When I came home from a ride and started to sketch out some ideas for a new type of flat pedal I never thought that I would actually bring it to life. I just had an idea, a crazy idea spawned by a simple insight…

The arch of the foot is very strong and stable but only if you support both ends of it.

This “aha” moment got me thinking about the possibilities of a better platform but to be honest I kind of doubted that it would work. A bigger pedal body needed to span the arch of the foot starts to create all sorts of potential problems.

As good as my idea may have been, if it didn’t work out on the trail then it didn’t matter.

Luckily I have some pretty good testing grounds about 10 minutes from my house. The infamous Lunch Loop Trails in Grand Junction are known as some of the rockiest, most technical trails you can find anywhere.

I also have easy access to Moab UT and several top notch lift access mountains, letting me really test how they would feel and perform in different settings. That makes this area the perfect place for putting new pedals to the test.

Getting ready to test the Catalyst Pedals in Moab.
Getting ready to test the Catalyst Pedals in Moab.

After going through a few prototypes to test the concept, I got my production prototypes made and have been using/ abusing them for over 8 months now. I rode them on The Whole Enchilada in Moab, DH riding in Steamboat CO and countless laps on the varied trails we have around Grand Junction/ Fruita.

I didn’t want any compromises or drawbacks to the design and so I had several other riders try my prototypes and give me their feedback. I really wanted to put the pedals through their paces because I wanted to make sure that I could deliver on my goal – create the world’s best flat pedal.

The Catalyst Pedal family tree
The Catalyst Pedal family tree

And at the end of it all I can confidently say that I’ve accomplished that goal. No compromises on the trail, just improvements in performance, stability and comfort.

But this new design really is something that has to be experienced to really understand – no current pedals on the market reach the “critical mass” needed to bridge the arch of the foot and create the same platform possible with the Catalyst Pedal.

Catalyst pressure points

So this is why I’ve spent a lot of time putting together both the science behind this design and an extensive FAQ about this new pedal design. I know that trusting in something new isn’t easy and I want to do whatever I can to help you decide if the Catalyst Pedal is right for you.

The Science Behind the Catalyst Pedal

Frequently Asked Questions about the Catalyst Pedal

Remember too that you can pre-order the Catalyst Pedal for only $99 a pair, but this one-time-only price goes up to $119 on Saturday at midnight. You can order yours by clicking here.

If you have a question that you can’t find answered there just let me know and I’ll be happy to get back to you with the answer. I’ve spent a lot of time and thought on this design and I’m confident that it represents the future of how we’ll look at pedaling our bikes.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

MTB Strength Training Systems/ Pedaling Innovations

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