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    Point One Racing Podium pedals

    A quick question for current owners of the "raw" finish. I just received mine and they are very rough looking. It looks like they came straight off a slightly miscalibrated CNC machine and were assembled. Do yours show uneven machine marks? Mine have steps where the machining passes were made. It just seems to me the machining is kind of crude for how well reviewed the finish on these pedals are. I am almost thinking the ones I received missed a step in the final machining process. I would like to know if this is normal for the raw finish. I suspect it is not.

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    I have the black finish, mine are about two years old, the do not have any unfinished looking areas. I would contact point one with pics and see what they have to say. I would bet they will take good care of you as long as you are patient and understanding.
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    I have the black and they are about two months old and do have the lines where you can see the machining. Will be interesting to hear more about this...
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    Dude.... they are freaking pedals man. They're going to get battle wounds from rocks and that whole deal and you're worried about the finish on them? Reallllllly?


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    I hear ya Iggz,but for $200, they should look immaculate, at least right out of the box. I know my black ones did.

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    Mine were tweaked too but you know what? The soles of my 5.10s aren't very picky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottvt View Post
    I hear ya Iggz,but for $200, they should look immaculate, at least right out of the box. I know my black ones did.
    That would be the point. At 200.00 these things should look awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    I have the black and they are about two months old and do have the lines where you can see the machining. Will be interesting to hear more about this...
    Unfortunately I found several pictures on the Internet of more recent pedals showing the cruder finish work. I suspect they took a step out or moved production to an older CNC machine. With what these cost I expect better. We'll see how they perform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iggz View Post
    Dude.... they are freaking pedals man. They're going to get battle wounds from rocks and that whole deal and you're worried about the finish on them? Reallllllly?


    Come on now, get real.
    That is just rationalizing poor production quality. Sorry man.
    BTW, glad you got your bike back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FX4 View Post
    Unfortunately I found several pictures on the Internet of more recent pedals showing the cruder finish work. I suspect they took a step out or moved production to an older CNC machine. With what these cost I expect better. We'll see how they perform.
    The good thing is it doesn't seem to effect their performance. I've had no issues with mine, and they will start to get scratched up a bit and it won't even matter that they have machining lines on them.
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    Mine are the same, raw finish. I've had two sets of them and both were the same. First pedal strike into some rocks makes you forgot all about that and focus more on the new scuffs.
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    Mine are raw and the machine finish looked correct for a profiled machined part. You will get some machine marks do to the machining process used.
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    Oh no doubt about that. I just expect a finishing step in the process. If you look around the web and read reviews from a couple of years ago this was not an issue. I don't know if they used a better machining process, finishing process, sandblasted the parts, or what but customers raved about the high quality finish. The parts I received are definitely nothing to write home about as far as finish goes. It actually looks to me like the CNC machine calibration is off a bit.

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    It does look like that or could also be part flex.

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    It's definitely not from flexing...
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    Wow the finish is bad and they don't even come in root beer AND THEY'RE FLEXY?

    What garbage....
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    Well how about a popping bearing after four miles of riding?

    My touchy Iggz. I call it as a I see it, nothing more and nothing less. This is a premium product and gets rated as such, good or bad. I really wish it was a good report, these guys are from my home town, San Jose. Maybe in the end it will be, but out of the box I am kind of disappointed.

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    Iggz should have given his Bicycle to that nice man in the van with a family to support . ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FX4 View Post
    A quick question for current owners of the "raw" finish. I just received mine and they are very rough looking. It looks like they came straight off a slightly miscalibrated CNC machine and were assembled. Do yours show uneven machine marks? Mine have steps where the machining passes were made. It just seems to me the machining is kind of crude for how well reviewed the finish on these pedals are. I am almost thinking the ones I received missed a step in the final machining process. I would like to know if this is normal for the raw finish. I suspect it is not.
    How about a pic?

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    I don't have a digital camera good enough to capture it.

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    Haven't had any issues with mine and they have been well abused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffinsurfboard View Post
    Iggz should have given his Bicycle to that nice man in the van with a family to support . ;-)

    Hahahaha Touche sir, touche.
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    I'm with Iggz on this one. It's a high end pedal but that doesn't mean it should come with a mirror finish. My Thomson stem has machine marks, my raw Turner has machine marks. They're bike parts, not fine furniture.
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    Look I don't mind seeing the cut marks, in fact it kind of gives it a one off custom look, although I would prefer a finish step. What bothers me is the pass stepping which kind of says to me there is a calibration or machine programing problem. I don't know what equipment they are using but I have looked at a lot of custom cut parts over the years and this is fairly crude. People rationalizing it is fine, but really it's not acceptable to me. It's at the level of I'll use them but I won't return for a second set when these wear out. I just wanted to know if other owners saw the same thing. Now my larger problem is a bearing started popping after only four miles of use. I'm going to swap in my old pedals to to verify it is indeed the right pedal and not a coincidence and a crank bearing went out.

