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    MKS Ezy clipless on Brompton

    Any Brompton users of the current generation ("Superior") MKS Ezy clipless pedals, whether platform or cube styles?

    I'm considering them for my Brompton, but a couple of posts from a while back suggested problems with pedals detaching themselves in use. These might relate only to the older (original?) Ezy mechanism. My motivation for clipless is to pedal harder securely, and having to baby them in case they detach would defeat the purpose.

    I put the bike into a hard case often and don't really want to have to carry a pedal wrench, so non-folding pedals of any flavor aren't an option.

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    i just put 2 BMX pedals on , set the folding one on the shelf , you can buy a matching regular left pedal too .

    the fact that you wont even carry a short pedal wrench in the hard case is your choice I have a Park 36-15 its about 6" long.
    there are other pedals that screw on with a 6 or 8 mm allen wrench.

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    A major advantage of the Brompton vs most of its less-expensive competition is the tiny, relatively ergonomic folded package, achieved without the use of a single tool. Having paid rather a lot for that benefit, if I don't need to compromise it any, I won't.

    It's not about carrying a pedal wrench in the hard case per se (although with spare tubes, lights, helmet, shoes etc I am perilously close to the airlines' 50lb barrier - and I've found the TSA, rightly or wrongly, to be 'curious' about tools in carry-on).

    Of course, if you had any experience with the MKS Ezy pedals referenced in both my question and the thread title to share, I'd be most appreciative...

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    i guess a pedal wrench would put you right over that 50lb weight limit.

    the mks lambda superiors are pretty great, though. super grippy.

    i can't imagine what maneuver would be necessary to make them pop out while riding.

    mks makes great kit..


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    It's not the half-pound wrench so much as the three-foot cheater bar I always use to make sure everything's snug.

    Seriously, thanks for the feedback. Good to know. And they detach completely by hand, in a similar way to a compressed air fitting, right (i.e. slide the collar back)?

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    I bought the MKS Cube(dual sided SPD compatible) for my Bromtpon.
    It came with safety clips; semi circle bits that's supposed to lock the
    collar in place:

    Pedals and Shocks

    I haven't had the chance to use it though since I'm currently using a
    170 gram Xpedo R-Force clipless pedals with my SPD cleats:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh5V...6zPoymgKaIoDLA


    You may also want to check out
    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...Wellgo+QRD+W01

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    I have the MKS Ezy Compacts on my Brompton:
    No problems - they have a plastic circlip that stops accidental pedal detachment; this need to be taken off before the pedals can be removed - just hope I don't loose it.
    I did try the pedals without the circlip and sure enough I occasionally unlatched the pedal ; perhaps because the platform on the compacts is so small it's easier to ride you foot across the sprung retainer.
    As for clipless pedals - the Shimano SPD style cleats always gave me knee trouble so I stopped using them switching to Speedplay frogs which have much more float.

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    Thanks. I believe that both the Cube and the Compacts use the older / original / non-"Superior" mechanism which is the one with the circlip (although interesting to have a data point of no problems with that style if the circlip is used).

    Out of interest, how fiddly or time-consuming does the circlip make removal and re-installation?

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    I have the MKs ezy on my brompton and I have never had a problem with them coming off.To put them on and off takes no time at all once you get the hang of it.You turn the ring to line up with the black dot and push it in and hold it while you push in the pedal,then give the pedal end a thump with your hand palm and the ring snaps to
    the locking position and that's it.If you don't remember to thump the pedal then it will fall off.
    Last edited by sdwphoto; 08-19-14 at 11:28 AM. Reason: add more info

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    Never had a problem with the welgo or the older mks with the circlips. Circlips take about sidehalf to 1 minute to do both sides , but you rarely take both off and no need on a brommie(except anti theift).

    Mks cleats work with shimano but shimano don't work with mks so get mks is going clipless.
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    I travel frequently with my Brompton and have the "old style" MKS Ezy pedals -- the ones that require the plastic clips. I have never had a problem with the pedals detaching and its great to have several sets of pedals (flat, clipless, etc.) so you can adapt to where you will be riding. These are very easy to take off and get back on. If one of the plastic clips breaks, a twist tie or elastic can substitute if you need to make a field repair. They make it easier to pack the bike, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl Grey View Post
    Any Brompton users of the current generation ("Superior") MKS Ezy clipless pedals, whether platform or cube styles?

