OWN FR-01 Flat Pedal Shoe
Dan Hutchinson and Warren Bosomworth are on a mission: re-invent the flat pedal shoe. Fed up with heavy and bulky shoes full of features that didn't serve a purpose, and with years of experience designing shoes for other companies, the two men decided to take matters into their own hands, and Only What's Necessary (OWN) was born.
The result of their efforts is the FR-01, a shoe that looks vastly different than the typical skate shoe-inspired options that currently dominate the market. A Kevlar fabric is used for the outer shell, and a sticky Vibram rubber is used for the sole. Rather than stitching, heat and pressure is used to join the materials together, similar to the construction techniques used for high end outerwear.
Instead a traditional footbed the shoes use a there's a removable liner that extends slightly above the ankle to keep out debris. There will be two liners included, one that's ventilated for warmer days, and another that's waterproof and lightly insulated for cold and wet rides. A rectangular portion of D30, the viscoelastic material that firms up upon impact, is attached to the bottom of each liner; the idea is that it will help provide extra cushioning during harsh landings off drop or jumps, and also contour to a rider's foot. The overall shape of the FR-01 is slim but wide, a shape that's almost like a climbing shoe. The expected release date of the shoe is Spring 2016, and the price will be €190.
The front and back of the sole is lugged for off the bike traction, and the area that contacts a pedal is flat and uniformly shaped. Two booties are included, one for warm rides and the other for when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Spank's New Pedals, Rims and Wheels
Bikes and clothing come in different sizes, so why shouldn't pedals? That's the reasoning behind Spank's new Spoon pedals, which come in three different widths: 90, 100, or 110mm, allowing riders to chose their platform size based on how big their feet are. The pedals spin on scandium enriched chromoly axles, and use a DU bushing on the inboard portion of the spindle combined with a sealed cartridge bearing on the outboard portion. There are plenty of flat pedals out there that use different sized traction pins to make them feel as if they are concave, but Spoon's body is a true concave, measuring 14mm in the center. 10 replaceable pins screw in from the backside of the body, which keeps the hex head from being mashed out of shape on the trail. Available in green, blue, black, and red, the Spoon will retail for $95 USD.
Spank have also added a number of wider rims and complete wheelsets to their line. The Ooozy trail 345 is designed for tires up to 2.5" and comes in both 27.5" and 29" versions, while the 395+ is aimed at the Plus bike crowd, either 27.5+ or 29+.