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For a long time the prevailing wisdom has been unless your cleat position is absolutely dialed in, a little float is highly recommended. We are even seeing more and more pro peloton riders, who have unlimited access to the best fitters in the world, opting to go with float. Swiss cycling components company Edco feels traditional float helps, but alone it still forces your legs in an unnatural position throughout the pedal stroke.
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Edco, who has been manufacturing and designing bicycle components for over 100 years, has released its 3ax pedal to solve this problem. In addition to 7° of traditional float (right to left heel movement) the pedals add 4° “sway” which allows the foot to rock side to side on the pedal. This sway takes the foot off of the static plane created by a standard pedal resulting in a spherical motion similar to a ball and socket joint. The whole idea is to get the feet, knee and hip aligned better through the entire pedal stroke.
The laboratory testing done by Edco observed 17% less lateral knee movement, which results in more even foot pressure distribution and ultimately more comfort. It is not just the endurance rider they are targeting either, the laboratory testing also claims efficiency improvements of up to 5.47%. It’s not quite clear what kind of gains 5.47% efficiency improvements translates into, but no matter what the subject is; watts, aero, grams, 5+% increase out of one item is, potentially, monumental.
The pair weighs in at 390 grams, a good 100+ grams more than similar price point pedals on the market, but clearly weight wasn’t Edco’s focus. The stack height is 12.5 mm. The spindle is 54mm long and uses a proprietary alloy. The body is high tensile aluminum treated with a powder coat for added durability. The system is compatible with Keo cleats.
We are eager to clip in and feel the “sway” for ourselves. Usually sway in a pedal stroke is a disconcerting feeling which means it’s time to replace a cleat you should have replaced two months ago, but like with any cleat/pedal change there is the initial period where it feels completely foreign. Check back in the coming months for our full review after we finish testing.