Fastway Air EXT pegs are on a mission to reduce ankle injuries, or at least limit the severity when an impact goes wrong. The basic idea is a wide but fairly conventional 2024 billet aluminum footpeg with a teardrop-shaped sort of heel peg welded to the rear of the normal peg. The teardrop ankle-saving portion isn’t welded at the same level as the footpeg however. The contact point is lower than the surface of the peg, but the patented height, traction, and camber (tilt) adjustability, is fully customizable. The idea being that you never feel the Air EXT pegs until you suffer an extreme landing that puts excessive loads on your feet and/or ankles. The Universal Collar System (UCS) lets you customize your mount in either the stock or lowered positions on most bikes – simply by reversing the collar. Fastway’s patented replaceable traction cleat system allows you to customize the shape and traction level of your foot bed as well.
The reality is that you do feel the Air EXT’s rear portion fairly often on the track, but I only felt it in positive ways. No question, when you land short or long, your feet, ankles and even knees would be smiling if they had lips. Impacts that clank the suspension hard enough to hurt your ears don’t bother my 42 year old ankles. The Air EXT’s look like they will would limit the kickstarter, if you still have one of those, but they didn’t on our Suzuki RM-Z250 when we tried them on that machine. Perhaps if you were sloppy with foot placement, your boot heel could contact them and that would be annoying, but we didn’t have a problem. In whoop sections and while approaching jumps while standing up, you can even incorporate your heels to load the suspension to get increase height, similar to a seat-bounce. The bigger your feet, the more likely you are to feel the rear portion of the peg and that means in a positive way-absorbing abuse-and just being aware that it’s there. I wear a size 11, and I’d probably like the teardrop portion better with the teeth slightly dulled a little, but then again after about a couple hours on the pegs I was getting more used to them. I have never really feared landings, but I can appreciate what these pegs offer riders with Achilles and ankle injuries. Or maybe you’re learning how to ride on the balls of your feet, the Air EXT’s give the rider confidence when placing their feet back, when getting to the correct attack position. Ask Ryno how important riding on the balls of your feet are! #TwoChickens
While riding through deep ruts, these pegs can help allow large footed riders place their feet on the balls to keep their toes safe. I have had a couple of our bigger testers try the Air EXT’s and they comment they have less ankle/knee fatigue at the end of a long day of moto’ing. The Air EXT’s are like virtual floorboards for your dirt bike. The thing you have to remember when riding with these pegs is that the space to the rear brake pedal or shifter is greater. You will have to cover more ground and remember that when trying to make a shift or use the rear brake, when riding on the back of the Air EXT’s.
I ended up going with the smallest cleat option on the pegs as those provided enough traction without feeling too tall on the bike. If you’re on the shorter side you could definitely benefit from the replaceable cleat height design and the difference it can make with your rider triangle. I didn’t however try the Universal Collar System (UCS) yet, which allows you to lower the footpegs from the stock position, but plan to with a couple test machines soon.
At $255.95 for the Air EXT pegs and $19.99 for the fit kit, it’s not a cheap aftermarket footpeg purchase, but this is still a less expensive option than some other titanium offerings out on the market. Check these pegs out at Fastway.zone.com.
•Weight: .85 pounds per set
•2024 billet aluminum
•Unique universal footpeg
•Precision engineered, manufactured, and assembled in the U.S.A.
•All footpegs ship with 2 sets of F3 threaded cleats– short 10mm, and tall 12mm cleats
•Requires Fastway Footpeg Fit Kit