I ordered some BTP Bowties for my Speedplay X1 pedals and well, they don't seem to fit (unless I am really missing something). The instructions say that you may need to file the bowties a little to make them fit (and tapping them into place with a soft mallet). After some filing the fit still seemed tight in some areas (center of the bowtie) and loose in others (outer parts... enough that dirt could get in) but it seemed that it might tighten up once the bolts were in place...
I reached for the bolts and... they're not even close to the original speedplay bolts. Now questioning the fabrication methods, I looked at the other bowties... 2 bowties are filed off around the edges, and 2 are not (and it looks as though they may not line up).
What is going on here? I often drool over the pricey BTP goodies and finally decided to actually buy some weenie products... and unless I'm missing something, got burned.
FWIW, I got the bowties from DuLight.fr
Here's some pics:
BTP Aluminum bolt on Left, original Speedplay bolt on right: (I'll even overlook the sketchy aluminum shard from machining)
2 BTP Bowties, apparently different. (I know the lighting is weird, but you can see that the left is filed off on all 4 corners, and the right has sharp edges (which when mounted, do not appear to line up correctly... a little oversize)