Interbike 2012: Loaded Components’ lightweight pedals, 1,400g XC/trail wheelset
Though they’re primarily recognized as a gravity-oriented company, Loaded Components are keen to let the world know that they’ve got a wide range of darn light (or X-Lite) offerings for cross country and trail use. Those include a 9g seatpost clamp, a 23g quick release clamp, and a 99g 7075 aluminum stem with titanium hardware and a carbon face plate. But what they’re most excited about at the moment is the new X-Lite tubeless wheelset. Full details and some handsome flat pedals after the break…
Tubeless via what Loaded call True Bead Technology, the 26in shot peened rims come in at just a shade over 400g apiece- and (in a move that warms my old-school heart) include eyeletted spoke holes. Proprietary extra-strong alloy nipples thread onto standard bladed J-bend spokes for easy part replacement. The set comes with all of the current XC and trail axle adapters for a reasonable $799.
Aimed more at the Trail/All-mountain set are these AMX signature pedals. Nicely CNC’d, they’re available with CrMo ($140/328g) or Ti ($270/254g) spindles. Gold anodized traction pins are available for a bit of extra ‘pop!’