Tectonic Components Launches New Made-In-USA Altar Pedal

May 20, 2022 at 19:43
by TectonicComponents  

PRESS RELEASE: Tectonic Components

After several years of prototyping, testing, and refinement, we are excited to launch our first product, the Altar platform pedal. We set out to build a pedal that would thrive in demanding conditions, with a focus on grip, durability, and ease of service. Proudly made in Durango, Colorado, the Altar pedal was designed for rock-strewn mountain summits, rowdy backcountry singletrack, crushing laps in the park, and hiking freeride lines in the desert, and will excel wherever the riding puts a smile on your face.


Details

-110 x 120mm platform size
-15mm thick
-330g / pair
-Carbon fiber-reinforced nylon pedal body
-Patent-pending, hardened Hitachi steel traction pins
-Stainless steel spindle
-Full cartridge bearing system
-Made in USA
-$199.00 USD
Material

After experimenting with a variety of materials, we landed on carbon fiber-reinforced nylon, a thermoplastic that exceeds the strength of aluminum while also being more inclined to glide over rocks, rather than sticking or catching. Filled with long fibers, our tooling optimizes their orientation and flow throughout the injection molding process for excellent mechanical performance. The Altar offers a quiet, damp ride and a feathery weight of 330g for a pair.


Footprint

Measuring 110mm (W) x 120mm (L), the Altar's generous platform size delivers sublime grip and power transfer, you are assured a reliable foothold even in those moments where foot placement is less than perfect. There is 2mm of dual concavity for the best ride feel, and the center of the pedal body is a slim 15mm.


Grip

Our patent-pending traction pin design features a dual-sided traction pin fixed by a side-loading bolt. This design allows for painless and quick replacement of damaged traction pins, and because there are no threads in the pedal body, a truly mangled pin will never make replacement impossible. We make these from hardened Hitachi stainless steel for the best in durability and profile them for optimal traction, while still understanding that these front-line parts need to allow for easy replacement for a long service life.

Guts

We set out to build a pedal around a durable, easily serviced bearing layout, arriving at a system that uses four cartridge bearings per pedal. These run on a heat-treated stainless steel spindle, with additional sealing elements for the best longevity. When the time comes, the pedals can be easily rebuilt with common tools.


The Altar pedal is available now. For more information or to purchase, visit tectonic.bike




222 Comments

  • 246 21
 Summary if you skipped to the comments without reading: $200 plastic pedals
  • 43 0
 I like my nylon pedals more than my alloy pedals. $200 though… I’ll need to see a long-term review.
  • 53 21
 @gnarlysipes: Agreed, I prefer them as well, for $50. I also prefer Glocks to alloy framed pistols. Plastic is great in tons of applications, there's no need to try to coat it in $150 of marketing wank.
  • 38 38
 Some one has been living under a rock. have you seen what bikes cost now?
I bet you have overpriced plastic all over your bike. and don't get me started on eyewear!

But really...it looks like a solid design.
  • 38 27
 Not very light, not very thin, proprietary pins. Why did they bring these to market?
  • 18 18
 @GorgeousBeauGaston: Get rid of that nickel plated sissy pistol.
  • 7 5
 @BrakeLessLLC: Well at least the overpriced eye-wear are an optical delight with an amazing fit and keeping those peepers bug n mud free along with additional lenses + case that keeps em tidy and with the right person will last for a very long time. As for the other plastic is concerned, yes, its all pricey but its not being smashed into rocks multiple times on daily rides.
  • 55 14
 For being made in the US, this should be expected and not shocking to anyone. Manufacturing stateside costs wayyy more because we pay humans a bit more than a few bucks a day compared to overseas manufacturing labor. Compared to OneUps $130 pedals, paying $70 more to have something made in the US is worth it to some of us Smile
  • 35 3
 But bro, they're perfect to go with your $8,000 Taiwanese plastic bike.
  • 38 1
 Seriously though; these look to be well engineered and crafted from excellent materials, by workers not part of the exploitation of oppressed peasants business model. And they look great too. The size/profile and pin system is sublime. When I buy my next set of flats, these will be them. Kudos Tectonic. Nicely done.
  • 10 2
 My last nuke proof pedals cost...... £22......
  • 1 0
 @StewartHowe: Hahah yeah right? It's weird to think about for sure.
  • 44 15
 @krau: aren’t you in the country that struggles to pay people working in the restaurant business a decent wage so these people need to rely on tips?
  • 42 7
 @GorgeousBeauGaston: Just Murica things, where you compare pedals to guns
  • 11 8
 @Sethimus: that's Germany you are referring to.
  • 23 4
 No lifetime warranty,no cheap crash replacement, no guaranteed parts availability?

