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Ernst_Rohr
08-07-2006, 04:48 PM
Well, I had a box awaiting me on my return from work today, and its some brand new rudder pedals! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
So far, I have to say Im pleased with them. I have to say they are not as solid feeling as the CH pedals, but they are still respectable. Format and look is like the X52, but the plastic components are pretty heavyweight.

NUMBER ONE BEST THING!
The pedals are adjustable for foot size! That is one thing I HATED about my CH pedals, then never fit right for my admittedly Godzilla sized feet! Adjustments are three stages and seem to correspond to roughly US size 6/8/10 in shoe size. VERY nice feature!

Spacing is also very nice! A respectable 8 inch seperation between the pedals is nicely comfortable (another thing I disliked about the CH pedals, too close!).

Base of the pedals is about 11 inches, with optional footrests that extend out a further 3 1/2 inches. Rubberized non-skid roundels are affixed to the bottom for bare surfaces. And there are two stips of optional velcro provided, a single (hook) side of which works well on carpet. Finally, 4 good sized bolt holes are included for those looking to really lock the suckers down!

Finally, the pedals themselves have a spring tension unit in the center to increase or decrease resistance. Out of the box setting is pretty light, but it tightens up nicely, top end setting however may still be too loose for some who prefer very stiff pedals.

Range of motion is fairly long, arguable this should give better contol over the rudder, I need to play with it for a while and see. Return to center is positive, but its a little creepy as the pedals get close to center. Hopefully frequent use breaks them in and the stickyness goes away. My CH pedals were like that, so I am hoping the Saiteks work out the same way.

Toe brakes are there and working nicely, very good return spring on them. Not as stiff as some may prefer, but not floppy either.

Documentation is next to non-exsistant, but they do have a couple of paragraphs for specific sims. FS2004, LOMAC, and IL2 all get mentioned specifically.

Now for a couple of hours of solid use, and we shall see how the perform! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

SeaFireLIV
08-07-2006, 05:20 PM
You must have really big feet. I`m size 11 which means my feet go over the CH pedals a bit, but still comfortable enough.

Ernst_Rohr
08-07-2006, 08:12 PM
Well, after playing for a while, I can report back the the Saitek pedals are a pretty good deal.

Pedals are VERY sensitive, thats going to take some getting used to. In fact, they are actually easier to use on the looser tension settings, since your getting a finer adjustment. Range of motion is pretty nice, not as smooth as Simpeds, but then again, they are a third of the price! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I can tell I am going to have to practice for a bit to get used to having pedals again, but so far, so good. After a couple of years with no pedals, learning to "aim with your feet" takes some getting used to again! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

It does makes flying the Japanese birds and the 109 MUCH easier! No more twist stick more me (and my shoulder is thankful!). All in all so far, I am favorably impressed. Not as good as Simpeds (no shock there) but Id say they are competative with the CH pedals. I think the CH are a little heavier, but the Saitek makes up for it with the non-skid pads and the velcro.

The "stick" on recenter does get better as the tension goes down, I wasnt noticing any "slop" as I worked the pedals, seem to be pretty tight.

slo_1_2_3
08-08-2006, 12:21 AM
so I wear size 12 (i'm still growing too) would I not fit the pedals? DAng I feel sorry for one of my friends who has size 16,he has to special order his shoes http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

HitchHikerHSDWG
08-08-2006, 12:27 AM
Sounds great I myself have big feet (13) and like the sound of that. I cant wait to get a set but my boat needs a new roof first.

TheGozr
08-08-2006, 01:14 AM
I hope you taking off your shoes when you play...

SeaFireLIV
08-08-2006, 03:44 AM
Hmm, maybe I should mention this is size 11 British measurements. I gather it`s different for the Americans. In England, size 11 is quite big. I could find out the equivalent US size, but I can`t be arsed.

The-Pizza-Man
08-08-2006, 05:39 AM
It's generally 1 size smaller, ie I have size 12-13 in US, size 11-12 in UK, EU is something different again, 45-47 or something. Do they have all three sizes on shoes in the UK and US?

BaronUnderpants
08-08-2006, 05:51 AM
Originally posted by Ernst_Rohr:
Well, after playing for a while, I can report back the the Saitek pedals are a pretty good deal.

Pedals are VERY sensitive, thats going to take some getting used to. In fact, they are actually easier to use on the looser tension settings, since your getting a finer adjustment. Range of motion is pretty nice, not as smooth as Simpeds, but then again, they are a third of the price! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I can tell I am going to have to practice for a bit to get used to having pedals again, but so far, so good. After a couple of years with no pedals, learning to "aim with your feet" takes some getting used to again! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

It does makes flying the Japanese birds and the 109 MUCH easier! No more twist stick more me (and my shoulder is thankful!). All in all so far, I am favorably impressed. Not as good as Simpeds (no shock there) but Id say they are competative with the CH pedals. I think the CH are a little heavier, but the Saitek makes up for it with the non-skid pads and the velcro.

