Thursday, March 24, 2016

Review: Twenty6 Predator Ti Pedal (Generation 2)

16 months of testing of the Generation2 version of the Predator pedal is finally over, and the conclusion is crystal clear. Tyler (the man behind Twenty6) promised an evolution of the much acclaimed Prerunner pedal. Pretty much everything was reviewed and improved upon... And Tyler delivered....with the Gen2.

The result is the Predator pedal; thin, big, lightweight, grippy, and more expensive than your car. I wanted to find out whether this pedal is worth your hard earned cash, or whether this a CNC adventure gone wrong? Read on and find out. But first the basics:

Enduro sealed bearing, and quad o-ring seals should keep this sucker going strong for a long time.
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Self lubricating tapered turcite bushing, on a burly nitride coated titanium spindle. The CNC milled pedal body is has a concave and offset design, and each pin is isolated and raised so that the foot is resting less on the pedal body, and more on the pin itself. This pedal has more tech than your flat screen tv.
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My pin-system is smarter than your pin-system. No seriously, have a look at this picture to fully understand why this is such a smart system.
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The Predator is slightly taller than the 11mm Point One Racing Podium Pedal. But overall the Predator is bigger. If some of you would want some more comparison pics, please say so in the comments field, and Ill upload them. Comments does not require a sign-in.
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Predator with a Ti-axle. 343grams. Pretty close to the claimed 340 grams
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The amount of grip is really good. If you are a 5.10 shoe user (and if you are not, you should be), be prepared to experience some serious grip. The pedal body is large and thin, finally a pedal where there is enough real estate to rest the entire width of your foot, and I really like that. The grip is not as good as the E13 LG1 pedal, but its close.
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16 months of testing has given me a very good idea of what the Predator pedal has to offer; a lot. The huge platform with the amazing grip are definitely the highlights, and are quickly apparent. What comes after months of testing is the question about durability, and there is nothing to put my finger on here either. These pedals are tough, and durable, and continue to take heat. Top that of with the fact that they are thin as well, and offer a innovative pin-system, and you have yourself a winner, and a product above the competition. If you got the cash, then there are no excuses not to get these.
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Generation 1 -issue
After 17 months of intense use, the generation 1 pedal had a catastrophic failure. The pedal body snapped during a jump session. I wasn't hurt, and there was no drama, it just felt weird, and my foot "collapsed" into the remaining pedal body, allowing me to ride-it out - so to speak. The generation 2 version is improved according to Tylor wrote me: "On the supporting arms that come off from the center, I removed a few through holes and replaced them with counter bored holes."
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All 3 pedals are actually quite big, but the predator still ranks among the biggest out there. Lots of real estate for your foot.
From left: Specialized Boomslang, E13 LG1, Twenty6 Predator.
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The Good:
-Huge platform
-Good grip
-Smart pin-system
-Gen2 is durable

The Bad:
-Replacement pins are very expensive (and so is the pedal)

Score: 5/6

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