Just one pair of injection molded plastic pedal for the price of 4-10 from other brands?

Seen from Europe it's made in a first world country overseas just like something from Taiwan.
  • 16 3
 @StewartHowe: How about your made-in-Colorado Guerilla Gravity frame? I'll take made in the USA stuff any day, and the options are growing!

It all used to be made here.......
  • 23 5
 @Sethimus: I wouldn't lump the entirety of the US into that statement but yeah, there are areas where restaurant workers make less than minimum wage. Depends on the city, local laws, etc etc.

Aside from that, what's your point? How does this have anything to do with my initial statements other than an attempted jab at the US? I know we suck in a lot of areas and have a long ways to go of course but my initial point wasn't about standing on some 'Merican pedestal.

I was simply attempting to point out it's not a negative thing when US made products are slightly more expensive than their overseas labor counterparts because they're more expensive for a good reason: paying humans actual living wages. Just because some businesses can't manage to do this properly, or parts of this country have issues, doesn't mean you can't be positive about businesses that can or make an attempt at it Smile
  • 3 0
 @likeittacky:

Goodr makes sunglasses that are 25-35$
  • 10 3
 @Sethimus: That's not how that goes. It's not that they struggle to pay them, the restaurant industry set itself up for success by allowing themselves the ability to charge for food as though they pay their employees while simultaneously dumping the burden of paying said employees on someone else under the guise of "tips."

There is no struggle, merely greed. Just like the cost of these plastic pedals
  • 6 0
 @Tigergoosebumps: If that's your thing-Goodr for you. Any glass under 80 bucks has never worked for me personally and i've owned a handful of cheapo's. Fit, function,clarity,aesthetics, durability, spare lens options are paramount with cost under 170, is my thing. Thanks for the heads up tho!
  • 1 1
 I could see how much they cost skimming the article but had a feeling it was going to be a whopper for some plastic pedals
  • 6 0
 @Compositepro: Username does not check out.
  • 3 0
 @barp: Too right - this guy doesn't know shit about composites, complete blagger.
  • 16 2
 @krau: These are far more expensive than full metal Hope F20 pedals, which are also made in a first world country. One where the cost of low skilled labor might actually be higher than in the US.

Injection molding is highly automated and cheap for large quantities, regardless of where it is done.

There is just no reason whatsoever why they should cost as much as they do. Just marketing bulls*it.
  • 7 4
 @Ttimer: "Injection molding is highly automated and cheap for large quantities, regardless of where it is done"

True - But as a new company its unlikely they have the large quantities part covered yet and its very likely the injection mould cost a bloody fortune to get them started.
  • 4 1
 @justanotherusername: I completely agree these days i make better rhubarb crumble and cakes
  • 4 0
 @krau: labor is only one side. All materials in this build are imported and taxes and shipping fees are large.
  • 15 1
 @Ttimer: I can see that point of view for sure. It could be related to how many runs they're doing though. I'm not disagreeing for sure, but I am open to there being more to the story for the high cost instead of just straight up greed.

I actually run a small boutique automotive part company where and I design, manufacture, and sell my product. My aluminum molds costs are 4x more than overseas, and my part runs costs are nearly 10x, and my paint/finishing costs are even more. Cost is partially because it's local American plastic part molding manufactures I work with and partially because it's short runs (1,000) vs 100s of thousands of runs for other brands. From the looks of this pedal brand's website, this definitely has the vibes of a one man army doing short runs with local Colorado plastic molders and cnc shops haha! Which is still rad, imo.
  • 2 0
 @dustybronco: I think you maybe read my comment(s) wrong, as I agree with you and I'm saying the same things! Smile ^^

