After two years of R&D and race testing (including a Gold at the Pan Am Games), Sampson’s Stratics Carbon pedals are finally for real.
It was actually over a year ago since we last posted on them, and I had a chance to hold one at Interbike for a second. First impression is good for the weight, and the size of the platform is impressive. They use their “no rock” design to keep the pedal stable left to right.
Two models are available, a 97g Carbon Ti and a 123g Carbon Steel. The difference, as you’ve probably guessed, is the spindle material. The Ti gets a hard coated (gold) 6/4 titanium spindle and the other is steel. Both use fully sealed bearings and a new cam-style entry and locking mechanism. Sampson says this makes entry almost automatic. Tension is adjustable, and they offer a very low platform height. Cleats are hardware add just 69g for the pair, putting the Ti model at 263g all in and 312g for the Steel. Retail is $349 and $249 respectively.
UPDATE: 175lb rider weight limit on the titanium spindles.