iSSi Trail and Trail Triple clipless pedals review

Longer than standard pedal axles with color options

Pedals
The $100 iSSi Trail pedal is offered in eight colors including the hi-vis yellow. There are three spindle lengths.

The $100 iSSi Trail pedal is offered in eight colors including the hi-vis yellow. There are three spindle lengths (click to enlarge).

Lowdown: iSSi Trail and Trail Triple clipless pedals

If you’re dying to color coordinate your pedals or if you would benefit from having longer than standard pedal axles, iSSi pedals will fit the bill. The Trail models offer increased contact area and the Trail Triple adds an extra bearing for durability. Find out more in our full review below.

Stat Box
Weight Trail Triple: 404g MSRP: $100 Trail, $120 Trail Triple, $52 axle kits
Weight Trail (with +6mm axles): 420g Rating: 4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 out of 5
Colors: black, silver, pink, lime green, hi-vis yellow, red, hi-vis orange, blue

Pluses
Minuses
  • Great value
  • Less float than comparable SPD
  • Color options
  • Fitting options
  • SPD intercompatibility

Review: iSSi Trail and Trail Triple clipless pedals

More. I always want more. More reliability, more affordability, more fit options, more colors. Thankfully I’m not alone. This creates opportunity for companies like iSSi pedals, a Quality Bicycle Products brand (sister to Salsa, Surly, All-City, Jagwire, 45Nrth, Foundry, etc.) launched a couple years ago, to offer a wide variety of clipless pedals for those of us who want more.

iSSi’s $120 Trail Triple pedal features three sealed cartridge bearings, adjustable tension and comes in a variety of colors.

iSSi’s $120 Trail Triple pedal features three sealed cartridge bearings, adjustable tension and comes in a variety of colors (click to enlarge).

While iSSi offers several road and mountain bike models, I’ve spent the last two months riding both the brand’s off-road Trail and Trail Triple models. The affordable $100 Trail model is offered in a rainbow of colors, eight in total with several high-vis options as well as classic black and silver. The Trail pedal uses a chromoly steel axle, aluminum pedal body, sealed cartridge bearing and a bushing.

The Trail models feature a larger aluminum pedal body that offers a larger platform and protects the mechanism.

The Trail models feature a larger aluminum pedal body that offers a larger platform and protects the mechanism (click to enlarge).

The Trail model is also a bike fitter’s delight with +6mm and +12mm spindle options, as well as standard 52.5-millimeter length. This is more useful than you might imagine. For fat bikers using insulated riding shoes it is often necessary to use washers to clear the crank arms. For people with wide hips or those of us who ride duck foot, a longer spindle can help with alignment. I rode a pair of hi-vis yellow Trail pedals with the +6mm axles. The pair weighed 420 grams without cleats.

The $120 Trail Triple version costs an extra $20 and that pays for an extra sealed cartridge bearing inside the pedal body. Though the extra bearing adds 6 grams to a pair of pedals it should also make for a longer life and smoother running. Out of the box, the Triple version spun more freely than that standard model. Unlike the standard version of the Trail pedal, the Triple is not compatible with the longer spindle options. It too is offered in a wide variety of colors, the same as the standard model. Both the Trail and Trail Triple utilize a mud-shedding casting for the pedal body and the same engagement mechanism.

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About the author: Nick Legan

Nick Legan is happiest with some grease under his nails and a long dirt climb ahead. As a former WorldTour team mechanic, Legan plied his trade at all the Grand Tours, Spring Classics, World Championships and even the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In recent years, gravel and ultra-distance racing has a firm grip on Legan’s attention, but his love of mountain biking and long road rides hasn’t diminished. Originally a Hoosier, Legan settled in Boulder, Colorado, 14 years ago after finishing his time at Indiana University studying French and journalism. He served as the technical editor at VeloNews for two years and now contributes to Adventure Cyclist, Mtbr and RoadBikeReview.


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  • Peper says:

    Shimano pedals only for me thanks. I’m not down with the whole pimped out colorway kit featuring Wellgo re-branded ISSI. According to them they don’t support the multi release of the M56 cleat shimano offers. However if single release mechanisms are good enough then you can’t get better than Shimano’s standard m51 cleat offered in the 520 pedal for under $30 bucks or the 530 trail pedal under $32 at http://www.jensonusa.com on sale now!

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