my urban combat commute.
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Old 07-12-11, 03:44 PM   #6
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The positive of polymer bearings are ....
  • Maintenance free, self lubricated
  • Low friction, minimal wear
  • Long service life
  • High load capacity and broad temperature range
  • Low density (lightweight) solutions
  • Anti-corrosive and chemically resistant
  • Vibration dampening
  • Minimal water absorption for dimensional stability
  • Standard and custom configurations available

Pedals just became available in the North American market about 1 week ago. Reviews and ride beta will start to show up soon. Personally, I have been on them for about a month (see pic above). Nice addition to the townie/urban bike. Pretty cool how it forces the foot into the 'sweet spot' on the pedal.

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Old 07-12-11, 04:01 PM   #7
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....Personally, I have been on them for about a month (see pic above)......
The pedal, shoe, and bike are way too clean, I'll purchase some of your pedals this Fall, and give them the Winter workout.

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Funny this should come up. I've been road testing my winter bike and it has the typical cage pedals shown in the video. Being used to clipless pedals I find myself hunting around for the "sweat spot" on those flat pedals. Having mushy soled running shoes doesn't help.

I had been using cheap BMX pedals with plastic pins on my winter bike but the bearings were trashed and I put the original rat-trap pedals back on. The BMX pedals work pretty well but the cheap ones don't hold up to the rigors of winter. I wonder how these would do? I also wonder how that 3M surface would work with compacted snow. This is where the pins on the BMX pedals worked well.
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Interesting, I like the looks of them and the theory at work. A quick release variation like an MS EZY would be the cat's meow (for me, at least).
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