And yeah, totally spot on. The shipping fees for importing materials, as well as mailing out orders to people is definitely more than people realize for small brands moving small inventory numbers. From my experience, after all shipping, product packaging, hardware, cost for manufacturing each set of pedals, cnc stuff, bearings, etc, I would be surprised if they are even close to $100 in profit per set of pedals.
  • 2 0
 @krau: I’d estimate $15k for the tooling, more if it’s a two-up, and a generous $10 per molded part owing to the CF rather than just glass, maybe slower cycle times as well.
Spindles could cost more if they are being machined in-house or a speciality fab shop…don’t know the flavor of stainless steel (if it comes with a brand name it’ll be more pricey) so… $5 per spindle?
Bearings off the shelf, pins are special but small. Not big drivers.
Then assembly and labor, domestic will add up especially if not optimized for quantity. I bet you’re right that they are still making a benji in profit, so good for them if the market responds favorably to that price for the product.
How’s my math?
  • 4 0
 @twozerosix: Spot on! And if they got away with their first tooling being their final tooling for production runs, they're lucky lol! You gotta start somewhere. Starts at a passion project that might break even in year 2, and eventually grows into something bigger if you play your cards right. I feel like it was just yesterday that Wolftooth was a small shop milling out cogs and a dropper lever, you know?
  • 1 11
flag SterlingArcher (May 22, 2022 at 16:20) (Below Threshold)
 @krau: wow someone’s insecure!
  • 11 0
 @EarIysport: The pins are a hella good idea actually, ever tried replacing yours?
  • 13 0
 Lol pinkbike is bipolar. When I read this article I was sure the “buy local” and “no more slave labour” crowd would win the day. Alas, it was the “it’s too expensive” crowd that took the W.
  • 2 4
 @krau: This is total BS; You can get a set of We Are One carbon wheels for the same price as the brands manufacturing overseas made in one of the highest cost manufacturing locations in North America.
  • 2 0
 Jeeeesus. I love the pin idea, and I love my oneup composites so I was thinking these could be an option. Nooooope.
  • 7 0
 Everyone wants US made until they see the price tag, then suddenly they're ok with it being made overseas.
  • 3 9
flag jdsy2154 (May 23, 2022 at 0:17) (Below Threshold)
 @krau: Manufacturing stateside costs wayyy more because you are ... lazy and slow.
  • 4 0
 @plyawn: What specifically is bs? WAO has done great with scaling, organizing, and planning. It's not shocking, and rad to see, that they have their manufacturing costs down. It'll be cool to see other startups get to that level for sure.
  • 5 0
 @SterlingArcher: What the?? What called for this? What about me agreeing with you makes me insecure? Man this is a weird place on the Internet XD
  • 3 2
 @krau: True, small runs on mass-production technology are quite expensive. Thats why small-scale bike part companies often use methods with lower initial investment, like machining or carbon composite layup. Not injection molding or drop forging.

Note that i'm not slamming the product. The pedals are probably quite nice and i like the idea of the two part pins.
But even a second-rate company like Sixpack can make composite pedals in a first-world country at half the price of these ones:
www.sixpack-racing.com/en-GB/products/pedals/flat-pedals/millenium-cf
  • 12 0
 @Ttimer: Not all injection moulding is like shelling peas. If there is a lot of carbon in the mix then it's going to wear the tool out fast so the costs of replacing the tool need to be factored in. Also they talk about "our tooling optimizes their orientation and flow throughout the injection molding process for excellent mechanical performance". The only way to eliminate "weld" lines would be to inject with a full diaphragm in the main windows, which would then need to be punched (or machined) out. That's a lot of extra hassle.
I don't really get why people are such cheapskates on flat pedals. They are one of your few contact points to the bike and all you have to control the back of the bike. They have to be very strong and you want them to spin smoothly and efficiently.
If you think of it like buying two front hubs then the price really isn't THAT bad.
  • 3 4
 @Sethimus: Aren’t you in a country that kills Down syndrome babies in the same method that Hitler wanted? Figures!!
  • 8 0
 @Ttimer: Yeah, that's fair. It's apples to oranges though. As then user above me said, these aren't the ordinary composite piece easily injection molded.

