All-City Pedals and Cranks
All-City out of Minneapolis was showing off their new Wallner Pro pedals and double straps, showing again that not only do they make bike stuff they actually ride bikes. The roughly $50 pedals feature a true double sided design with sealed bearings for all weather riding, along with a finishing touch reminiscent of old Campy pedals with threaded toe-clip holes to keep those bolts extra snug. The $55 double straps are extra thick, along with stitched and laminated in order to resist tearing and fraying when used in the wet weather that lots of folks find themselves riding in.
Also of note are the external bearing track cranks, which only had a prototype version on display. The cranks use an All-City axle that has ISIS compatible splines on each side and use Shimano compatible external bearings. The arms themselves have replaceable steel pedal threads and a 144mm BCD pattern for true track ring compatibility. Why isn’t the bottom bracket axle connected to one or the other crank like most external cranks today? On a fixed gear the constant back and forth stress under load tends to work the bond loose, making a bolt on interface that much more reliable. Look for pricing and a more refined shape come spring 2011.