The Ergon PC2-S pedals are ergonomically designed, comfortable and efficient, for commuters, tourers and recreational riders.
For those who aren't familiar with the work of Ergon, the company's raison d'etre is – the name's a bit of a giveaway here - to produce ergonomically designed bike components and accessories. Most famous for their handlebar grips, the PC2 is Ergon's first foray into the murky world of pedal production.
System EX SED 365 pedals aren’t the least bit glamorous but stripped and reloaded with lashings of lovely marine grease; make serviceable pedals for everyday town hacks. Bargain basement homage to Campagnolo’s classic rattraps, their aggressively serrated cages are drilled for toe-clips and straps but conveniently entertain anything from sandals to steel toes. Urban terrorists and furious fixers will rejoice in the knowledge their low profiles are particularly sympathetic to aggressive cornering.
On taking the MKS RX-1 pedal out of its box, the first thing that strikes you is quality; quality of workmanship, materials and of finish.
The RX-1 is a platform pedal whose design is primarily intended for the Japanese Kierin circuit, and bears the NJS stamp as proof that is has been accredited for use in official Japanese Keirin races by the sports ruling body.
The MKS Prime Sylvan track pedal is basically an uprated version of the much loved Sylvan (Capagnolo Pista copies) last used to good effect aboard my Raleigh fixer conversion some 20 years ago. Unlike some old flames, the magic lives on only this time with sensibly sealed bearings and a rich electric blue cage proving the perfect complement to the Holdsworth’s livery.
MKS Prime Sylvan tour are essentially copies of the time honoured Campagnolo rat trap having as much to offer tourists and commuters as period bikes/retro builds thanks to their combination of classic looks and solid build quality. The aggressively serrated cage is drilled for toe-clips but entertains pretty much any footwear from sandals to steel toes for added convenience. However, urban terrorists should note their predisposition to grounding when cornering hard.
Conceived as ultra light flat pedals for road riders who choose not to ride clipless, the KCNC Knife pedals are an interesting proposition. Primarily aimed at urban commuters finding the interaction between traffic, lights and clipless pedals (or toe clips) too perilous, but who want more security of foot placement than is offered by plain flat pedals without the additional weight of studded MTB flats.
Genetic's track pro are faithful copies of MKS’ high-end RX1 pedals approved by the Nihon Jitensha Shinkōkai (NJS), the Japanese Keirin association. Intended primarily for Velodrome duties, they may lack the NJS kudos but with low cage profiles and slick, sealed bearings they’ve broader horizons than track and wouldn’t look out of place on a classic 80’s road bike.