How does the Bythlon system work? Is it magnetic?
No. There are no magnetics, no clips, no locks. We use a form fitting connection to keep the cleat plate engaged with the pedal. The cleat plate has protruding arc-shaped cleats that fit into the pedal body’s matching recesses. The arc shape helps you by guiding the cleat into position when stepping in. Once stepped in, the cleats are engaged with the pedal and secure you in the horizontal pane. You can’t slip off the pedal.. Most importantly, the Bythlon system never locks you in vertically, so you can step out at any time. Bythlon combines the performance aspect of using cycle shoes with the safety of a flat pedal, you will never get stuck.
What tools do I need to mount the cleats and pedals?
You will need a 3mm and 6mm Allen key, also known as hex keys. If you want to replace existing pedals or cleats, you may need additional tools like a 15 mm wrench or different size Allen key.
I’m used to riding in clipless – how does Bythlon differ?
The Bythlon system does not lock you to the bike, hence you will not need to twist to unlock, you simply step out of the pedal. The connection with the system is made whilst in motion. You start by aligning the cleat into the pedal shape, then whilst pedalling, and whilst climbing even the steepest of hills, your feet will stay engaged until such time when you need to slow to a stop.
All online reviews are sent and directly uploaded to our website by our customers, however if you’re skeptical about their words then many Facebook cycling forums offer unbiased reviews of the system, the most popular being Velovixens. (type Bythlon into their chat search once joined).
The Bythlon system took years of innovation and investment to create, and we import directly from our leading manufacturers in Taiwan. The system is competitively priced and once you’ve invested in the pedals, replacement cleats thereafter are only £17.99.
The Bythlon Pedal does not lock you in. You can pull out any time without having to unlock or overcoming any spring resistance. Bythlon pedals are a solution for those who aren’t focused on perfecting the ultimate pedal stroke. Although the pull method is a common conversation topic, there is much published research to challenge whether the pull method is applicable to the cycling style of > 95% of cyclists.
Absolutely! Described by many as “magic” the system allows you to cycle at all performance levels, in road shoes, without being locked in. With more cyclists on the road now than ever before, accidents are more prevalent, drivers are less patient, and the great british roads can be a nightmare for potholes. All of these concerns are removed with Bythlon, as you can release instantaneously. This gives you freedom and peace of mind to enjoy your cycling, whether for leisure, performance or commuting.
One pedal weighs 144 grams (5 ounces) and the cleat plates weigh 43 grams (1.5 ounces). The pedal’s width is 3.5 inches (89 mm), length 3.2 inches (84 mm). The total axle length is 89 mm, the axle part that protrudes the crank is 77 mm. The pedal’s centre distance to the crank is 52 mm.
The pedal body is made of a lightweight polyamide (PA) glass fiber compound. The axle is made of durable Chromium Molybdenum (Cr-Mo) Steel. The axle system is using a bushing and a bearing.The cleat plate is made of two materials: The cleat plate body is made of fiberglass and the tips of the cleats are Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) to prevent sliding on smooth surfaces.
No, the patent-pending Bythlon technology is proprietary. You can’t use another system’s cleat or pedal.
The Bythlon system works with every road bike shoe that has the standard three threaded holes in the soles that work with Shimano SPD-L, Look, Keo and others. Bike shoes are generally divided into two groups. One is for road bikes and has a triangle configuration of three threaded holes that are used to mount the cleat on the sole. The cleat protrudes the sole. The other one is made for mountain bikes and has two recessed threaded holes. A mountain-bike cleat can be mounted recessed, which makes it a bit easier to walk.
Yes, you can use them if they have the standard three threaded holes.
It is made in Taichung, Taiwan, where most of the world’s high-end bike components are produced. It is designed by Bythlon’s German development team and manufactured by a renowned company with many years of experience producing pedal systems including Peloton and Cube.
Not at the moment. We found that the vast majority of riders prefer a floating configuration that allows a few degrees of freedom for the feet to tilt when biking. They find that this releases stress from the knee and hip joint.
Yes, we recommend ordering additional sets of cleats not only for extra bike shoes but as well to replace cleats that may wear over time eventually. Bythlon cleats are made through a patented two material production process with exceptionally durable materials for the cleats’ top but as is the same for every cleat, they will wear and tear, especially from walking on hard ground.
Understandably, the more you walk on your cleats the quicker they are going to wear. Our advice is to use a nail file to file any areas of the cleat moulds that may fray over time. This immediately solves any issues with the cleats connecting into the pedals.
Due to form-fitting technology, you are connected to your bike whilst riding. This means you can take on climbs without your cleat disengaging from the pedal. When you wish to stop, you simply step out of the pedal, meaning no twist action is required to unclip.
We are currently at prototype stage with developing cleat covers for the Bythlon system (by popular demand!). In the meantime, we recommend walking on your heels whenever possible, or carrying foldable shoes for any short walks that may be necessary.