eXotic AM / Dh clipless – Flat pedal
It seems there will always be the debate about which is best, Flats or Clips. Everyone has their own ideas. However that may not be such a problem as those clever folk at eXotic have solved it to a point by doing, Both.
They aren’t what you call lightweight compared to some of today’s offerings and they do bear a passing resemblance to the old Shimano offerings of days gone by, but hang on they are only £32.19. Now that’s ridiculously cheap. Even for a flat pedal let alone a clipless version. Strangely whilst they are a bit bulky, they aren’t anymore so than the DMR V Twin. But are they any good?
Well they are. It does take some getting use to the idea that one side is a clipless system and the other a flat but this isn’t a worry because as long as you have fairly flat soled clipless shoes the flat side grips quite well. Not perfect but well enough for those moments you aren’t sure you want to be clipped in or are just getting going. They are a decent size so there’s plenty of room for your feet. I would of liked to of seen a better system than a plate either end but it’s not the be all and end all. I had no trouble using the flat side in a variety of different foot wear.
The clipless side is also pretty good. No it doesn’t have the clever floating/ sprung system like some pedals and the cleats are rather different. But clipping in is fairly easy and straightforward. They aren’t as positive as a certain other pedal and I did find they required a bit more force to engage. Clipping out was a bit too easy at times too, but for the most part they are pretty good. A wide platform keeps your foot well balanced and feels rather reassuring to and you don’t particularly feel you are floating on top of the pedal. I did find I had to run the cleats a bit further forward, but whether this is because of the pedal or the shoe I’m not sure.
So overall these are a cheap and clever way to get into Clipless pedals and they actually work well. If they were a little thinner they would be even better but they should last a while due to lack of flex. They are aimed at All Mountain and Downhill, but I can see them being a good commute pedal too. Once again eXotic have done a sterling good job.