Pedaling Innovations Celebrates Milestone and Updated Design for 2017

May 15, 2017 at 13:56
by Pedaling Innovations  
Press Release


The Catalyst Pedal from Pedaling Innovations passed a milestone earlier this month, selling its 3000th pair of pedals.

“When I first had the inspiration for the Catalyst Pedal two and a half years ago I never thought things would happen as fast as they have,” says founder James Wilson. “To go from an idea to selling over 3000 pairs of pedals around the world in such a short time is pretty humbling because it would never have happened without the support of a lot of riders.”

Updated design for the Catalyst Pedals with extra pins in the middle.

“The best part for me are the emails and social media posts we see from riders who have had the Catalyst Pedals help them not only improve their performance and fun but also decrease their pain. In fact, we even had a doctor write a blog post about how the Catalyst Pedals helped a patient of his with knee pain, which was really cool to see.”

But while the Catalyst Pedal has already gained a cult-like following among some riders based on their next-level performance and comfort, Pedaling Innovations is always looking for ways to improve.

So, based on rider feedback, Pedaling Innovations has added more pins to the middle of the pedal body along with shipping the pedals with longer traction pins.

Updated design for the Catalyst Pedals with extra pins in the middle.

“While the majority of riders found the grip to be better than any other pedal, there were some riders who were really pushing the limits and were asking for more. Our goal is to provide riders with the best pedal possible so we listened and made those changes,” explains James.

When asked what is next for Pedaling Innovations, James explains that their short term goals include setting up distributors in key areas around the world.

“I really appreciate all of the international orders we’ve gotten and I want to make it easier for these customers to get access to the Catalyst Pedals. I know it takes extra time and money to get them shipped from the US and so I am working to get some people set up to help me with that problem.”

Longer term, James says he is working towards a larger acceptance of flat pedals in the cycling world and spreading the truth about the pedal stroke.

“I really believe that a key to the growth of our sport is to get rid of this stigma that you need clipless pedals or that you aren’t a serious rider without them. There are thousands and thousands of people who would flock to our sport if they knew that they could just jump on a pair of flats, have fun and be a bad ass rider. By giving riders the truth and a real alternative, I hope that Pedaling Innovation can play a role in making that a reality.”

Riders who are interested in learning more about the science and logic behind the Catalyst Pedal or would like to order a pair of these ride-changing pedals can visit www.pedalinginnovations.com.


42 Comments

  • 17 0
 I personally like to go back and forth between clipless and flats. There are certainly benefits to both and more options along with a passionate company is never a bad thing.
  • 8 0
 It's funny, I see all this talk that you basically need to rock clipless but no one in my group of friends does. These have some appeal to me if there were more reviews out there. I have pretty big feet and really struggle with foot pain on long descents. Currently rocking vp harriers
  • 5 0
 First place I'd look at is your shoe ...sole stiffness in particular
  • 3 0
 I struggle with this too. Stupid big feet.
  • 1 1
 Big feet usually require a wider pedal not longer. Stuck with Harriers or Vaults for aggressive riding.
  • 2 0
 @bikebike69: I got the Vault's and it did the trick for me. Best pedal's I've ever had, and I've gone through a mess of them in the last few years.
  • 2 0
 @adrennan and @Rucker10 I have a size 13 shoe and these pedals are the best thing to happen to my feet since I was born! I strongly recommend if your in the market for a new pedal or @adrennan should help with your foot pain help a lot with mine, also look at going with a clipless shoe for your platform pedal having that ridged solo helps a lot. I just bolted a rubber pad where the cleat goes and it worked perfectly.
  • 1 0
 The Boomslangs are pretty awesome also. I go back and forth and I have the HT 2 pedals. I also drilled out 20mm further back in my new Shimano M9 shoes, which allowed me to distribute my weight a little better. I have stupid long legs and feel bunched up in clips. Replaced all the stock 6mm pins with 8mm pins too. Yeah, I've lost a few, but I have adjusted. I want a pedal that feels like a flat, with all the benefits. Cornering, proper hip extension, way better weigh distribution, etc...but I want the security of clips when I am all out in rough east coast backcountry shit where losing the weight on some techy stuff can land you, or me at least, over the bars in a hurry.
  • 1 0
 I have always had problems with foot pain and pedals a with few exceptions- Sidi's for clips, and a few deeply concave flats. Odyssey Grandstands are the most recent, and they're cheaper than Vaults even if they're about 5 millimeters smaller. Now I buy cheap skate shoes instead of five tens. Win win.
  • 1 0
 Where are all these people saying you "have to" use clipless pedals. I just don't see it. I use clipless, I just prefer them, but don't care at all what anyone else is on. And if people do try to convince you otherwise, so what? Screw 'em, ride what you want.
  • 1 0
 Do you tie your shoes really tight? I have found having my shoes looser got ride of this.
  • 7 0
 I'm on my second set of these and I really couldn't imagine using anything else. Super planted position while descending and much better engagement of the bigger leg muscles when climbing. I dig'em
  • 8 0
 I don't think the pedal is for me, but it's inspiring to see someone making a living following their passion like James.
  • 5 0
 I bought a blue pair of these last week, and another one in black today- before I saw this news today. I did read the orignial PB article and a few others. Congrats James! I suggested he try to make them in composite also as a lighter weight option.

