PEDALING INNOVATIONS CATALYST PEDAL V3
Extruded and Machined using our exclusive mold using 6061 Aluminum with T6 Heat Treatment
– Manufactured by VP Components using parts and materials with a proven track record for durability and quality
– Designed to connect the front and back ends of arch of the foot, it is the longest platform for your foot on the market
– Dual sealed bearings and DU Bushing internals
– Heat treated Cr-Mo Spindle that is compatible with a standard 15mm wrench or 6mm allen
– 14 pins per side strategically placed to maximize the new, optimized foot position possible with this design
– Shipped with longer (8mm) replacement grub screws to swap out for extra traction
– Available in BLACK
Length – 5.6”/ 143 mm
Width – 3.75”/ 95 mm
Thickness – .6”/ 16 mm
Weight – 505 grams per pair
To accomplish this the Catalyst Pedal features a full 5 inches/ 128 mm of contact space for your foot. This allows the pedal body to support both the ball of the foot and the heel while also resulting in a true mid-foot placement of the axle.
However, the Catalyst Pedal isn’t any wider than a normal flat pedal – 3.75 inches/ 95 mm to be exact. This means that it disappears under your foot and doesn’t expose any extra pedal body to rock strikes. This also means that the Catalyst Pedal is actually smaller underfoot than any other “oversized” flat pedal.
In order to get the most out of your Catalyst Pedals you just need to do one simple thing…
Make sure that axle is in the middle of your arch.
On the Catalyst Pedal this foot position will make sure that you are able to support both ends of your arch. No other pedal on the market is long enough to accomplish this, which is what makes the Catalyst Pedal so effective.
This also means that you will probably need to consciously place your foot further forward than you are used to. In fact, you do not want the ball of the foot completely on the pedal – if it is then your foot is too far back to make full use of this new and improved platform for your foot.
With the ball of the foot on the pedal you are forced to push forward – literally trying to kick your foot off of the pedal as you pedal. This is why most pedals run a lot of pins in the middle of the pedal body and/ or put a concave design into the pedal to cradle the ball of the foot – you have to fight that forward push to keep your feet on the pedals.
But when you move the foot forward it balances the forces going into the pedal. Now you can drive down into a strong, stable platform without having to fight those forward forces, which is why the Catalyst Pedal doesn’t need an excessive amount of pins in the middle of the pedal body or a concave design.
This foot placement improves your pedaling in 3 ways:
1) POWER – By supporting both ends of the arch of the foot you naturally support the arch itself, which gets rid of flex in the arch. An arch that is only supported on one side is weak and flexible while one that is supported on both sides is strong and stable. By supporting the arch with the pedal body itself you get rid of the foot flex you usually need stiff soled shoes for. This improves power transfer since the pedal body itself is far stiffer than even the stiffest soled shoes, which means every bit of power your legs produce go straight into the crank arms.
2) EFFICIENCY – The mid-foot placement of the axle balances the foot, which takes stress off of the ankle joint and allows for better recruitment of the hips. The hips have also been shown to be the major muscles used when pedaling, not your quads (ELMER, S. J., P. R. BARRATT, T. KORFF, and J. C. MARTIN. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2011). The mid-foot position has also been shown to shift the stress from the ankles to the hips (J.R. Van Sickle Jr, M.L Hull/ Journal of Biomechanics 2007). This means the mid-foot position allows your body to better recruit the main muscles powering the pedal stroke.
3) COMFORT & STABILITY – The more balanced foot position achieved from this pedal design will result in a more balanced application of force into the pedals. Instead of pushing forward into the pedal through the ball of the foot you will push straight down through the entire foot. This will result in less stress on the feet since you aren’t pushing them into the toe box of your shoes with every pedal stroke, plus your feet won’t push over the top and come off during hard sprints on the trail.