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Old 08-23-10, 01:08 PM   #1
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New Wellgo QRD Quick Release Pedals

ive found very little info on these Wellgo QRD pedals, they are aluminum 6061extruded ,CNC machined, anodized Cr-Mo CNC machined, DU / Sealed
330 g/pr and can be had for $60 shipped.

To me, they look like they are grippier than any of the pedals in the current Ezy line.

Has anyone tested these Wellgo QRD's?

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Old 08-25-10, 01:30 PM   #2
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The model in your attached image is Wellgo QRD-M079. I have two pairs and are quite happy with their performance. You can't find much info here because the only way to obtain them in the US is through Asian sellers on eBay. I like them better than MKS Ezy line because there's no extra coupling ring to lose. Comparing to Ezy Superior line, these are lighter and cheaper. They grip well, and there are several cool colors to choose from to match your bike. But the thing I like the best is that I can install foot straps on them.

In case you are not familiar with foot straps, they are very popular among fixie riders. I don't ride fixie but do appreciate the control these foot straps provide. In my experience they are much better than Power Grips (which can be used on M079 too), and don't get me started with cages. Check out some of them here:



http://www.aurora-collective.com/aurora-velcro-straps/
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...14990501865655
http://www.zlda.nl/site/custom-straps/

There are many other Wellgo QRD models to be found on eBay, including clipless pedals (compatible with Shimano):

W01
http://cgi.ebay.com/120610777469

R096B
http://cgi.ebay.com/120608107233

M138
http://cgi.ebay.com/300459502432

R119
http://cgi.ebay.com/120608605986

C128
http://cgi.ebay.com/300457488565

C16
http://cgi.ebay.com/180552713491

Xpedo XCF06
http://cgi.ebay.com/330450769767
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Old 08-26-10, 10:34 AM   #3
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Excellent review Fwd! So how do you remove these pedals, do you pull the red thing to release a pin? Any malfunctions...ever ?

i think i'll try those straps you mentioned, do you have a link? Are they safer than cages? (release foot easier?)

THANKS!

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Old 08-27-10, 09:38 AM   #4
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Yes, you pull the red tab to release the spindle. Very easy. Please note that the part where the spindle meets its housing is hexagonal, therefore you need to find the right angle to insert the pedal back (a wrong angle still works but it'd take a lot of force to push in). I simply used a permanent marker to mark the entry point on the spindle, thus ensuring effortless insertion every time.

Since this type of foot straps is mainly designed for Fixie and trick riders, they hold really well and are easy to get in and out. Better yet, most of these can be quickly adjusted via Velcro unlike the toe strap buckle. I can't say if they are "safer" (not a doctor nor engineer) but I prefer them to any other foot retention solutions. Of course, your millage may vary.

Depending on the design, a strap may or may not fit your pedal. If you are in North America, check out these products (if you are in Europe, I can offer different suggestions):

http://cgi.ebay.com/260635611548
http://www.ynotcycle.com/1/Pedal_Straps.html
http://holdfastordie.com/

Make sure the sellers allow you to return the straps in case they don't fit.

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Are they thinner than the Suntour folding pedals?

Looking for folding pedals that are not as thick as the Suntour pedals.
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It was a while ago that I saw a Suntour folding pedal. Going from memory I'd say yes these are not as thick. They are removable pedals though, not folding ones. For thinner folding pedals try MKS FD-6.
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Good to see some alternatives to power grips for the two other strap systems, looks easier to mount and no sccrews/bolts. However they're simpler and more expensive!

Am curious about the wellgo reliability vs. the well known MKS detachables.
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Agreed. Most of the foot straps seem overpriced because they are often hand-made in small quantity. The Gorka straps on eBay are only $25 a pair though, made to your color specifications! As for the reliability of Wellgo padels, I can't really say because I only have them for around a year. However, Wellgo produces pedals for many well known brands such as Shimano, therefore I figure the products should at least be decent. Since they are not that expensive, I actually got two pairs just in case one of them fails. Quick release makes swapping a snap.
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I picked up a pair of the least expensive removable pedal at eurobike a few days ago, the design is nice because they use a hex styled axle that goes into the quick release connector which is screwed into the crank arm. So you can get the crank bolt out using a 6mm hex key, which could be nice for the folding world where you need to disassemble with minimal tools.

I'm going to try out a "poor mans" powergrip (I must have 4 pairs already on various bikes) with just routing some webbing through the pedal, as the other products seem to have done above. For bikes that aren't ridden much, this might be good enough.
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Sorry, I know this is way off topic but when you said "poor man's power grips, I immediately pictured a guy using duct tape to strap his feet to the pedals.

Must be those duct tape fumes I've been smelling all day while working on a project.
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Here's how to make your own foot straps:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/...d-gear-riders/

Duct tape also works. Since these are quick release pedals, you can keep them on your shoes at all time.
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thx for link fw-bw, better than idea I had in mind (just cutting some strap webbing and tying in a knot).
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ive found very little info on these Wellgo QRD pedals, they are aluminum 6061extruded ,CNC machined, anodized Cr-Mo CNC machined, DU / Sealed
330 g/pr and can be had for $60 shipped.

To me, they look like they are grippier than any of the pedals in the current Ezy line.

Has anyone tested these Wellgo QRD's?
just got my set today. was my birthday present from my son.
they are lighter than either my MKS and the black generic folding pedals, but heavier than my track pedals.
i like the pull lock mechanism on the Wellgo,rather than the push ring that is standard on the MKS. i have the older MKS, so that needed the little yellow plastic tab to prevent the pedal from accidentally disengaging, although that has never happened to me. the MKS offered very little traction for flat sole shoes, and the pedals were downright dangerous when there was any rain. there is a top side and bottom side to this mks pedal. god help you if you stepped on the bottom side of the pedal in a storm, which unfortunately as their design would have it is the lighter side so will always be on top when you step onto the pedal. i've slipped off the bike, and banged my shins too many times with those pedals.

the Wellgo have a set of studs that offer a better grip, and from this thread will be interested in the possibility of using power straps if needed.