Let's say it was 50,000 for investment for starting this business for them. Which is being cheap. Tooling, prototypes, failed designs, failed molds, all the cnc work put into the pins stuff, website promo media stuff, the list goes on. At $100 profit a pedal, that's 500 pedals sets to break even. I'd be curious about their numbers after a year. All this chat about this makes me want to see PB do an interview article about the process, journey, and maybe shed light on the price thing. That'd be cool right?
  • 1 0
 @G-Sport: what's your opinion on bearingless / bushing pedal desighns like straightlines? I have three sets an I love em. If I see em for sale second hand i buy them up.
No Bearings means oversize stronger axles, an the bodies are like tanks, super deep concave.
I mean, how fast does a pedal need to spin?
(No criticism or sarcasm, genuinely interested in your opinion)
  • 1 0
 @krau: I left out amortizing the tooling thru the part price - depending on how many they expect to sell, PB commentary predicts between “one to a dentist” and “all the pedals”, so that tool cost could add 50% to the part price. Better to own your tool and shoot parts anywhere.
  • 5 0
 @Sethimus: Umm, those waiters and waitresses in the US can make good money
  • 2 0
 @naptime: Bushings are fine if you aren't super concerned about efficiency. So for BMX and DJ bikes etc they make a lot of sense (if they are designed right). But if you are significantly bothered about efficiency then it seems like a loss that is relatively easy to avoid. It's also nice that when you replace the bearings you get back to a "like new" situation. New balls on new races. But with a bush that runs on the axle, even if replacing the bushes is an option (which it often isn't) it's going on an old axle with old wear.
  • 6 6
 $200 is f*ckin retarded for plastic pedals , why does everybody charge so much for this over engineered shit?
  • 3 0
 @bikebasher: GG…lol
  • 4 2
 @matthewelliott1976: because when your riding real trail and your $40 pedel explodes it costs you thousands in hospital bills.
Can't expect someone who rides an xc hardtail to be into this kind of thing but it's not "retarded" it's radical and I for one like it when my feet stay on as I'm hurtling though the air. Your just not the clientele my friend.
  • 2 1
 @JamesPBlaw: Nukeproof and other brand composites are around $45, made by HT or Scada with the same shared internals that $150.00 pedals use.

Sure if doing proper DH stuff they probably not quite up to it I haven’t heard of any ‘exploding into a thousand pieces’ before.
  • 7 2
 @justanotherusername: and I'd argue these are 4 times as good (I own a pair) grip is far beyond any other flat I've used, which is many. If your spending 6k on a bike I don't see an issue with spending 3% of that price on some super sweet, American made product.
  • 1 2
 @justanotherusername: if you're doing proper DH stuff you maybe shouldn't be running plastic pedals...
  • 4 0
 @MJW94: I would never freeride on a plastic pedal, I was using a verity of metal pedals until I got on these. There more grippy, lighter, have a great bearing feel seem to be as strong as any alloy pedal I've owned. I've been freeriding on these in the southwest for a while, big lines and drops and there superior to any metal pedal I've used in the past. For grip and feel of the pedal underfoot. The massive platform is great if you ever loose a foot in the air or on gnarly stuff. I'm a convert.
  • 1 0
 @EarIysport: I bought a pair. They're very very light.
  • 1 1
 @GorgeousBeauGaston: I don't get that, sure I see the point of Glocks for their utilitarian design, but they are terrible to shoot compared to almost every other European brand.
Triggers are just horrible on Glocks, and you have to dump so much money into them for it to be a good pistol for target shooting.
I understand that they have other use cases in burgerland, where reliability and being foolproof might trump comfort.
  • 1 2
 @Losvar: it’s because you don’t know how to shoot one.
  • 57 30
 This is cool. I'm saddened by the comments comparing this to a $50 composite pedal. Between the materials and original design this is more like a premium option compared to alloy pedals even. Add the USA made element and I think the price is fair.
  • 38 25
 Oh just stop. Again, Odyssey JCPC pedals are plastic pedals with metal pins. The sides are replaceable if you break/damage one. The spindle has a lifetime warranty. Odyssey also has a patent for their design. I am so sick of this ridiculous mountain bike pricing and the people that defend it.

