Fanatec CSL Elite Pedals LC Review
The entry point for Fanatec Pedals are the CSL Elite Pedals, non-loadcell present, getting a full pair of pedals where you can do things like simulate pressure, you will need to buy one of this, The CSL Elite Pedals LC, witch the LC that stands for loadcell, A technology that is capable of simulating the exact pressure you put in your brake or adjust the stiffness, all this with the aim of improving your driving experience,
If you are serious about sim racing you will need to start thinking in buying a set of pedals with an LC in place, the definitely maximize your overall game and let you feel more closely your brake or your clutch (or throttle) pedal, It’s up to you.
The good thing here is these pedals are not too high price and not too low, the price in the range of 200 $ is not that bad, but worth the money?
Last modified: November, 30 of 2020.
|Editorial Rating||8.2 Starts|
|Product Page||CSL Elite Pedals LC|
Every gamer knows that pedals are a very important part when it comes to sim racing. But good, or even just competent pedals, can be a bit pricey.
About CSL Elite Pedals LC, I can’t say they’re neither cheap or too expensive, what I can admit for sure is how cool they look when you first unpackage it, with its modular design (very clever) this piece is something worthy of trying.
- The wide aluminum heelrest acts as the central docking station for the three individual pedal units. (Yes, it’s entirely made of aluminum too).
- There are also two metal rods with plastic spacers included in the LC to prevent any side-to-side movement of the pedals,
- I don’t really expect it to move, considering the large bolts used to hold them in place on the heelrest.
- The bump stops for the gas and clutch pedals can be rotated to give you two different travel options (But… I didn’t really notice a big difference)
- The highly customizable load cell brake is quite awesome, with four different sets of elastomer springs with hardness ratings of 45, 65, 85 and 95, you can customize the brake feel from the equivalent to stepping on a sponge.
- It features the option to plug directly into a Fanatec CSL/CSW Wheel Base, or to use as a stand-alone USB device.
- The gas pedal works just fine. It’s 12-bits of resolution, with anything above 10 is plenty, and it offers a bit of resistance via the non-upgradable internal spring, but nothing too remarkable, even with some settings, it feels fairly light in terms of pressure.
- As the gas, the clutch is also fine, its internal spring is a little larger, so it snaps back a little quicker. But again, its 12-bits of resolution get the job well done so I don’t have many complaints about.
- Totally made of long-lasting aluminum, it ensures great durability even when maintaining pedals clean is really hard, this material is really helpful while cleaning (good reasons for your mom to boy for you)
- They offer a very solid experience for the price tag. While they are not near as flashy as others, there is a beauty in the “Form over Function” mantra. The pedals are quite attractive, in my opinion, and I like the Tilton-Inspired design.
- You have three options as to what you would like to put on your pedal face. The pedals come with rubber faces pre-installed, but you can remove them for a bare-metal face, yes, three pieces of grip tape are also included, if you would rather go that way. I used the rubber on the brake, and bare metal on the gas and clutch (It looks pretty awesome)
I’m not really tall, so adjustability is like paradise for me, these are the first pedals I’ve tested which are able to move the brake pedal exactly where you want.
Otherwise, my knees are older than me, this isn’t a big deal on lower end pedals, but when you’re using a load cell brake pedal, this can cause pain and it was a huge problem…until now.
You need to be mindful when adjusting. First, those plastic spacers on the rods, they’re tongue-and-groove, so make sure they are the right direction and nesting neatly against one another.
Platforms & Compatibility
PS5: Yes PS4: Yes PS3: Yes
Xbox: Yes Xbox Series X: Yes
Note: This product becomes compatible with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 systems when combined with a PlayStation-licensed Wheel Base.
This product becomes compatible with Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S systems when combined with an Xbox-licensed Steering Wheel.
It’ compatible to any Fanatec Wheel Base or Fanatec Racing Wheel with RJ12 Pedals connector, but to connect Fanatec Wheels with PS/2 Pedal Socket, you need the additional PS/2 to RJ12 cable. (yes, it’s not included)
With installed Loadcell Kit, the pedals are not compatible with the ClubSport USB Adapter. Please use the included USB connector (PC only).
If you connect it to a Fanatec Wheel Base / Racing Wheel it will be compatible with all racing games. For that case, please check the compatibility details on the product page of the connected product.
It will work with any racing wheel, also of any other brand (Logitech, Thrustmaster, etc), if the pedals are connected to PC via USB and if the game supports a second controller. E.g.
these PC games support a second USB controller:
- Assetto Corsa
- Project Cars
- GTR 2
- Race 07
- Live for Speed
…and many others
This pedal set can be used on gaming consoles, if connected through a Fanatec Wheel Base / Racing Wheel. Please check the information on the product page of the Fanatec product through which they will be connected to the console. It will not work on consoles using the direct USB Connection or a ClubSport USB Adapter.
Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ)
What does the load cell help my gaming experience?
The proprietary load cell is integrated directly into to the pedal arm and measures the pressure on the pedal arm itself, this means you can apply a realistic and strong pressure and precisely control the brake with muscle tension just like in a real car.
How much strength can the elastomer springs hardness handle (shore hardness)?
- 45 (9.75 kg of pressure)
- 65 (18.66 kg of pressure)
- 85 (40 kg of pressure)
- 95 (90 kg of pressure)
Are the Fanatec CSL Elite pedals your best option?
They are not the ultimate pedals for the Fanatec Ecosystem, but surely you will get a very good pair of pedals for your money.
- Throttle pedal unit
- Clutch pedal unit
- Loadcell brake unit
- Heel rest
- Loadcell Kit electronics
- 1x clutch limiter pad
- 3x rubber pedal cover (detachable)
- 3x pedal plate anti-skid pad (self-adhesive)
- Elastomer springs for loadcell brake unit with a various shore hardness
- 2x pedal unit stabilizer bars
- 1x Wheel Base connection cable RJ12/RJ12 (~3m)
- 1x USB cable (~3m)
- 1x Wrench 13 mm (cropped)
- 1x Allen Key 6 mm
- 1x Allen Key 2 mm
- Quick Guides
- Mounting screws
Major complaints? None really even when mounting is a real pain and you have to be mindful when moving the pedals around, but let’s be honest, how often are you really going to be doing either of those? Probably not that often.
If feels a little more progressive, with a nice building of resistance as the elastomer springs compress against one another, naturally, like the gas and clutch, the brake’s resolution is way overkill at 16-bits! But limited adjustments in gas and clutch pedals butter me a lot.
Is it worth the money? I think this time is a yes, still in the entry-point level, even if you have the Load Cell, If you have more budget go for it and buy a pair in the range of Clubsport series, but of course they cost twice more. In the end, if you have a CSL Elite product this is the best approach you can take to improve your overall driving experience.
Fanatec CSL Elite Pedals LC229.96
- CSL Elite Pedals Loadcell Kit ( Included)
- load cell is integrated directly into to the pedal
- Mid-range price with high-end materials
- High quality full-metal Aluminium design
- UP TO 16BIT Resolution
- Not the ultimate pedals for Fanatec Ecosystem
- Throttle and clutch not overly adjustable
- Simple Design
- Can be hard to adjust for newbies