INDOOR CYCLING SOLUTION: FIT 5 PEDALS

All too often that brand-new family spin bike becomes a drying rack in the corner of the room. Whether it’s because motivation fades or simply the experience didn’t live up to the hype, one challenge that pervades a multi-user indoor bike is making the fit adjustments in between riders. Saddle height, reach and oftentimes pedals are switched before a ride starts.

Fit 5 Gear is composed of a handful of bike-industry veterans who’ve studied the five most common indoor cleat
and pedal combos and figured they had a solution to fit them all into a single pedal.

THE TECH

Shimano’s SPD and SPD SL, as well as Look’s Keo and Delta cleats, along with toe-clip cages for regular tennis shoes, are all compatible with the Fit 5s. What makes the pedals most appealing is their tool-less nature; each different cleat interface can be selected with the push of a button. The SPD-SL, Delta and Keo cleats all share an interface, while the two-bolt SPD is located on the other side of the pedal. A Delta cleat is mounted to the underside of the cages, which secures them to the pedals.

At over 400 grams per pedal the system isn’t light, which doesn’t matter since they’re intended only for indoor cycling. Of course, due to the obvious clearance issues, the pedals aren’t graded for outdoor riding, either. The robust, die-cast aluminum pedal bodies are paired to tapered heat-treated chromoly pedal spindles fitted with two dual-sealed ABEC 5 cartridge bearings per pedal. 

Glass-fiber-reinforced plastic bits are used on the interface and blue tension release. The system is durable and engineered to handle the abuse that occurs during daily spin-studio use. 

THE RIDE

Installation was easy with an 8mm Allen wrench—all that was required to secure the pedals to our Wahoo Kickr Bike. Dialing in the tension remained simple, too. The three-bolt cleats rely on a tension switch and continue the tool-free nature of the pedal, while the two-bolt SPD uses a traditional 3mm bolt for adjustments.

Owing to our usual weight-geek mindset, our initial impression was that the weight would be a hindrance on the bike. But silly us, it’s not like we’re doing hill repeats on our indoor bike! More often than not we clip in once to start the ride and clip out once when it’s over. This is a reason that the bulky nature of the pedals matters less than usual indoors rather than the start-and-stop riding style that occurs on the road. 

We were reminded of “Troy’s Tech Talk” from July when we learned the impact of rotational weight on a dynamic system in motion, but these pedals are intended for casual riders that are more invested in working out than winning a Zwift race. 

Clipping in and out with our usual Shimano SPD SL cleats felt familiar, and we opted for the tighter tension option. We would have preferred a selection of tension options, but the switch was able to get the tension close to what we wanted. The two-bolt SPD side offered the best experience, as we were able to adjust the tension to what we were looking for. Riding with the cages is not our thing, but setting them up was simple, though. We always struggle getting our tennis shoes to fit comfortably in toe clips.

THE VERDICT

First and foremost, these pedals are purpose-built for indoor riding and ideal for a single bike used by multiple people who use different pedal systems. They’re a worthwhile option to make riding indoors simpler and to remove an extra step in between riders. 

Fit 5 offers the pedals consumer-direct online and through independent bike shops. They run for $149 with the parts for the five-pedal interface, and as an option to save $29 and skip the platform cages.

PUNCH LINES

Indoor use only

No more pedal swapping

Easy adjustments

STATS

Price: $149

Weight: 804 grams

www.fit5gear.com

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