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Product Review - Xpedo M-Force 8 Ti MTB pedal

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |January 24, 2013 12:19 AM
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Xpedo M-Force 8 Ti Pedal - Prepare To Be Surprised

Written by: Shannon Boffeli

In the exclusive world of mountain bike pedals Xpedo is by no means a major player. Shimano and Crankbrothers dominate the landscape in PedalLand leaving little room for anyone else. The M-Force 8 Ti however, is a persistent little sprout willing itself to grow in the shadow of the big manufacturers.

The M-Force 8 Ti is a pleasant surprise, particularly for anyone not completely satisfied with the current pedal choices. The pedal performs well in all situations and combines many of the best features from Shimano and Crankbrothers into one package. Itís lighter than a Shimano SPD while still offering the positive, locked-in feel you wonít get from a Crankbrothers Eggbeater.

The Tech

Our pair of M-Force 8s weighed in at just 215 grams (see photo above). Itís titanium spindle and ti-investment body saves significant weight, 94 grams on the Shimano XTR. The Ti spindles have a 180lbs rider weight limit but a cromoly version is available that bumps the total weight of the pedals up to 260 grams.

Similar to a Shimano, the M-Force includes a tension adjust allowing the rider to control ease of entry and release. The tension adjuster has an easy to read indicator on the side making it simple to match spring tensions side to side.

The M-Force cleat offers 6 degrees of float and is similar to a traditional cleat with wider wings to create more contact surface between rider and pedal (see photo above). M-Force pedals are Shimano compatible making those mid-ride bike swaps with your friends that much easier.

The M-Force 8 offers a positive connection to the bike. With a solid click, there is no mistaking when your foot is fully engaged in the pedal. Eliminating the sloppy feel you get with other pedals, the M-Force insures 100% power transfer from foot to pedal with every turn of the cranks.

For durability the M-Force 8 rolls on 3 cartridge bearings proving sturdy enough to withstand a full season of beating from some of the best ultra-endurance riders in the country including Amanda Carey, Kalan Beisel, and Drew Edsall.

The Ride

Ride performance of the M-Force 8 was second to none. The pedal handled the roughest terrain without premature ejection from bashing through rocky sections. I never doubted my connection with the bike and had no doubt the pedal would do exactly what I asked it to.

The tension adjustment makes dialing in the perfect amount of resistance to entry and exit a snap. Exit from the pedal is fluid with a consistent uniform feel.

Mud and sand clearance was not a problem as the Xpedo has an open pedal body construction that allows mud and sand to easily clear.

Overall the M-Force 8 Ti was a pleasant surprise, combining the lightness of an Eggbeater with the positive feel and durability of a Shimano and strong enough for that hardest riding.

 

Pedal Comparison

Pedal

Weight

Price

Xpedo M-Force 8 Ti

216 grams

$269

Shimano XTR M980

310 grams

$250

Crankbrothers Eggbeater 11

180 grams

$425

Xpedo M-Force 8 Cr

260 grams

$189

 

Click Here to learn more about the full Xpedo line of pedals. All Xpedo pedals can be ordered off their website or through your local bike store

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I have been on these amazingly light, buttery smooth and shockingly durable pedals for YEARS now without a single problem. By far the best xc race pedals on the market.
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