The cure for high prices, is high prices.
  • 12 3
 @team-issue: what's your deal with these odyssey pedals? They look hideous. If anything, get deity deftraps or one up..pedals that actually look good.
  • 11 1
 @team-issue: those look tiny. I won't defend the high pricing aside from domestic manufacturing, which does justify something of a premium. But at least the Tectonics are designed for mountain biking and feet bigger than size 8.
  • 10 7
 @Phazz470: I don't actually care about the Odyssey pedals. I'm using them as an example for how stupid/gouging this companies pricing is. They are literally 4 times less expensive and have all the same marketing buzzwords Techtonic does.
  • 8 11
 @AndrewHornor: Domestic manufacturing doesn't mean anything. Also, have used these exact pedals on my BMX for 8 years with size 12 shoes, but alright.
  • 7 2
 @team-issue: the Odyssey pedals are sick and such good value. The tectonics pin system looks good but $200 I'd be asking for lifetime warranty
  • 21 3
 @team-issue: there’s definitely a Stockholm syndrome in the cycling world where people continually justify exorbitant prices.
  • 2 2
 @team-issue: ok, but do your feet a favour and try big pedals on your mountain bike. I prefer it quite a lot. It's much more comfortable, unless you prefer to wrap your feet around the pedal
  • 2 2
 @team-issue: your spending 6k on a bike but can't spend 3.3% of that price on the bit of the bike that arguably matters the most. If you can't get a secure connection with your feet you can't ride.
  • 5 1
 @team-issue: no you stop. dude those odyssey pedals are the worst things I've seen since the stock long pedals on my 2008 stinky. Actually I would DEFINITELY still take the kona pedals over that garbage. I'd rather pay $200 for the techtonics than $40 for that crap
  • 35 8
 Lol….I’ll stick with DEITY DEFTRAPS for 55 bucks.
  • 9 0
 Yup, got a few pair, beatbthem to death on rocks, missing a couple pins after a season, easy to replace, and $55.

I thneed these pedals, but cutting lose $200 for pedals is a bit much.

If the steel spindle version was $100 and the Ti version was $200, then we’d have something to work on.
  • 2 0
 Chromag Dagga Chris Karver Kovariks Signature Pedals are Boss
  • 2 0
 @threesixtykickflip: for an alloy pedal I agree…..wish they’d offer a plastic version. Until then it’s the Deftraps for me. Although I do run T-Macs on the DH bike. Having big feet I appreciate the biggest platforms.
  • 4 3
 @matthewelliott1976: these make Deity defttraps look like a test ride pedel in comparison. Just saying not the same market at all.
  • 23 6
 Clean looking pedals and not made by children without safety equipment or with beggar's pay. I don't see anything wrong here. We refuse to realize the true cost of all this crap. If big companies spent as much money actually making durable or decent products as they did on marketing such products in order to convince us that their garbage is reliable or high performance, the state of the bike industry might be much less dismal state than it is at the moment. Meanwhile, many big bike manufacturers that have been bought out by holding companies or have been blinded by the growth at all costs model are more than happy to make ma and pop shops anemic with crap margins and predatory programs so they can buy them out on favorable terms in order to undermine their rivals in undeniably egotistical fashion. My gut tells me there's much more to these pedals than what you'll find with even a set of Shimano saint pedals. I'd eat my hat if these spindles didn't feel notably better than any budget composite pedal on the market and the pedal body themselves a different quality. There's just too many examples of heirloom products made here stateside or in other arenas where exploitation of cheap labor is paramount to convince me otherwise. We can't even make things in Taiwan or China anymore as the labor there has become too expensive...and so...on to the next victims. As long as we convince ourselves of the illusion of value and quality we'll continue to exploit cheap labor in the race to the bottom in regards to price. At least we've had enough time with such practice that the expectations of bike gear have become such that rider's are ok that input into their equipment are suggestions rather than solids asks.
  • 9 9
 The true production cost is max. 1/5 of the selling price. So these are less than 40$.
  • 9 4
 That's a lot of words from someone that has no clue what they're talking about. Your entire post is conjecture or straight fallacy.
  • 17 2
 @Tectonic - I feel like your press release could have covered off a few more obvious faq’s.
Q: why no internal : central pins?
Q: why no tapered leading edge for deflection? Especially with a larger then most platform.
Q: does the plastic body have a replacement warranty?
I’d love a response, with these questions answered I’d likely be a potential customer.
In addition if these are concave then they are a 17mm wide pedal? With a 15mm central thickness…?
Good work trying something new! Good luck.
  • 6 1
 Many pedals now don’t have tapered edges / an asymmetric design now - you gain about 10mm of real estate on the pedal and I think the deflection argument is often overplayed for many users.

