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Vintage Components - MKS pedals

On this page: Sylvan quill pedals | AR-1 quill pedal set | AR-2 quill pedal set | RXP-210 pedal set

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MKS (official name Mikashima Industrial Company, LTD) was started in 1949 in Saitama, Japan. Though cyclists know about the firm because of its first-class pedals, only about half of MKS's production is devoted to bicycle parts. The other half goes to the automotive industry.

MKS has made pedals for other firms, most notably, the beautiful ones they made for SunTour.

Though many high-end Japanese bicycle companies did not survive the combination of the Shimano onslaught and the movement of much cycle production to lower-cost China, MKS is still cranking out great pedals today.

MKS Sylvan quill road pedal set. Used

The Sylvan pedal was intended to be a copy of the classic Campagnolo pedal. The Sylvan was made in both road and track versions. Like the Campagnolo pedals, the cages are riveted to the pedal body, even though MKS was quite capable of producing one-piece pedals like their AR-1 and AR-2 models.

To complete the similarity, the dust covers can be removed with a Campagnolo pedal tool.

This is a perfect way to give that fixed-gear bike a great retro-look with a fine pedal without breaking the bank.

We have two sets: #1 | #2

MKS Sylvan quill pedal set #1. Used, $55.00

MKS Sylvan pedals

With MKS leather covered toe clips.

MKS Sylvan

Pedal bottoms

Sylvan Quill right pedal

Close-up of the right pedal

MKS Sylvan quill pedal set #2. Used, $40.00

Sylvan quill pedals

Top view. The quills have been filed down. Big riders with wide feet often resorted to this modification. The left pedal quill broke a result. This will not affect the pedal's performance.

MKS Sylvan pedals

Bottom view

Sylvan Quill pedal

Close-up of the left pedal

MKS AR-1 quill pedal set. Used, $25.00

  • Produced in the 1980s
  • Chromoly steel axle
  • Aluminum cage

MKS AR-1 pedals

Classic, well-made quill pedals

MKS AR-1 pedals

Bottom view. Just as nice

MKS AR-1 pedal

Close-up of the left pedal

MKS AR-2 quill pedal set. Used, $20.00

  • Produced in the 1980s
  • one-piece aluminum body
  • Chromoly steel axle

MKS AR-2 pedals

These appear to be later production pedals with aluminum dust caps. Early AR-2's had black plastic dust caps.

MKS AR2 pedals

Note the cages are not riveted to the pedal body, they are part of a single casting.

MKS AR-2 pedals

Bttom view

MKS RXP-210 pedal set. Used, without cleats, $50.00

Note: Currently, we do not have MKS shoe cleats in stock.

When Shimano came out with its SPD system with its micro-cleats, MKS looked to produce an alternative, but comparable product. The result the RXP system. It's cheap, effective and the cleats will bolt onto the the same shoe-cleat holes that the Shimano SPD cleats use.

The MKS cleats allow five degrees of floating rotation.

But: the cleats themselves are not interchangeable. The MKS pedals require the MKS cleat. writes: "The MKS RXP-210 is a superbly built pedal that is physically no larger than an SPD pedal or cleat. These pedals are extremely affordable, though there is no compromise in the quality or functionality. The only reason they are as so well priced stems from the unrestrained competition surrounding their sale. The MKS pedals are imported by many importer/distributors who sell to retailers who compete against one another in price. The savings from the competition among sellers are passed on to the consumer. Remember, Shimano American is the only source for all retailers wanting to sell SPD, and this lack of competition is a noticeable factor in the price. The RXP-210 is the single sided Road version of the MXP- 110 mountain pedal set and use the same cleats with the same mechanical functionality. The pedal body is forged of aluminum in an aerodynamic shape that minimizes weight and ground contact. The top has a steel cleat cradle held by three bolts. The outer rear side of each pedal has the spring held retaining clamp. The spindle is made of chrome plated Cro-moly steel weighing 54 grams."

MKS pedals

These pedals have rubber O-rings to protect the bearings.