The "stick" on recenter does get better as the tension goes down, I wasnt noticing any "slop" as I worked the pedals, seem to be pretty tight.


Do they have any info on Saitek homepage? Looked arround and couldnt find any rudderpedals.

A link would be appreciated. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

micksaf
08-08-2006, 07:06 AM
Here you are M8 :

http://saitekusa.stores.yahoo.net/proflrupe.html

Ernst_Rohr
08-08-2006, 07:59 AM
For the guys with big feet, the pedals have a button in the center, that when pressed down allows you to extend the length of the pedal. There is no lip at the top of the pedal, so even if your feet are bigger than the pedals at max extention, they will hang over comfortable. Mine still hang over, but it wasnt a problem.

I did notice that the bottom lip on the pedals wasnt as pronounced as it looks, at least in my sandals, I didnt notice the bottom lip as much.

While still getting used to aiming with my feet again, the pedals are very precise if you play with the tension a bit. Im getting a little more used to them, and was pleasantly surprised at how accurate I can get with them.

In particular, snap shots on closing deflection shots seem to be a lot more accurate. I think its because the pedals have some resistance and a counterbalance due to the action of the pedals/legs which is definately missing in a twist stick.

The only down side to this is that now, the pedals have definatly made it neccessary to change the position of my stick and throttle, so I am looking for a new chair to fly with! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Divine-Wind
08-08-2006, 08:28 AM
How about...


This? (http://www.simcockpitsystem.com/Detail.bok?no=18)
(I wants)

WB_Outlaw
08-08-2006, 09:10 AM
Aside from the torn upholstery (from a '85 Fiero) and the tiny image size (limited by the size of the room), I think mine's better...

http://www.whtboys.org/cockpit/back.jpg

http://www.whtboys.org/projector/shot3.jpg

--Outlaw.

Bearcat99
08-08-2006, 09:22 AM
Oooooooo that is sweet.

Divine-Wind
08-08-2006, 09:33 AM
Now THAT is what you call a bigscreen TV. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

We do the exact same thing... 'Cept we use it for movies, our own personal theater. (Surround sound is sweet too, except we can't use it with the X-Box... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif)

Ernst_Rohr
08-08-2006, 10:02 AM
Ooooooooo puuuuurrrrttyyyy!!!!

Unfortunately, I need a bigger room to do that, and thats not happening until I move. Right now I am stuck with the desk I have, so the chair is about it. I just need someplace to stick the stick, throttle, and the Egrogex pad I use.

Slowly but surely, this sim and all the attendant gear is, as my brother put it, turning me hardcore geek. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

BaronUnderpants
08-09-2006, 11:46 AM
Originally posted by micksaf:
Here you are M8 :

http://saitekusa.stores.yahoo.net/proflrupe.html


Thx http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

TC_Stele
08-09-2006, 11:20 PM
I'm interested in these, for sure. Been watching them since before their release.

I'm interested to set the width of the pedals to those of the actual cockpit pedals for my favorite rides.

Ernst_Rohr
08-10-2006, 08:08 AM
The Saiteks are going to be closer to "real" pedal distance then the CH ones are, for sure. The CH are very good pedals, but it always irritated me at how close together they were, the Saiteks are much better in that respect.

Divine-Wind
08-10-2006, 08:45 AM
Yeah, the width of the CH pedals isn't really the best, but I dunno. I always liked the Saiteks for their features, but I always wanted a CH setup because it didn't look like it belonged in the Millenium Falcon. But the Saitek has customizable goodies on it...

TOO MANY CHOICES!

slo_1_2_3
08-10-2006, 06:30 PM
Originally posted by Divine-Wind:
How about...


This? (http://www.simcockpitsystem.com/Detail.bok?no=18)
(I wants)
Could you guys picture what I could make if I could get our welder to work? remember my rudder pedals? jeeeze I could make that table thing and it be rusty sharp junk most likely , well isn't being a fighter pilot supposed to be dangerous? So anyway how much are these pedals, mine aren't working that great anymore

Sokol__1
08-11-2006, 08:12 PM
In link below our see many pictures of disassemble
Saitek pedal, showing your "guts".

http://saitek.ru/other/ProFlightRudderPedals/4/dsc01607.jpg

http://saitek.ru/other/ProFlightRudderPedals/

Sokol1