The Mavic Race SL Ti Pedals may not have a radical design, but they do have a proven and well-executed design. In the Race SL Ti, Mavic offers a light, refined, and stable pedal that's worthy of the pro-level moniker. What's more, this is one of a select group of pedals with both a titanium spindle and no claimed rider weight limit. So you get the lightness of a Ti spindle, with enough rigidity and strength for larger riders. The Race SL Ti is constructed mainly of aluminum, with a carbon fiber retention assembly. There's also a carbon fiber plate where the forefoot lands for a reliable connection between the cleat and pedal. You'll notice the subtantial width of that cleat/pedal interface -- this is Mavic's Energy Transfer System, which ensures that the sum of your power is directed to the drivetrain. Additionally, Mavic uses only high-quality cartridge and needle bearings for its pedals to ensure that drag is kept to a minimum throughout the lifetime of the bearings, which should be a long time due to their sealed design. Even if the bearings do wear out, the Race SL Ti Pedals are completely serviceable. The Mavic Race SL Titanium Pedals feature tension adjustment via a 3mm hex screw. Mavic pedals use a triangular cleat similar to those used by other manufacturers. However, Mavic's 'DuraCleat' has strategically placed wear-resistant zones so that your coffee shop treks and unexpected hike-a-bike sessions don't erode your ability to clip in securely and mash with confidence. These pedals come with cleats that allow for 7 degrees of angular float, but 0-degree float cleats are available.
Strengths: Quiet, clicking both into and out of is smooth, positive, and secure. They're very light and seem very well made.
Weaknesses: I've got the 6 deg. float cleats. The float is looser than the shimano system. I liked the shimano float feel better. The right pedal seems to be floatier than the left but I may need to play with the adjustment. Also, the Ti spindle means I lost the use of the cadence magnet on the spindle. Had to ditch cadence function of computer all together with the type of cateye I have. No real loss though, who needs cadence anyway? I just push harder on these sweet pedals.
After riding SPD SL Ultegra and 105 pedals for years I decided to upgrade. I love the SPD SL pedals but wanted something a little different, lighter but with a similar platform (really didn't want to pay for the Dura Ace). The pedals really fit the bill. Reports say they result in a wider Q-factor but I can't notice. They're very smooth, positive to click into and just like the shimanos to click out from. They're fantastic looking, light, silent, and pro. I also figured they match well with my Mavic Zxellium shoes, which they do.
Strengths: Low weight, cool styling, something different (every Tom, Dick and Harry use Look, Shimano, Speedplay, etc.), and a nice price point. In the end I bought four sets for all of my bikes.
Weaknesses: Intially, even at the lowest tension setting, clipping out (at times), was difficult. But, after the cleats wore in, (this only took 4-6 weeks), disengaging appears to be fine.
After using Time Pedals exclusively for over 20 years, I wanted a change. My local bike shop recommended the new Mavic pedals. At first, I hesitated because I am very brand loyal, and do not like change, especially if my current product(s) work well. Intially, I liked the styling, and low weight of the Race SL TI pedal. Compared to Time, clipping into the Mavic's was very sure everytime, and simple. Float, especially after a little cleat wear, is very smooth. Nice wide platform, but I think that Look, and Shimano is a little wider (if that matter s to you). Compared to Time, there is no lateral float, but my knees seem fine with this. Overall very satisfied with this product! Worth checking out.
Strengths: Great feel on pedal. Like the new Look Keo but ( from my limited experience of Keos ) quieter - no clicking or squeaks. Not too expensive, very light, nice wide platform, very serviceable, cheaper cleats than Speedplays. Can use with my Nike shoes that have a more flexible sole and would create a pain/hot spot if used with Speedplays.
Weaknesses: None really, although not as easy entry as Speedplays.
Went from Speedplay to these... mainly because of knee issues I think were caused by my feet rocking laterally - supination. Not really sure if it was cleat/pedal wear or narrow platform. Anyhow, went for the Mavics because they seemed to have a wide platform. Easy to install ( allen key ), adjust and spin easily. Feel great, wider contact patch, no more lateral rock. Reminiscent of the Dura ace pedals I once rode. They are , apparently, real light, not that I can tell. And the alu bod looks fab. Most important... knee issues gone.