Another place to not save weight: Pedals

Obviously this was a Cranksbrother pedal, so it wasn’t long for the world already, but it raises the question: How bad do you want to save 50 grams really?

Steel spindles, real bearings, and thick ass aluminum bodies are pretty damn cool, they cost less, and they could save your life. Or at least your ankle’s life.

Also where is this guy’s upper guide? Carbon cranks, cadence sensor, red chainring, and a gold chain, too. This guy is a rolling KILL LIST article.


36 thoughts on “Another place to not save weight: Pedals

  1. Yes and yes. For reference I run Shimano DX M647s. But playing devil’s advocate, it’s not the worst place to save weight. Everyone has slipped a pedal or come unclipped at an inopportune time. And usually you can ride it out without crashing. And there is generally no difference functionally between a lightweight Ti and steel version of pedals.

    Just saying there are worse places to save grams. Tires, handlebars, and suspension are just a couple off the top of my head.

  2. Rubbish people. The same people who spend $1k on power meters and count Cheerios when trying to reach race weight.

  3. Chuckles, you can admit you choose your chainrings based on frame decal color, and you can admit you snapped a pedal axle on a one-foot drop at 2mph. Everyone will still read your wisecracking.

    Everyone except me, that is. But since I’m irrelevant both on the internet and in The Reality, no loss to anyone there.

    Your grips are red too, aren’t they?

  4. fuk all that shit. my 10year orld kona wah wahs on gnar and rocks that kills your piss poor aluminimum robot face off with their original pins FTMFW, asshollllllllle.

  5. I know you’re on a posting sabitcal but please tell me you saw the Elliot Jackson ETT example today. Top 5 ever.

  6. did our comments scare you away, Charlie? I hope not… You have a responsibility to keep generating glorious content. a commitment you made when you decided to post again. Don’t leave us again… I check this brobot daily now in hopes of high quality journalism. Levy and Spomer just can’t come close to your glorious Lewis & Clark vocabulary and well put together thoughts. In our eyes, you’re the dick we need. The bike industry is a bunch of pussy’s and other media outlets are assholes. You, Charlie, you fuck pussy and asshole.

  7. Maybe Chuckles is trying to morph into a Nice Guy Saying Nice Positive Things.

    Lemme tell ya, Chuckles: pay attention to what happened to David Lowery’s lyrical and musical gifts when he went from snide dissatisfied-but-still-funny man with Camper van Beethoven, to the jovial frat boy with no sense of humor in Cracker.

    Instead of Joe Stalin’s Cadillac or Take the Skinheads Bowling or Where the Hell is Bill?, we got Euro-Trash Girl, a song that tries way too hard to be unsarcastic but still funny. Or some simpering crap like anything after Kerosene Hat, musically or Lyrically.

    But look: now Lowery makes big bucks as a sometime Quant and a sometime Music Biz Professor.

    Does that make up for his squandered gifts? Or does it just fatten his wallet a bit more? Does money make a man more a man, less a man, or just a guy with an XY chromosome status?

  8. Chuckles, here’s a good one for you.

    Why do people like Brandon Turman and Lee Trumpore talk like girls? More particularly, like Jewish girls who grew up in Southern California?

    To all the people out there who are 30 y.o. or younger, be aware that as recently as 15-20 years ago, no self-respecting man talked that way. No self-respecting teenaged boy talked that way.

    Go back even further, and remember that Frank Zappa even made a song mocking that style of talking.

    But in the 2d decade of the 21st Century, it’s almost the dominant way of male conversing, to sound like a spoiled Jewish girl from Southern California.

    Why did this happen, Chuckles? Who or what is to blame?

    And will it kill mountain biking?

    Do robots talk this way, Chuckles?

  9. That was good, here’s a dollar,
    For a guy so concerned about the way people speak you don’t seem too concerned about the way you sound.

  10. You sound like you have sand in your vagina. Btw you might want to check the meaning of “condescension”

  11. gime,

    Heckuva try there little fella. Rhetorically speaking, that’s the Nappy TNT of “sweet bike, take it on any jumps?” fame. Sorry about your reading comprehension and your imagination, but there’s no sand anywhere near me & a vagina resides in the opposite sex rather than mine. I appreciate the attempt at metaphor though. Gotta keep it real, as in “really childlike,” eh?

  12. 3 weeks without the robot overlord and people are turning on each other in the comments.

  13. Yeah, apparently General Lee and the Iceman don’t like people talking about their femme voice and so their Fanclub President had to call me a something-or-other and imply that I have this-or-that form of _________ handicapping my mind. Killer scene, man! Top 40 radio!

  14. If I wanted smug has-beens to offer the dead wit of a dumbkopf, I would hang out on ridemonkey or talk to kevin bazar on TGR.

  15. So I’m guessing the YT guys think sponsoring Schley will sell a lot of Capras to “freeride” fans who are 40+ years old with a picture of MTB frozen in time around 2001 with The Schleyer as their idol.

    That’s got to be at least 25 Americans and 1,000 Canadians from BC.

    Schley is like the Canadian Lopes, but without the actual bike talent.

  16. Chuckles, tell the Head Monk in your Monastery that you need to go walkabout. Sneak your phone out of your stash and give us the latest. Was Umberto Eco correct? Is there a disturbed guy there with his Cat O’ Nine Tails self-flagellating the days away? Who killed the dead monk? We need to know.

  17. Chuckles, maybe you could do a good review of B. Girltalk Turman’s “review” here:,3/Santa-Cruz/Blur-CC-XX1-Reserve-29,22353#product-reviews/3129

    The bit about “finding the limits of the bike” would be especially good, if only you spend time focusing on how 95% of people talking MTB on the internet are riding “enduro” (mini-DH) bikes on primarily XC trails and being over-biked.

    You know what I mean here: non-athletes who try to seem badass by riding badass bikes, who can only find “the limit” of a bike by riding like a hack, crashing it into rocks, or ghost-riding it off a cliff.

    The opportunities are endless! You could even crack wise on Seb Kemp’s history of trying to be funny on the internet… and failing.

  18. Jesus, Charlie, time to post comments on PB but not throw out a post even AFTER the SP to Haibike debacle, to name but one MTB related example of jackassery that is a beer league lob to churn out an interesting blog post? It’s ironic that Team Robot’s creator turns out to be so incredibly human.

  19. More pinkbike comments, and no posts.

    #ripcharlie. The robots have claimed the master.

    It was fun while it lasted.

  20. Cory Yalowicki: TIRES are a worst place to save weight?! If you can find a lighter but strong enough tire, it’s literally the best place to save weight!

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