The Xpedo CXR pedal has been on the market for two years now. The clipless pedal was designed for off road use with shoes that have recessed cleats–similar to the Shimano SPD Crankbrothers platforms. For Interbike 2016, Xpedo brought out a new alternate version of the pedal, dubbed the CXR PRO.
The CXR PRO features the same 6061 forged aluminum body that is found on the original CXR, as well as the same XPT cleat that offers 6° of float (though they are compatible with SPD cleats). The difference between the two models is found at the spindle, with the CXR utilizing a cromoly spindle while the PRO model opts for titanium. This titanium spindle helps the CXR PRO save 55g over its predecessor for a final weight of 240g per pair.
Cleats are retained with Xpedo’s Posi-Lock system, and the company claims that a larger front retention claw helps riders clip in more consistently when the pedals and/or cleats are clogged with mud.
Colorful anodized finishes are a staple in the Xpedo lineup, an approach SPD-alternative Issi pedals also takes. Perhaps drawing from the wild/mild concept popularized by Santa Cruz, the CXR PRO is available in either a flashy blue/gold colorway, or a more subdued black/gold finish. Xpedo expects the pedals to be available by the end of 2016 with a retail price of $169 USD for the pair. Both pedals spin on a set of three cartridge bearings, and Xpedo offers replacement bearings and spindles for when the pedals need servicing.
Xpedo will still produce the CXR with cromoly spindles, although some of the bling factor is sacrificed as the spindles and springs make a color change from gold to black. The CXR weighs in at 295g per pair with a retail price of $109 USD
More info: xpedo.com (although the CXR PRO is not on the site as of this posting)
See our still-growing collection of new cyclocross and gravel products from 2016 Interbike here.