Long-Term Test: Xpedo Spry Pedals

A Pacific Northwest flat-pedal beatdown

I first wrote about Xpedo’s Spry pedals following our Bible of Bike Tests sessions in Sedona. At the time, I was impressed by how much potential bang you could get from your buck with these flat pedals. The market is awash in flat pedals selling for almost twice as much as these econo-models here. Which, when you consider the lack of moving parts, is always a bit infuriating. While eighty bucks ain’t chump change, it’s a relatively good deal for a durable set of flat pedals. But the question was this: were the Xpedo Spry pedals actually durable? Would they stand the test of time? A year and a half later, I can answer in the affirmative—these mofos take a beating and come back for more. In other words, they may be inexpensive, but they aren’t “cheap”.

XPEDO SPRY | $80 | XPEDO.COM

 
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So let’s start with the basics—the Spry pedals are crazy thin, always a good thing when it comes to reducing a flat pedal’s tendency to roll underfoot. What’s more, the platform is decently sized at 106×100 millimeters. There are wider pedals out there, but the Spry stakes out a solid middle ground. As for pins, there are 14 of them—seven on each side. Total weight for a set? A mere 259 grams, which, if you don’t spend your nights obsessing over the average weight of the average flat pedal, is bordering on crazy-light. Chalk up much of the weight savings to the skeletal, magnesium platform and the hollow chromoly spindles.

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So, as the pictures illustrate, I’ve been pounding the bejeezus out of these things. To their credit, they look munged up—the soft magnesium gets scored up in short order—but roll as smooth as the day I pulled them from their box. Each Spry pedal revolves around upon a dual dual-cartridge bearing/bushing combo. I ride in wet conditions much of the year and, despite that fact, the Sprys have yet to develop the usual gritty feel that follows a year or two of mud baths.

Grip is decent; I’d rate it as mid-pack, mainly because the traction pins are on the stubby and fairly dull side of the spectrum. On the upside, you won’t tear your shins into hamburger if you slip a pedal. On the downside, you’ll slip pedals a bit more frequently than when riding more aggressively spiked models. I always run the stickiest shoe I can find (Five Tens) when I’m on this pedal.

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Bottom line: if you’re looking for flat pedals for general all-mountain/trail riding and you’re on a tight budget, these Xpedo Sprys should be on your short list. They’re not perfect, but nothing ever is and when it comes to value, these things are surprisingly good. Moreover, they outperform plenty of pedals costing a fair bit more.