In 1999 we changed the end cap, dust cap and pedal body design. To the casual eye they look the same but both end caps and dust caps are now far more securely held in place. During factory assembly we now pack grease into the space between the inner bearing and the inner seal. This has two benefits. The inner seal is better lubricated and the odd occurance of a sqeak from the seal should no llonger occur. Secondly the inner bearing is better protected from water and its life should be considerably extended. Finally we changed the shoe plate washers from the origiinal zinc diecast to machined, plated mild steel. Weight has not been compromised but strength and the ability to really increase the shoe plate / shoe sole attachment tightness is increased enormously. The front washer is now round and the two rear washers square.