The Deity Tmac and Pembree pedals seem very well liked and are the same.
  • 43 1
 Good questions! Our testing found central pins reduced the concave pedal feel. Think of a bed of nails effect, where too many points start to spread a load. These are 2mm concave on both sides, so approximately 19mm at the edge. We wanted the pins toward the edge of the platform, but these do have a radius and reduced frontal material to help them deflect off impacts. Most importantly, the material is less ductile than aluminum so it does a great job of this on its own.

We offer a one-year warranty, and lifetime crash replacement at cost. Although, we haven’t had a broken pedal body yet in three plus years of testing, I can’t say the same for more than one pair of cranks they were attached to in that time.
  • 9 1
 @TectonicComponents: great to see you guys actively engage in the comments - I always think it’s an easy way to build brand loyalty.
If your pedal body is the strongest element, why not make a big outlandish lifetime warranty? It’s more a sales generator than a real need for the consumer… I know friends with a bike shop say they have only ever had to organise a couple of break replacements for WeAreOne rims, yet the majority of riders that are unlikely to cause a break anyway are attracted to the brand by the warranty. (and those riders that broke them are pushing stupid hard so to have them riding them is almost free PR).
I’ll check out your Int shipping costs and check my build budget, im convinced by the design.
  • 6 0
 @JosMaple: Thanks for the feedback. Watch this space; we want riders to feel 100% confident in these pedals.
  • 1 1
 @TectonicComponents: Less ductile. Why is that good? How does the (impact) strength compare?
  • 5 2
 @TectonicComponents: just one year warranty lol
  • 3 2
 @JohSch: the money has to come from somewhere. If you buy a lifetime warranty you’re paying for it if you never use it, so I actually don’t like them on most things.

Also, for a young company like this that doesn’t know how many people will game the system, true (acceptable use) lifespan of their product, and have the headcount to run the program, offering that could bankrupt them right away.
  • 3 0
 @baxterbike: although on the flip side, many people wouldn’t want to purchase a relatively expensive product that is new to the market (and therefore untested) and doesn’t have a lifetime warranty.

I’m in the market for new pedals. These would absolutely be on my short list if they had either 1) a lifetime warranty or 2) hundreds of positive reviews over many years of service.
  • 2 0
 @boopiejones:Would you want lifetime warranty on bending a spindle, breaking a pin or wearing out the internals too?
  • 2 0
 @justanotherusername: I think lifetime warranty on the body and spindle is fair, or worst case offer lifetime replacement of those two items at cost… assuming “cost” is a reasonable number. Somewhere around $15 to replace one pedal body or one spindle would seem reasonable to me.

Bearings and pins are wear items and can be purchased relatively cheaply on tectonic’s website. I’m fine with that.
  • 2 0
 @boopiejones: Most brands offer axles for sale at the kind of price you are suggesting - nobody offers a lifetime warranty on axles because its a ridiculous idea.

No axle is un-bendable no matter what the material, no body is impervious to crash / impact damage, fatigue breaks parts after years and years and thousands of miles of use.

Personally I think offering a lifetime warranty would be ridiculous which is likely why hardly anything comes with one.
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: what they need is a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects, and a lifetime crash replacement policy (to the original buyer). Crash replacement policy being parts or even complete pedal at a heavy discount. A lifetime warranty as we tend to think of it is never sustainable for any business - just handing out parts to anyone rough/unlucky enough to break them.
  • 2 0
 @Tambo: I'm not sure how you would define a manufacturing defect after a good number of years though vs the realistic longevity of parts used in a harsh environment?

