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I just received my Podium pedals (on 31 of december) and I want to share my first impressions. I only rode them twice on my usual trails, a 15 km loop with a lot of rocks and roots, and some small jumps.
I'm an aggressive trail rider and my bike is a Dialled Alpine (hardtail). My previous pedals were really old and worn and... The picture talks for itself. There's no comparaison possible between them and the podium.

Before receiving
I purchased them directly from POR but it's been a long time to wait... They were supposed to be at home in early december but POR have had shipping problems with the bearings. However, Scott is really great, he answers to emails very quickly and is very comprehensive. To apologize for the delay he sent optional alumunium studs to the pre-orderers. That was very nice of him. Thanks again Scott (and the rest of the team).

Out of the box
The podium pedals are beautifull. So much that I hesitate to put them on my bike and ride them. Firstly I've got to install the studs. It's quite easy to do with the included Allen wrench. Once in my hands they seem light (more than my previous pedals) and they are really tight to spin with hands (almost impossible) but POR says it's normal. Because of the grease in bearings there's a break-in period. I'll verify that.
Once on the bike and riding I didn't notice anymore this "tight to spin" sensation. However they don't turn if you don't have your feet on them. The grip looks phenomenal even if there is only 8 studs a side. But let's see what they are worth on the trails

First Ride : December 31
The weather was rainy and foggy so the trails were wet and muddy. Plus I'm wearing eyeglasses so I was almost blind because of the fog. In fact the conditions were ideal to test the grip of the Podium pedals and they succeeded. I did not slip, not even once or just a little bit. I was glued. Even in a fast roots garden where it was impoosible to pedal with my previous pedals. My feet were always jumping, slipping. I thought it was because of the lack of rear suspension but the Podium pedals have solved the problem. Now I can pedal everywhere even on this fast series of wet roots. I was feeling secured.

Second Ride : January 2
The weather was quite cold, around 0°C (32°F) with snow and glaze. Good test too. As at the first ride Podium pedals didn't slip but because of grease and break-in period the left pedal was a little "tight to spin". In fact it was hard to spin even in pedalling. If I wasn't been forcing, my foot was pushed forward by the rear of the pedal which hardly turned (is tha clear). Fortunatly this unpleasant sensation has disapeared now.

First conclusions
Point One Racing is a great company composed by very sympathetic people. Podium pedals are beautifull and very grippy even in bad conditions but need a break-in period (they are designed to have one) to spin easily.
 

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Rami great review. How are they in technical rocky climbing? Do they roll-out on you fatter flats or do they open up the door to good technical climbing with flats?
 

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I didn't expect to but they climb very well. In fact, with my previous pedals I thought that flat pedals were only "pushable" but with Podium ones I discovered that you can also move forward and rearward. While I was pedalling on 90° with my previous pedals I pedal on almost 270° with the Podium (Is that clear?). So they are far better climber than my previous pedals.
 

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I don't know what is Walmart but I think it wasn't a compliment. Did you have any problem with Point One Racing deadatbirth?

Sorry I'm now understanding that you were not talking about Podium but the other Walmart pedals... What an idiot. (English is not my native langage)
 

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Rami: Thanks for the pictures and write-up.

The design is elegant. It takes a lot from Atomlab's Trailking pedals (and the many companies that copied that super-slim pedal including Kona). The spindle shape is like the titanium spindles you see, do you have a price and availability and warranty guarantee on those pedals?
 

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Hey Illnacord, I don't think that Podium takes anything from the Trailking except the "pedal" characteristic. It doesn't have middle platform and the shape is different. But there are both really thin, because thinner is better for pedals. However the Atomlab are beautifull too.
The price is US $169 and Warranty is for one year but don't worry about that. The podium are really stiff/strong and even if you've got a problem I'm sure that Scott Orehek wouldn't let you embarrassed. He really takes care of the customers.
I'm sorry but I don't understand the thing about the titanium spindle.

Jhanney : Interesting combination. You should post some pictures and comments about them once they'll be delivered, installed and ridden. Like that we could have a real comparison between the Podium and other "real flat pedals". Viking boy should do the same.
 

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wanted them in the nickle though! i am currently on dark cycles arachnids and wellgo b141s at the moment. lets see how the podium holds up. my previous trailkings were not too good loose bearings every now and then. could just had been a one off issue. but it was depressing owning it and had to tighten this and after every few rides

but to be fair to all consumers. lets see how this holds up. nothing is worst then down time or a broken pedal in the middle of nowhere. i have all their stems and a good reason why i must have these pedals.
 

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Does the sole of your shoe rub on the spindle like the crampons

Does this happen?
I am doing more and more freeride and wanted to replace my clipless pedals with the best platform pedal as switching back and forth can cause problems. I just got the Crampons. A great design with a fairly serious flaw, that is if you want to use them for long rides with lots of climbing. These pedal are great for DH and Freeride, love how thin they are, it makes a noticable difference in clearance, deflection and using the more of the pedal stroke. The problem is that the sole of my 5.10's rub on the spindle hard eough to feel a fair bit of friction. I set the pins on the right pedal per the instructions and the left with the pins high enough so that my shoe would just barely touch the spindle. After several long rides it is noticable how much drag is created by the shoe contacting the spindle when installed per the instructions. In my opinion they could have easily solved the problem by adding one more pin on each side of the spindle in the middle of the platform (body) and place the pins just a bit closer to the spindle. My plan is go to the machine shop and add the extra pin but the way they have the body designed there is not much material to place the pin in the center (they drilled out too much material to make them lighter).
 

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Too expensive to have to modify

I feel that if you are going to spend that kind of money on a pedal you should not have to modify it. I could see dirt getting under the Tyvek and causing problems but am not certain. Like I said, this is a great pedal for DH and FR. Because it is so light it is attracting the xc crowd and will be the best option for the one pedal does all as soon as they reduce the drag on the spindle. I don't want to Hijack this thread but I would keep my eyes on the Crampons as I think they are already considering a few changes. Maybe the guys at Canfield can chime in.
If they don't take them back I may sell them and wait for the next version or add another pin. I will give an update later.
 

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I feel that if you are going to spend that kind of money on a pedal you should not have to modify it. I could see dirt getting under the Tyvek and causing problems but am not certain. Like I said, this is a great pedal for DH and FR. Because it is so light it is attracting the xc crowd and will be the best option for the one pedal does all as soon as they reduce the drag on the spindle. I don't want to Hijack this thread but I would keep my eyes on the Crampons as I think they are already considering a few changes. Maybe the guys at Canfield can chime in.
If they don't take them back I may sell them and wait for the next version or add another pin. I will give an update later.
If you haven't yet, contact Chris Canfield and relate your experience with him. I'm pretty sure they'll be more than welcome to any feedback on their products.
 
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