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    Phew, the pedal just worked itself loose. I may have to switch these to blue loctite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FX4 View Post
    Look I don't mind seeing the cut marks, in fact it kind of gives it a one off custom look, although I would prefer a finish step. What bothers me is the pass stepping which kind of says to me there is a calibration or machine programing problem. I don't know what equipment they are using but I have looked at a lot of custom cut parts over the years and this is fairly crude. People rationalizing it is fine, but really it's not acceptable to me. It's at the level of I'll use them but I won't return for a second set when these wear out. I just wanted to know if other owners saw the same thing. Now my larger problem is a bearing started popping after only four miles of use. I'm going to swap in my old pedals to to verify it is indeed the right pedal and not a coincidence and a crank bearing went out.
    I'd have to see a picture of how bad the machining is on your pedal to really make a call, but if it's anything like how I'm imagining then you'd be picking form over function. Point1's are simply the BEST feeling flat I've ever ridden, the guys at that factory could have laser etched turds on my pedals and I'd still buy them again because they do their job so well.
    In regards to a bearing popping out, that should be very obvious which is the culprit (the pedal or the bottom bracket... MTB cranks don't have bearings), and verification via pedal swapping kinda makes zero sense. Maybe you're being unclear as to what the issue really is, but swapping pedals would diagnose nothing as far as a worn BB goes. If it is a crank issue, then I think something's unclear in your wording.
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    Ride em for a few months and see if there appearance still matters. If it does try more rockier runs and push yourself harder. Who cares what they look like. I bought mine because they were thin, light weight, gripps, and highly recomended by other users. Does it bother you if your tires aren't glossy, or if your grips little blocks rather than flowery print? Be glad you were able to get a pair. Back in Feb/March they were hard to find. I was wanting a pair of silver ones, but had to settle for a pair of black ones of the shops beachcruiser that the used to run errans on. They were back ordered for a few weeks and no word on the next batch to be delivered.
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    There is merit to what you say. No doubt about it. They feel great. My feet stick nicely, exactly where I plant them. I have zero complaints with functionality. They are smooth. My popping bearing turned out to be the pedal just ever so slightly loose in the crank arm. I guess it worked loose.I'm now actually concerned about the crank arm. I had an arm hit a couple of weeks ago, nothing major but it appears it may have damaged the arm end slightly and possibly malformed the pedal threads a little. However that being said I didn't observe a problem with the Wellgo pedals I had installed previously. I re-torqued the pedal and hopefully it stays. If it doesn't I'll put a dab of blue loctite on. I guess at the 200.00 mark I expect both function and form although I will always pick function over form. Honestly if they perform well I'll probably just say to people that ask (they are not very common around here, I live in the land of clipless is supreme): they are no beauty queens but they function well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim F. View Post
    Ride em for a few months and see if there appearance still matters. If it does try more rockier runs and push yourself harder. Who cares what they look like. I bought mine because they were thin, light weight, gripps, and highly recomended by other users. Does it bother you if your tires aren't glossy, or if your grips little blocks rather than flowery print? Be glad you were able to get a pair. Back in Feb/March they were hard to find. I was wanting a pair of silver ones, but had to settle for a pair of black ones of the shops beachcruiser that the used to run errans on. They were back ordered for a few weeks and no word on the next batch to be delivered.
    LOL, point taken. All I'm saying is new in box they should look awesome.

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    I know there are a few of us in here from the SJ area, and that is at least what led me to get them. I wanted to do pickup because they are like a mile from me.

    Also, I'll go snap some pics now and hopefully they come out so people can get an idea of what we are talking about.
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    Sun came out to perfectly show the machining marks. It's kinda cool because they are identical on each side.



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    Yup that's it. Thanks for posting pictures. The stepping on mine are slightly worse but your pictures definitely get the point across.
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    That's how mine look as well. I wouldn't stress it. I had the previous generation as well which didn't have those lines.
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    It sounds to me like they took out a finishing step in the manufacturing since it doesn't really affect the pedal, and it would make things quicker since there was so much demand.
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    Wow. You guys were tripping on those little lines?

    Jesus man that blew my mind
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    I think what we should be talking about is how good those photos came out for an iPhone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iggz View Post
    Wow. You guys were tripping on those little lines?

    Jesus man that blew my mind
    Yes, I am. I'm also not susceptible to peer pressure so give it up.

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    If it makes you feel any better, I have had my pedals for three years and I could not be happier with them.

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    Thats what you were talking about? I kind of regret my previous reply now. You made it sound like some serious gouges from machining.

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    Those are just racing stripes... and seriously, its a pedal folks... as soon as you mash them into a rock you will stop worrying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    Sun came out to perfectly show the machining marks. It's kinda cool because they are identical on each side.




    Those iines or grooves make it more aerodynamic. You were probually charged extra for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daisycutter View Post
    If it makes you feel any better, I have had my pedals for three years and I could not be happier with them.
    Oh they definitely ride well. I took them out to Moraine yesterday and was really happy with the grip going through the technical stuff. No complaints about performance, but I'm still not happy with the looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim F. View Post
    Those iines or grooves make it more aerodynamic. You were probually charged extra for them.

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    You know I fully understand the desire to keep your bike aesthetically pleasing because I am ridiculously anal over mine... But there are limits to this shlt man. Tripping over a pinner machining groove on a pedal is just downright silly.

    Maybe you should hang your bike up on the wall and admire it some more because good heavens who knows what would happen should a rock get kicked up and chip some paint off
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    Not even that, I just expect new things to look good. My bike gets washed maybe a few times a year. I expect the finish work to look finished. I own a small business and I am absolutely anal about the finished look of my product as well as the function.

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    Well iggz I know you are spun up about my dissatisfaction with the finish so I will tell you I am very happy with their performance. I rode an extremely technical rock garden yesterday and the pedals worked extremely well.

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    Well good to know you like the pedals for what they are

    I still think you're a tripper though
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    If anyone hasn't tried it I do recommend hitting up the hardware store for longer pins on the 4 inner spots, 16 new screws total. Cost: $2 or so?
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    I just went through the trouble of taking a picture with my cellular device and uploading it to the interweb so I can show off how badass I am with my beat up pedals




    Oh and guess what... they're still just as great as the day I put them on - July 9th, 2010
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