I mean say after 5 years the body develops a crack (no huge crash) after being ridden for thousands of miles - would you expect this to be covered as a manufacturing defect or would you say this is to be expected due to fatigue?

If parts and bikes lasted forever they would be inevitably worse to ride, heavier, less functional etc - we have to strike a balance, there is sustainability and then unrealistic expectations of engineering and fatigue resistance.
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: that's why we have to apply common sense. If after 5 years the pedal still looks new but the body breaks in half revealing a void - manufacturing defect. On the other hand, if after 5 years it's absolutely hammered and there's no visible defect in the break - 'crash' replacement. I agree that nothing lasts forever really, but these also aren't perishable goods at consumable prices. I'm running a set of pedals that are 15 years old to me, and they were used when I got them...they wouldn't have cost $200 new either; not even today!
  • 16 2
 Yes expensive, but they are big (among the largest available), very light, and concave. Just try finding that combination anywhere else.

When you consider that some of the other premium-priced pedals are either heavier, smaller, manufactured offshore, or all of the above - then these look pretty competitive in the high end pedal market. The only thing unproven is whether the bodies will hold up as long as aluminum.

Not much to complain about here IMO. If I could justify it, I'd be ordering a pair tonight.
  • 6 0
 Concavity is free in a molded pedal.
  • 2 0
 @twozerosix: it's pretty much free in any pedal, no? Convexity's just a byproduct of a thin leading edge (Oneup, etc)
  • 4 1
 My biggest question is -- on my current metal (and plastic) pedals, if I really hang up a pin on a rock, the pin rips off/out... yeah bummer, but I keep on trucking.... on this one tho -- if you really catch a pin, it rips out that whole section of the pedal because the pin is a large unit embedded through the whole pedal? Or did they engineer a thin neck so it break off before the body gets pulled through altogether?

As far as convexity is concerned -- the shoe contacts the pins... as long as the pins/surface int he middle is lower than the ones that the front/back, it's concave - regardless of the appearance of the body. In this case it's concave only because there are no center pins, which to me means less grip...
  • 5 0
 @borisimobike: There's a big step down in pin diameter right below the pedal surface. I imagine this will function as a stress riser in the event of a pin catch, and let the head of the pin shear off.
  • 4 0
 @borisimobike: that inboard axle bump hides really nicely in the side profile picture so I might have overestimated the effective concavity. But I think I'd still call it concave with how thin the middle-middle is.

Convex pedal bodies still feel different than concave ones regardless what the marketing says about 'effective concavity.' I don't like them myself, but it's nice that a wide range of options exist so every rider can find what they're looking for. I also have a preference for no center pin but again that's just a feel thing.

In one of the other comments Tectonic said they think the pin will break before damaging the pedal body, but that'll be proven/disproven over time!

I'm less enamored after seeing the axle bulge you brought to my attention but I still think these pedals will be well-liked by those who buy them...
  • 13 4
 Why can't more brands do this? Tick every box on the first go?
Good platform size/shape? Check
Good pin system/layout? Check
Good bearing system? Check
Concave? Check
Plastic bodies that slide off rocks better? Check
I cannot see anything I don't like, these are at the top of my 'next pedals list' now, as a serial pedal killer (every pedal I've ever run has had snapped axles at some point, I've smashed platforms too) the price does make me pucker up a bit bit they're only about the same as my previous top choices diety tmac and chromag dagga.
  • 4 0
 This! Why are there so many pedals and so few that get *everything* right?
  • 11 2
 A few days ago Pinkbike featured the Sixpack Millenium CF pedals with very similar features for less than half the price…
• Made in Germany
• Carbon fibre reinforced polyamide
• Net size: 105 x 114 mm
• Height: 18.5 mm center (15 mm leading edge)
• Weight: 350 g
• Thermo-chemically tempered CrMo axle
• Recycled carbon fibres from industrial waste
• RRP: 89.95 €
  • 9 4
 And bushing on one side,I'm out
  • 8 0
 By far the best flats I've ever ridden, The grip is spectacular and the concavity of it all makes it realistic to re adust if needed. I've been putting a good smash on them and so far no damage at all, I'm reading all the comments comparing them to a plastic pedels, I can only say that would be like comparing coal and a diamond. Same ingredients, much better outcome. Get a pair under your feet and you'll forget about the price tag. I'm never going back.
  • 9 1
 Trick little pin design system, although no reason to have the extra cost of threading the pins. Wonder how the NylonCF holds up to those pins getting bashed laterally.
  • 3 0
 Great comment, @Tectonic? Can you comment - have/ do these develop lateral play in the pin holes after big hits? A wobble a pin could be rather distracting.
  • 13 1
 @JosMaple: No wobble in the pins, the fixing bolt tightens the pin against the inside of the bore so it remains snug. Additionally the pins are designed to bend or snap before damaging the body, but the material is surprisingly strong and resilient.
  • 2 0
 @TectonicComponents: how many extra sets of pins comes with a set?
  • 1 0
 Yes there is good reason to thread the pins! You'd be amazed the difference it makes
  • 2 0
 @TectonicComponents: Love the pin design! I've never understood why a system like this wasn't more popular with other brands. Without a good pin replacement system pedals are basically disposable if you damage the pedal body threads.

