Mavic Road Pedals

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A delta-style road pedal is a delta-style road pedal, right? I'd have a hard time arguing against that statement if I were talking to a first-time buyer; To someone just getting on board with road pedals, they're going to feel revolutionary regardless of whether they're made by Shimano, Look, or Mavic. What differentiates the offerings from each brand really comes down to nuance: Platform size, cleat durability, bearing durability, weight, material, spring adjustability, etc. I can't sell you on these any differently than I would sell you on Look Keos or Shimano Ultegra pedals, but I can speak from experience:

I have been racing & training on Mavic pedals for the past two years, more or less since they were made available. I had previously been on Speedplay Zero pedals. They were fine, but had reached the end of their life and I was ready to try something new. Through my team, I had the option of picking up a pair of the Mavic Race pedals, so I did & was duly pleased. 

Here's what I love the most about them: The mega-spring that controls the release tension is hyper-adjustable and burly as all get-out; If I were to tighten the set bolt down as far as it would go, upping the spring tension all the way, I may end up trapped in these pedals for the rest of my life. That makes them great for short, super-hard efforts. It also makes for very positive engagement. Check out this monster: 

As far as durability goes, the cleat is called the "Dura-Cleat" - I've seen suggestion that the cleats aren't as durable as their name would suggest, but again, I can only really speak from my experience: I've replaced them once. I ride for at least 2hrs every day. I guess I'm not really walking around on them at all, but I can't imagine many riders spend much of their time strolling around all duck-footed in their road shoes.

Those grey pads on all the contact points are a more supple, pliant compound than the business end of the cleat, allowing for a less-slippery walk across mini-mart linoleum. Or, you know, whatever other surfaces you might drag these things across. These pictured give you 7 degrees of float - that's what comes stock with the pedals & what most people will need. That said, if you're a zero-float sort of rider, those are also available in red. 

There are three pedals in the Mavic line: Sprint, Race, and Race SL. The Race SL is the flagship, with an alloy body & titanium pedal spindle. They come in at a feathery 110g per pedal. That's a good bit lighter than Dura-Ace pedals, at a fraction of the price: $250 for the pair. I use the Race pedals. The difference is that the spindle is chromoly, the weight goes up a touch, and the price comes down to $150. For what it's worth, I value the durability of a chomoly spindle more than I'd value saving a little weight. For fifty fewer monies, you get the Sprint, which is also alloy & chromoly with some added weight. They're a great entry-level part for those new to road pedals, given the ease of clipping in & value. 

Road season is nearly upon us, come on in & we'd be happy to help you get your pedal game sorted out!

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SKS Raceblade Long

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Putting in some long winter base miles? If you're at all like me, you've been taking advantage of the relatively dry weather we've been having, in the process scuffing up the paint on your seatstays and fork blades with your clip-on fenders. Maybe you're even having to stop every now and again (perhaps after a sneaky pothole) to adjust how they sit in relation to your wheels. SKS, the company behind the ever-popular Raceblade fenders, is clued in to the flaws of the rubber-affixed system that we've all become used to. New for this winter are the SKS Raceblade Long fenders. Behold: 

Rather than attaching to your frame directly, these have removeable tabs that sandwich underneath your QR skewers and brake calipers. First-time installation takes a few minutes, but after that they go on and come off as easy as the original Raceblades. 

Here is how they interface with your brake caliper:

The metal tab stays, the rest clips on and off in an instant, with minimal effort or adjustment.

They offer a substantial amount more coverage than the original Raceblades, too, extending well beyond the caliper, both front and rear. So not only will you keep your butt & feet dry, your riding buddies will also be pleased to not be eating grit and grime while fighting to hold your wheel! 

We have a pair in stock right now, come get 'em installed and add a little comfort and convenience to the many miles ahead!

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Rossignol Soul 7

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Soul 7 is a game changer.

It's game changer in that at 180 length & 106 underfoot, the ski is super turny, super nimble, super fun. It is essentially a one-ski quiver. 

Try it as an AT ski, but it also grooms like a champ & will float in powder - it's fully rockered. 

Oh, and it's light as air. 

You'll notice it's not on Rossi's website - That's because it's next year's ski. Need it now? Well, are expecting a phone booth (excellent!) full of them any day now. We'll be one of the only shops in the Northeast to have them in stock, so stop on by to check them out. They really do need to be seen (& of course skied) to be believed!

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