After the release of their Magnesium Launchpad, Launch Components are back with an aluminum version of their eye catching pedal. While the alloy body reduces the price from the Mag version, it still keeps the weight in check at an impressive 367g per pair. CNC Machined from 7075 T6 billet and hard anodized, the aluminum Launch pads keep the super low profile of the originals with their concave body and wide 120mmx100mm platform.
Developments were made in the bearing system as well – more on that after the break.
Instead of the three outboard bearings offered in the original Launchpad, the newest version includes a solid fiber composite bearing from IGUS which includes their 3 year warranty, and 2 years free servicing from the purchase date. Traction pins are still of the 5mm sacrificial type, meaning if you hit something they will break off to save the pedal body. If that happens, you can still easily remove the pin from the back with a 3mm allen key. Anyone who has ever flattened traction pins that thread in from the front know how important this is. Optional 7mm pins are also available.
The oversized, tapered HSLA steel axle offers downhill strength while keeping the pedals XC light with a hard nickel coating for durability. Aluminum LaunchPads will retail for £139.99 or $216 US.