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Well, it's true when they say that a pic is worth a 1,000 words. Thanks for lining up the pedals to show the difference. I'm assuming that the pedals are being lined up (left to right) in this order:

1. Standard folding pedals (Suntour?)
2. MK5
3. Wellgo
4. track pedals
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Just got my wellgo pedals

Z Just got a gold set and boy do they feel grippy (sharp teeth machined into the pedals) with two pins/spikes at the end of the pedal keep your
foot from sliding off unlike the other brand . I'm still building up my folder frame so I'll post a performance review in a week or so
but they look/feel great and red QR pin doesn't look fragile (my biggest concern)
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Does the quick release mechanism stick out more on the Wellgo pedals than it does on the MKS pedals?

One of the nice thing about MKS EZY pedals is that when you remove them the cranks are narrower than all folding pedals (except Brompton folding pedals...but MKS EZY are much lighter than those).
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the Wellgo quick release unit measures almost the same as the MKS, the MKS release is around 17mm high, while the Wellgo is around 15.5mm.
The wellgo can probably be as close as 14.5, i have layered several washers inserted to position the release latch in the spot.
The nice thing with the wellgo is that it doesn't need the special thin wrench in order to remove or tighten. it uses an 8mm hex allen key to remove or install.
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Well, it's true when they say that a pic is worth a 1,000 words. Thanks for lining up the pedals to show the difference. I'm assuming that the pedals are being lined up (left to right) in this order:

1. Standard folding pedals (Suntour?)
2. MK5
3. Wellgo
4. track pedals
1. these were generic folding pedals i got from Sports Junkies. they cost me $7.99 for the pair. absolutely no markings on them whatsoever.
2. MKS
3. Wellgo
4. NRG Boucher track pedals. http://www.nrgenterprises.com/product_pedals.html
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I like the design of these, aesthetically I much prefer them to the MKS Ezy pedals that I have, which I've never felt looked right on my bike.
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I like the design of these, aesthetically I much prefer them to the MKS Ezy pedals that I have, which I've never felt looked right on my bike.
+1. the MKS came standard with the MuSL, and as you say, it looked out of place with the bike. at the time, it was probably the lightest removable pedals, but i never like the looks of it. it wasn't until the first of many slips off that pedal that i grew to really dread using it.

the wellgos provide a very positive grip on shoes, even in wet. i have been riding with them in the past few weeks downpours and never slipped off the wellgos. the mks have been sitting in the old parts bin since.
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the Wellgo quick release unit measures almost the same as the MKS, the MKS release is around 17mm high, while the Wellgo is around 15.5mm.
The wellgo can probably be as close as 14.5, i have layered several washers inserted to position the release latch in the spot.
The nice thing with the wellgo is that it doesn't need the special thin wrench in order to remove or tighten. it uses an 8mm hex allen key to remove or install.
Wow, that's very narrow (even the Brompton folding pedal protrudes 20mm from the crank) and it looks like you can also tighten them with a regular pedal wrench since there are wrench flats next to the QR mechanism. It looks like Wellgo/Xpedo tops every other folding/detachable pedal in all categories: good design, weight, "folded" pedal protrusion.

I was gonna order the XCF06 because they're light and round without corners (handy for not scratching walls when the pedals are attached):
xpedo-xcf-06-gold.jpg
However, after checking ebay I decided to buy the XCF05
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http://cgi.ebay.com/Xpedo-Traverse-Q...-/160361469006

I got them over the XCF06 because:
1. They're 40 grams lighter. 284 grams vs 324 grams. I don't think this is a lie because it's consistent with the weight differences listed on the Xpedo website for the nonQR versions.
2. They're cheaper.
3. They're narrower (just like only the body of the XCF06 except with pins). Probably narrow enough that I won't mind leaving them attached most of the time.

I think I'm officially in with Wellgo/Xpedo because my favorite nonfolding pedal is the magnesium Wellgo WAM-D10 (one side SPD other side platform with pins):
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Wow, they're interesting. I wonder if the lack of outer cage is noticeable under foot.
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Wow, they're interesting. I wonder if the lack of outer cage is noticeable under foot.
Dunno, but I'm thinking of them more as a small solid pedal than a cageless pedal.

I ordered them for my Carryme to shave some weight and reduce the width of the folded bike (pedal width is the limiting factor on the folded size of this bike). Since I've been happy with the ride quality of even the stock plastic pedals, I don't think I'll be disappointed here.

Besides quite a few folder fans (including Strida designer Mark Sanders) have advocated the use of plastic nonfoldable/nonremovable children's pedals. These can't be too different from that, except being stiffer, removable, and with better bearings. And I figure if they suck I can always chuck a few of the bearing cartridges (there are 3 per pedal) and drill some holes and have some real ultralights.

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Let us know how you get on with them; I might get some myself. I'm using tiny non-folding Tioga pedals and it took no more than a few minutes to get past the initial feeling that there wasn't enough of them.
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Let us know how you get on with them; I might get some myself. I'm using tiny non-folding Tioga pedals and it took no more than a few minutes to get past the initial feeling that there wasn't enough of them.
It's a shame they don't drill the body of the XCF06 to accept pins. Otherwise it looks like one could simply remove the cage and add pins to convert between the two models. I wonder how the XCF06 would be with some skateboard-style sandpaper grip glued on top and the cages removed...hmmm.
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