I wonder if Bryceland wore these during the WC where he landed hard- if his ankle would have been spared...

I had 4 knee surgeries on my right knee over a span of 23 years (2 ACL, 2 meniscus repairs) and suffer from severe plantar fasciatis in both feet. On my first real ride with these, I felt more stable and felt less fatigued in my quads and calves, with no real strain on my knee. Can't wait to pound on em the rest of the year to get a real sense of their benefits.
  • 5 0
 Can anyone attest to how these pedals stack up against DMR vault 12s? I've had those for years and used them for DH, trail, and DJ. I think they're pretty much the shit but I'm still interested to see how they stack up to these.
  • 1 0
 I can. Way narrow compared to Vaults. Stick with Vaults or Harriers.
  • 1 0
 @bikebike69: I don't find them to be too narrow. Riding a single speed with a low bottom bracket I have found the narrowness to reduce rock strikes. I also feel completely solid with my foot only half on the pedal widthwise. The length is key to supporting your foot. I also used to cut the sides off my old flat pedals though...
  • 1 0
 @gunnysun: ...then I highly doubt you're an aggressive rider. Not slamming you with this...but having your foot half on and feeling good about it tells me your not. Just saying anybody with bigger feet who DH, DJ, Slalom would never want that.
  • 6 1
 Major design flaw as theses are still too narrow for guys with big feet. Maybe you guys need two sizes.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, my pedals are so much wider and I still roll off the edge. These things split my foot in two.
  • 2 0
 For the last year I have used these for trail and Dh riding and have been very happy with their performance. One of the keys to this pedal is a change in foot placement, it took me a little bit to get used to having my arch on top of the axle but it works. They are a little on the heavy side and PI will have to fix that to gain acceptance with riders that are always concerned with weight. With a sticky pair of 5 10's your good to go.
  • 2 0
 I love the set that I have been using to ride downhill, enduro and trail rides. They have taken a beating and only after about 16 months do the bearing need to be replaced. I bought them pretty early on and wasn't satisfied with the original pins, luckily straitline pins fit right in and make the pedals 1000x better (no scientific data to back this up). Overall I've been really happy with them and tried riding a friends bike and just couldn't get used to the smaller pedals, they felt really weird.

I also noticed that I haven't had plantar Fasciitis since running these and this was something I dealt with a lot while using smaller pedals and 5.10 shoes.
  • 4 0
 Improves performance, fun, and a Dr. wrote a note about knee pain reduction. Where have these been all my Life?
  • 4 0
 Flats definitely make life easier for me.
  • 2 0
 I want to try a pair but don't know how they'll hold up for DH. I like a planted foot and with my current setup I have just that. -I love you 5.10!
  • 2 0
 I guess I just wish they were more tunable, more spike placement options, width etc.
  • 1 0
 Too narrow for aggressive stuff.
  • 5 0
 FLATS TILL I DIE!
  • 3 1
 This guy absolutely knows his business. Check out his FPR manifesto. I'll try these.
  • 6 6
 Thousands and thousands of people would FLOCK to our sport if it weren't for that damn stigma....it's probably holding back BILLIONS of people who are just chomping at the bit,but they're afraid of the promised ridicule.
  • 2 0
 billions?
  • 3 1
 @SpencerRutherford: yep, i think hes way underestimated how many people are just waiting for the flat shaming to subside.
  • 1 0
 Been riding them for a few month now. I don’t think I can come back to any other flats now. Nor I ever want to try clipless.
  • 1 0
 I've been riding with these pedals for almost two years now and love them. So stable and a great price to boot. All three of my bikes have a pair.
  • 2 0
 The pedals are something else they rock.
  • 1 0
 I second the request for a composite version. I prefer plastic over aluminum pedals.
  • 3 4
 This has to be the most blatant paid advertising on pinkbike yet.
  • 2 0
 Well, it is a press release written by the company who sells these the pedals. What did you expect? Wink
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