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The XPro is an evo­lu­tion of the Xpresso pedal, with sim­i­lar looks, a hol­low steel axle and a slim­mer car­bon body that smooths the Xpresso’s fairly sharp outer edge. A three­p­o­si­tion, screw­driver-turned cam ad­justs the flex­i­ble car­bon blade spring’s re­lease ten­sion. Our pair weighed 223g, plus 91g for cleats and fix­ings.


The up­dated XPro cleats re­main 90mm long, their lead­ing edge has dou­bled from 12.5mm to 25mm wide, with a shal­low­pointed rather than flat nose. They’re thicker, and a cou­ple of mil­lime­tres wider at 67mm, with en­larged, taller walk­ing pon­toons, in­creas­ing weight by 3g each.


Pos­si­bly due to new seals, the XPros hang cor­rectly around 90 per cent of the time, and although the pedal’s front is no wider, the cleat’s broader nose lo­cates faster than pre­vi­ous mod­els, and with more cer­tainty. Time’s al­ways-open car­bon spring de­sign means it snaps shut once the cleat is en­gaged, but still al­lows quick 15-de­gree re­lease.

The reck­on­ing

The XPro’s en­closed base and 725mm pedalling plat­form with stain­less steel plates of­fers some aero and pro­tec­tion ben­e­fits, plus ex­cel­lent power trans­fer and se­cu­rity when un­der max­i­mum load. Time’s 1.25mm lat­eral and 5 de­grees of an­gu­lar float is smoother and more con­stant than the com­pe­ti­tion, with­out be­ing in­tru­sive, and when walk­ing the cleats are much less prone to slip­ping.

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