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If I could rate these as five stars out of five if I would. The quality of workmanship is excellent and the pedals do what the marketing material says they do.

The box with the pedals inside is a very nice package and high quality. The pedals and associated installation equipment in all packaged in a foam insert. The pedals exhibit a high degree of workmanship and look very nice. The instruction booklet is well written and easy to follow. You may need a pedal wrench to remove your existing pedals.

The Cranktip pedals use an Allen Wrench inserted from the back side of the crank to install. There is a bushing to install on the thread spindle before installing on your bike, but the material clearly shows how to do this. The box includes a set of cleats and installation bolts as well as a smaller Allen Wrench for the cleats. I installed these on a Trek 750 hybrid, steel bike with 700X20 road tires.

It was easy to clip into the pedals for the first time, although the process is a little different from normal road pedals. The pedals will naturally always end up with the insertion side face up due to the weight of the device. The difference is that the front of the pedal tilts about 15 degrees down. My road pedals usually fall with the tip of the pedal up, so inserting is easy. For Cranktip, you need to tilt your foot down to insert the front edge of the cleat first. This required a conscious movement for the first half of my ride, but after about 30 miles, muscle memory set in such that I did not have to think about it. Clipping out for a stop is just like any pedal.

I can say that after 63 miles, I had less leg fatigue than I normally experience with regular road pedals. I can’t say that I had more power in pedal stroke, but that is possible. What did notice is that with regular road pedals, when I get tired I have to think about pedaling in circles or I default to a less efficient piston pumping up and down motion. That is NOT the case with Cranktip pedals. The motion seems to be more natural and looks like it has you in a more efficient pedal stroke naturally. I never needed to think about my pedal stroke.

The literature states that these pedals may have less ground clearance in turns than normal pedals, but I did not notice that at all. Maybe if cornering fast that might become an issue, but I did not experience anything close to a pedal strike in my ride.

I really like these pedals and would recommend to anyone thinking of purchasing.

Jim Williford

 

 

From Lindsey Wall Triathlete

 Cranktip has identified that a significant amount of leg fatigue experienced when riding, is actually generated by the changing pressures or feedback from the crank during rotation, this being due to the inherent nature of how a crank converts human energy into rotating energy. The new cranktip pedal incorporates a new dual swing arm concept, which has increased the torque in the pedal motion.......In other words, more speed for no extra effort. Cranktip offers a money back guarantee if youre not convinced that they work! Best bang for your buck, and in my opinion is going to be huge in the near future.
Get yours at www.cranktip.com

Going great with the pedals! Had my first race with them at the tweed coast enduro and got the win!

http://www.lindseywall.com.au/#!Tweed-Coast-Enduro-199021/clfr/5519055c0cf21933cd21c370

I played around with my position and think I've got it pretty good now.

Lindsey Wall.


 

This is a Quote from Baden Cooke

Tour De france Stage Winner and Green Jersey winner in the Tour De France.

 

I have been trialling the crank tip for one month now. I can't believe that these things are legal because the benefit feels unfair.

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CrankTip Pedal review from Age Group Triathlete Magazine.


A few months ago I was at the Mooloolaba triathlon on the Australian Sunshine Coast, doing what most of us do after registration.  I was meandering through the race expo looking at a myriad of exciting products to tempt triathletes into parting with some of their cash.  I came towards a booth where I could see a big TV screen on which 2012 Ironman World Champ Pete Jacobs was describing a radical new pedal design and of course I had to go have a look.

At the booth I met former pro tour cycle racer Henk Vogels who was representing the CrankTip brand pedals and we discussed doing a review for Age Group Triathlete Magazine.

 

First Impressions

When I first looked at the pedals I thought they looked large and heavy.  I use small Speedplay’s on my bikes so in comparison the CrankTip’s seemed HUGE. I mentioned he size and weight to Henk and he gave a very quick and very smart answer:  “Would you complain about the additional weight of a turbo charger on your car?”   I said “great answer”. He said the 2-3Kph improvement is certainly worth the weight.  

Technical Stuff

The product website and YouTube videos give lots of details about the benefits of the pedals and a few that stood out for me included:

  • They are designed to give a power advantage by giving a longer crank arm for the down stroke and a shorter arm for the upstroke.
  • The additional “lever” type design of the pedals develops more power.
  • The lower top and bottom centre position allows the saddle to be lower which gives a lower centre of gravity and slight aerodynamic advantage.
  • The pedals give a smother pedalling action which allows the rider to be less fatigued after riding and is better for things like knee problems.

 

Henk loaned me a set to trial and cautioned me to give them a couple of weeks before drawing any conclusions.  The pedals are undergoing numerous technical tests and the results of these will all be published on the CrankTip website as they are completed. My angle on testing was to do with “How they feel”.


How they felt

I fitted the pedals to my road bike first and went off on a regular riding circuit. One can never be sure how much of it was mental but I felt there was an immediate improvement in power. I particularly noticed the difference that first ride on hills. Looking back now I can see that the lever action and extended crank would cause this.

As the week unfolded I became aware of the way the pedal slides front to back and found it really helped me focus on my rotation technique on the bike.  There is a slight “click” that you feel as the pedal moves back and forward.  Further into the two weeks test, as I became more used to the pedals, the click wasn’t noticeable anymore but if I concentrated on it I could feel it again and check my technique.

To finish the test I did a long ride on a criterium track firstly with the road bike then switched the pedals to the TT bike with both bikes feeling as though there was a distinct improvement.

Over the years I have found the real test to be when you switch back to what you had.  I can remember more than once upgrading my bike thinking I’ll use the old bike to commute and the new one to race. Invariably I take one ride back on the old bike and say ‘’No chance!”  
Switching back to my old pedals was just like this. After riding the CrankTips the old ones felt weak, slow and painful …and that’s the best demonstration for me.

 

Observations:

I had a couple of unexpected and pleasing observations when using the pedals:

To look at, the side of the pedal looks a little cumbersome, however when the shoe is connected to the pedal the side nestles in quite snugly against the side of the shoe and actually looks pretty good.

The second pleasing thing is the weight and shape of the pedal means it sits flat when not in use so the process of clipping in is much easier. 

 

Given my initial reservations regarding the size of the CrankTip pedals, I have to say I was very surprised with the result of my testing.  Three or four weeks on and I still get a surprise at times when riding so can see myself sticking to these pedals for sure.

 

Check out the website for more information about CrankTip
http://www.cranktip.com/

 

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