After reading about the Assioma pedal hack and watching Shane’s video, I promptly ordered some (with a Clever Training discount) and some Xpedo pedals and completed the hack for my gravel bike. I’ve been riding them for quite awhile now and they have been working flawlessly but admittedly they really hadn’t been through tough condition. Mostly dry and dusty rides with one or two short rain showers.
A few weeks ago though I put them through the ultimate test at Mid South (a/k/a LandRun). If you don’t already know it was an absolute shit-show of a rain and mud year. I think less than 50% finished and I ultimately DNF’d at 65 miles (7:30 of clock time). I feel like I could have finished but doing the math in my head there was no way I was going to be able to finish before dark and I have horrible night vision and didn’t have lights with me. So, when I saw one of the SAG 4x4 Jeeps at 65.1 miles I promptly got in.
Anyways, as I mentioned the rain and mud were legendary this year. There were many parts that were simply unrideable which required hike-n-bike and a few times I nearly lost my shoes in the mud. Here’s a pic of my bike after the race. You can see that it’s covered in stick red clay peanut butter mud, including the pedals and the Assioma pods. I’m happy to report that the pedals worked great without any issues throughout the day and continue to work perfectly.