Silca's new 3D printed titanium splint is said to last 4 times longer than brass splints-BikeRadar

2021-12-08 08:55:22 By : Mr. DAVID CHEN

Compared with inventory settings, cleats can save up to 30 grams

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Silca’s new 3D printed titanium double-bolt mountain bike clipless pedal cleats are said to last four times longer than brass cleats.

The cleats priced at $85 are 3D printed from 6Al 4V titanium and have a "hollow" structure, leaving gaps filled with gyroscopic lattices.

The main claimed advantage of titanium splints is increased strength. They are said to be about twice as strong as ordinary brass splints. This combined life expectancy is approximately three to four times that of standard brass splints.

Brass cleats are used for Time Atac and Link pedals, as well as Crankbrothers pedals. However, the product page of cleats does not describe the comparison of cleats with steel stock Shimano SPD cleats in terms of service life.

We have asked Silca for clarification and will update this article when we get more information.

It is said that the cleats have also reduced a moderate weight. Compared with a set of steel Shimano cleats, the entire titanium cleats and hardware kit are said to be reduced by up to 30 grams.

It is said that the strength of titanium cleats is slightly lower than the steel fixing plates used in clipless pedals. This means that they are still worn/disposable items in a typical pedal system.

The cleats can be used with the standard two-bolt Shimano SPD system, Crankbrothers pedals, and 10 degree Time Atac pedals.

Of course, the cleats come with matching titanium hardware. Unusually, they use T25 heads (4 mm hex heads are more commonly used for cleats), and Silca claims that these heads are not prone to long-term wear.

It is said that this $85 cleat has been tested by six athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The cleats will be shipped in late November, and the international pricing is yet to be determined.

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