    I'm considering them for my Brompton, but a couple of posts from a while back suggested problems with pedals detaching themselves in use. These might relate only to the older (original?) Ezy mechanism. My motivation for clipless is to pedal harder securely, and having to baby them in case they detach would defeat the purpose.

    I put the bike into a hard case often and don't really want to have to carry a pedal wrench, so non-folding pedals of any flavor aren't an option.
    Did you mean these: Buy MKS Esprit Ezy Superior Pedals at Tredz Bikes. 55.98 with free UK delivery

    I have just bought these for my H6L (RAW) after reading many reviews from satisfied users. What confused me is your use of the word "clipless"

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
    That's right. Although I'm now thinking this may be a better match for the Brompton, since it has a platform side:

    MKS Urban Step-In A Ezy Superior | Portapedal Bike

    Thanks for all the replies.

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    I bought a pair of the MKS EZY pedals that I haven't used yet. Was actually thinking of using O-rings in place of the clips to see if that would give me the best of both worlds. I see that ThorUSA sells the replacement clips, though (Pedals and Shocks)

    The reason I haven't used them is that I also bought a pair of the MKS folding pedals FD-7 which I like quite a bit and I don't have to remove them. I don't own a Brompton- I use them on my Dahon Formula S18 to replace the stock Wellgro folding pedals which are a bit dodgy. The MKS pedals feel much sturdier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CameraMan View Post
    I have the MKS Ezy Compacts on my Brompton:
    No problems - they have a plastic circlip that stops accidental pedal detachment; this need to be taken off before the pedals can be removed - just hope I don't loose it.
    I did try the pedals without the circlip and sure enough I occasionally unlatched the pedal ; perhaps because the platform on the compacts is so small it's easier to ride you foot across the sprung retainer.
    As for clipless pedals - the Shimano SPD style cleats always gave me knee trouble so I stopped using them switching to Speedplay frogs which have much more float.
    I love the EZY Compacts - but I've found the basic MKS circlips to be a real PITA to remove. I've since gotten a pair of better-designed circlips - ones with a plastic handle - that came when I bought the pedal's magnetic holder.

    I still generally leave the circlip off the left pedal and never had any problems with it (or close to it). I hope it doesn't decide to play up when I'm going downhill though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyven View Post
    I love the EZY Compacts - but I've found the basic MKS circlips to be a real PITA to remove. I've since gotten a pair of better-designed circlips - ones with a plastic handle - that came when I bought the pedal's magnetic holder.

    I still generally leave the circlip off the left pedal and never had any problems with it (or close to it). I hope it doesn't decide to play up when I'm going downhill though.
    OP said "Superior" and these do not have or require a lockring clip. One advantage of the model I have just bought (see #12 above) is that they can if desired be fitted with full clips and straps or half clips.

    Ian
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    The welgo version is fine also. Have you considered that version?

    Re mks folding pedals. One of the best folding pedals out there but never had one last more than 2 years. Given up on folding pedals until a durable version comes out, other than plasti diblaisi or brompton versions which I don't like but are. Durable.
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    NB: you can get a RH threaded Core piece to use Brompton's folding pedals on both sides ..

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    I found the plastic circlips to be a pita and now use the original pedals without the plastic circlip.

    When put the pedals on, I take real care to make sure that the collet (sliding ring) snaps right back into place.
    When they were new it was necessary to push the pedals in firmly to compress the O ring so that the collet did not hang up in a part locking position.

    I had problems a couple of times initially with my first and narrowest set AR2 EZY but the problems seemed to go away. I'm not sure to what extent thats due to the care I take or because I now have Power Grips on them "http://www.amazon.com/Power-Grips-Sport-Pre-Assembled-Strap/dp/B001FYGGLC" which keep my foot well clear of the collet. "Clipless" pedals would do the same.

    My other EZY pedals are wider and have not been a problem without Power Grips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    NB: you can get a RH threaded Core piece to use Brompton's folding pedals on both sides ..
    Great!
    I could equip my bike with 2 pedals I don't like. Lol.
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    White Industries crank arms put the pedal release in the end of the arms White Industries - Cranksets

    just Petaluma is not competing with Beijing/Shanghai or Taipei, for lowest cost of production..

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