Redshift Arclight PRO SPD pedals get built-in rechargeable lights
Redshift aims to transform night riding to be a safe chore with its Arclight PRO pedals that come with integrated lights, and now, SPD-cleat compatibility.
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The release of the SPD platform for the Arclight PRO pedals - which were first released last year in a flat pedal 'City' configuration only - expands the usability of the pedals from commutes to real trails. The new Arclight PRO pedals feature both flat and clipless engagement and you can configure the PROs as dual-sided flats or clipless—even a combination of each, with flat pedal capability on one side and clipless on the other.
But what really distinguishes these pedals from regular dual-sided SPD pedals is their illumination profile. The pedal bodies have integrated lights operating in three modes: flash, eco-mode and solid. Researchers have proven that pedal lights trigger better rider awareness in drivers. When illuminated, the dynamic motion of a pedal stroke is believed to make riders 57% more visible than a static bike light when riding at night.
The Arclight PRO pedals have a battery endurance of 36 hours and are conveniently rechargeable via USB. Using the four-slot recharger, you can plug in and recharge all four light pods at once. Each pedal takes two light pods.
Are you concerned about accidentally depleting the battery by forgetting your Arclight PRO pedals ‘on’ after getting home? SmartSet technology knows when you have stopped riding and depowers the system. It also orientates the illumination and beam colour, ensuring white light projects forward and red faces rearwards.
Beyond the lighting technology, the Arclight PRO pedals spin on low-friction sealed bearings and promise to be easily serviceable.
Flat shoe riders can be obsessive about the available traction of their pedals. The Arclight PRO flat pedals are engineered to accommodate ten replaceable traction pins. Those should provide all the secure shoes-to-pedal interfacing you require, even when participating in a muddy winter night ride.
The Arclight PRO clipless pedals retail for £150/$175, and the flats are priced at £130/$160. Engineers have designed these pedals with full compatibility, which means you can convert clipless to flat, or the other way around.
For roadies/commuters, not MTB.
Our brains are quite attuned to spotting movement and a moving light is more visible than one attached to a seat post, which is one of the reasons why we have pedal reflectors. These are also side-visible which is important when commuting.
I quite like the integration and the battery life is good. As is that charging dock. But I have no use for them as I only ride in daylight these days. Were I still doing a 6am/6pm commute I might stump for a set.
I too am confused by these.
I'm presuming just expanding the range.
Commuting/utility mountain biker me, occasionally recreational. Flat shoes, love my 3 different pairs of 5 10 freeriders. It is so difficult to get a quality set of flat pedals with holes drilled for pedal reflectors. Wellgo still do them, but every set I see on Singltrack don't. My original DMR V12s had them, the updated replacements didn't. I like pedal reflectors, bolt on ones, not the push in ones, they vanish too quickly, bolt on ones die over a much longer period. (I also wear reflective/hiviz reversable ankle bands)
These pedals really aren't for me. Should be a perfect fit. And I'm rare. Mountain biking is not about hiviz, reflectives and reflectors. And I love ingenious lights.
What's the point of these?