Our test Blades came with the cromo axle, 16Nm spring and a weight of 224g for the duo, which, given the competition, seems reasonable for the outlay.
We like the aero style that isn’t trying too hard, and the new wider platform to stabilise the foot better — while not that noticeable it certainly can’t hurt the functionality.
The improved release action that came in with the Blade has been improved again; yet this has left us with one small niggle.
After 100 miles of testing, the bearing seals are still so tight that the pedal can’t ‘hang’ on its own. But given that means better protection for the bearings, we’ll live with it.