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The Power of Pro-Grade Dual Function Indoor Cycle Pedals: Don't Settle for Look-Alikes

The Power of Pro-Grade Dual Function Indoor Cycle Pedals: Don't Settle for Look-Alikes

In the world of boutique indoor cycling studios and group indoor cycling facilities, the quest for perfection never ends. Studio owners and cycling directors know that even the smallest details can make a big difference in providing an exceptional riding experience. That's why, when it comes to choosing dual function indoor cycle pedals, settling for less can have a lasting impact on performance, safety, and durability.

At Indoor Cycle Pros, we understand the importance of equipping your indoor cycles with the best possible components. In this blog, we'll delve into the critical reasons why utilizing pro-grade commercial dual function indoor cycle pedals is a game-changer for your facility compared to their less expensive "look-alike" counterparts designed for light residential use.

The Look-Alike Deception

On the surface, "look-alike" pedals may appear indistinguishable from their pro-grade counterparts. They may even offer seemingly identical functionality. However, the devil is in the details, and this is where the stark differences emerge.

Quality Matters: Materials and Hardware

In a commercial indoor cycling environment, pedals often take a beating. The most common points of failure in pedals are the LOOK Delta cleat binding, the Shimano SPD binding, the axle bearing, or the axle itself. Pro-grade commercial dual function pedals are engineered to withstand these rigors, setting them apart in terms of performance and longevity.

1. Needle Bearings and Oversized Axles: Pro-grade pedals incorporate large-diameter needle bearings that support an oversized axle, ensuring smoother operation and long-lasting durability.

2. LOOK Delta Cleat Binding: The LOOK Delta side of a pro-grade pedal features a fiberglass-reinforced thermoplastic binding with a tension adjustment and gauge. The tension adjustment screw includes a tension limiter to prevent it from coming out when completely loosened. 

3. Minor Axle Strength: The minor axle that the Delta cleat pivots on is specially designed and engineered to handle the demands of clipping in, clipping out, and rigorous riding.

4. Chromoly Steel Hardware: The hardware for the Shimano SPD cleat binding in pro-grade pedals is made from Cr-Mo (Chromoly) steel, known for its high strength and durability, making it far superior to standard steel.

5. Stainless Steel Abrasion Guard: This guard prevents the pedal from scratching, keeping it looking better longer, decreasing the frequency of replacement, and providing riders with an aesthetically pleasing, scratch-free pedal to clip in and out of.

Warranty for Peace of Mind

Pro-grade commercial dual function pedals come with a warranty that supports their use in a commercial environment. You can typically expect a warranty of 6 months from the date of shipment. In contrast, look-alike pedals either lack a warranty altogether or offer one only for residential use.

The Hidden Liability Trap

One of the most significant concerns for boutique indoor cycling studios and group indoor cycling facilities is liability. Injuries related to pedal failures are unfortunately common due to the use of residential-duty spin pedals in a harsh commercial environment, often exacerbated by improper installation and inadequate maintenance.

Our Recommendation: The Exustar PS-12 Pro-Grade Pedal

For all commercial use applications, including boutique studios, university rec centers, military fitness centers, YMCAs, resorts, health clubs, and city recreation centers, Indoor Cycle Pros strongly recommends the Exustar PS-12 pro-grade indoor cycle spinning pedal. Its superior construction, materials, and warranty make it the ideal choice for ensuring rider safety, performance, and the longevity of your indoor cycles.


In conclusion, never underestimate the importance of selecting the right components for your indoor cycling facility. Pro-grade commercial dual function pedals are not just an investment in equipment; they are an investment in the safety and satisfaction of your riders. Don't fall into the look-alike deception‚ÄĒchoose quality, durability, and peace of mind with pedals designed to withstand the rigors of the commercial indoor cycling environment. Your riders will thank you, and your studio's reputation will soar to new heights.

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