Stick Pedals Clip into Shoes, Lightest ever Built

Touting the lightest clipless bike pedal ever made, today Ultralite Sports LLC of Colorado announced its to-be-released namesake Ultralite pedal system.

They are manufactured in Colorado. Including pedals and cleats, the set weighs just 112 grams — over 100 grams lighter than other pedal systems on the market, the brand touts.

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Radical design: Pedal is blank rod of metal (yet clips into shoe cleat)

Instead of exposed clip-in areas, these pedals have a one-piece spindle design with independent barrels that secure the cleat. The cleats, which bolt to the bottom of a bike shoe, are made of a lightweight, durable nylon.

With most pedals you step down and press, listening for a click. These pedals are different: You slide the cleat in from the side to attach to the pedal; a spring-loaded barrel snaps to hold it in place.

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Two models of the Ultralite Pedal

A company founder noted that in general clipless pedal design has not changed substantially in decades. The rod-like Ultralite pedals are a vast design departure.

There’s no “platform” at all for a shoe to sit on. But the company says this does not matter. “Today’s rigid road shoes allowed us to develop a pedal system that is much more minimalist and lightweight while delivering maximum power and efficiency for everyone from the pros to recreational riders,” said company president and founder Bill Emerson, who is a competitive cyclist.

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Slide in from the side to clip in and engage

The pedals are made of anodized aluminum and will cost $315 to $450, depending on the model. (Model specs outlined below.) On display at the Interbike trade show later this month. Available for purchase in November. We can’t wait to take them for a ride!

—Stephen Regenold

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Pedal and cleat together

Ultralite Pedal Specifications:

Cirrus TI model
> Price: $450
> System Weight: 112g (pedals 72g, cleats 40g)
> Spindle: Titanium (6al/4v)
> Pedal Barrel: Anodized Aluminum
> Plunger: Anodized Aluminum
> Spring: Light and Heavy options available
> Cleat: 4degrees float and 0degrees float options available
> Cleat screws: 3mm hex (M5×8)
> Maximum rider weight: 200 lbs

Nimbus STL
> Price: $315
> System Weight: 146g (pedals 106g, cleats 40g)
> Spindle: Tempered Steel
> Pedal Barrel: Anodized Aluminum
> Plunger: Anodized Aluminum
> Spring: Light and Heavy options available
> Cleat: 4degrees float and 0degrees float options available
> Cleat screws: 3mm hex (M5×8)
> Maximum rider weight: 300 lbs


Cleat for Ultralite Pedal is made of nylon

Posted by jpea - 09/12/2012 08:41 PM

hell yeah! seems like an “obvious” design so it’s great to see it implemented.

Posted by Ryan - 09/13/2012 06:08 AM

Just when I thought walking around in roadie shoes couldn’t get funnier, now add the gorilla walk to the scene!

Posted by Bob - 09/13/2012 03:11 PM

Aero lite pedals, circa 1987. Nothing is new under the sun.

Posted by simm - 09/13/2012 04:05 PM

Do these even have a bearing? It looks like the spindle would rotate in the nylon cleat, causing a not-inconsiderable amount of friction

Posted by matt mccluskey - 09/14/2012 06:39 AM

The only issue I see, there doesn’t seem to be any ability to let the foot rotate, reducing knee pain.

Posted by den manske - 09/14/2012 07:32 AM

I bought the forerunner of these (aero-lites [sp?]) back in the late 1980’s. They were defective in two ways: the foot would slip off the pedal because there was not a “stop” to keep the clamp on the shoe from slipping sideways off of the spindle. Also, the spindle eventually came loose from the base sometimes causing the rider to fall from the pedal and contact the nether regions with the crossbar ! Ouch !

Posted by Wayne - 09/14/2012 07:17 PM

I remember seeing a similar pedal on a bike built for Paula Newby-Fraser back in the mid-nineties. It was hanging in Nytro (Encinitas, CA), and if I’m not mistaken, it was built by Jim Felt. Always wondered what happened to the design, and like Matt, would like to know more about lateral rotation.

Posted by T.C. Worley - 09/21/2012 11:13 PM

Fresh from Interbike, I returned with a pair of these. There are options that allow float, and they are definitely not the same as AeroLite – thought obviously share similar looks. Stay tuned as I will have a first ride coming up soon. Full review on the way shortly thereafter.

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