Industry veterans Carl Winefordner and Frank Hermansen, the founders of Crankbrothers; Todd Latta, the former general manager of Ritchey Design Asia and director of Essanty business development in Taiwan, Mike Morgan, formerly the director at Star Trac fitness equipment and Steve Cuomo, the owner of Biketube Brand and former head of product at Cannondale and GT have teamed up to create a universal indoor pedal system called Fit 5.
According to Fit 5, one side of the pedal is compatible with Shimano SL, Look Delta and Look Keo three-bolt road cleats, while the other side works with two-bolt SPD mountain bike cleats. Riders can also opt to use non-cleated shoes via a platform with a toe clip and strap that locks into the road side of the pedal.
Additionally, a switch converts the road side between the three cleat systems, along with a lever to adjust entry and release tension on the road side, while tension on the SPD side is adjusted with a hex wrench.
“Anecdotally, the wife has a Peloton, and the husband rides a road bike. He uses Keos and she uses the Delta pedals that came with the bike … so the (Fit 5) pedal allows them to share a bike without having to switch pedals all the time,” explains Cuomo. “Keep in mind this is a wealthy area with a lot of Pelotons.”
The pedal’s heat-treated chromoly spindles have 15mm diameter inboard ABEC 5 bearings that taper to 12mm on the outside, which the engineers claim are the strongest on the market.
“Making strength a priority because studio and gym bikes can get used for 8 hours a day. But even home stationary bike pedals are subject to larger stresses than outdoor pedals,” says Fit 5.
The pedal sells for $129, while the toe clip adapter adds $20 to the price.
Fit 5 recommends against outdoor use of the pedal because of ground clearance.
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