I have some questions on the hardened pins though. Why do the hardening process? What is the net benefit? Is the ideal failure mode to have the pin shear off or is bending what you were going for?
  • 7 1
 These look really well thought-out, especially that pin design. One of those ideas where you think "Why hasn't anyone come up with this earlier?" Easily serviceable, great concave platform design and lightweight. Apart from the price tag, these are a 10/10 to me on paper.
  • 7 1
 Love the shape, size, made in the US, and pin placement. But for $200 I can’t justify a carbon reinforced nylon pedal. It’s unfortunate but until the price comes down I can’t justify that.
  • 7 0
 "Patent-pending, hardened Hitachi steel traction pins" I find the softer, inferior steel on my current pedal doesn't tear through shin flesh as efficient as it could.
  • 2 0
 Ah, the difference is, it'll be a nice, clean cut because the tip isn't mangled, rather than a massive tear.
  • 9 2
 looks like good engineering and design, but that price is ridiculous even with added tooling wear of cf-nylon
  • 4 0
 They're made in a very cool town in Colorado, they're light, easy enough on the eyes, the pins look grippy, they can be serviced with regular tools, and the platform is sized right. Of course, there are cheaper options out there for all those belly aching about the price, but I'm ok with boutique prices with all those boxes are checked. Remember the saying about mountain biking....just like crack, but twice as expensive.
  • 6 3
 Good shout about plastic pedals sliding off rocks and not hooking up, that was the biggest difference I noticed vs alloy pedals when I switched, will never go back to alloy, but I will stick with my $15 ebay one up nylon pedal clones that have lasted me two seasons without flinching so far.
  • 2 1
 15$ one up knock offs Eek sounds right up my alley
Do you remember the name by any chance? Id like to chk em out
  • 2 2
 @Crankhed: just search rockbros nylon pedal on ebay, since covid they're now about $30aud
  • 2 2
 @Crankhed: you can find em on Amazon, I got a pair and it’s a no brainer.
  • 3 2
 Rockbros and scudgood pedals are the best find from the comments section so far. I run them on all five bikes in our household. My first pair have been thrashed to hell (I’m also a heavy guy) over 2.5 years and still work perfectly. Previously I needed to replace pedals annually, be it bent axles, or broken bodies. These have had neither.
  • 1 0
 Thanks man Ive found these “shanmashi’s” they’re pretty close and they’re made “w/nylon carbom”
must be sum new space age stuff @ctd07:
  • 9 3
 Groundbreaking stuff here. We finally have a flat pedal on the market. Truly a game changer for only $200
  • 3 4
 With an axle bulge to decrease traction!!!
  • 9 5
 These look amazing. Definitely my next pedal. Not surprised pinkbikers are throwing a tantrum over them, but these are the smartest pedals ive even seen hands down. check all the boxes, bravo.
  • 2 0
 They pass the test in the real world too. I'm very impressed. Haters gonna hate.
  • 12 6
 $200 hahaha! Good one! Smoke another Tectronic...
  • 10 7
 Odyssey JCPC pedals are $45 USD. Plastic pedals with metal pins. Also, if you manage to break one side, you can replace it. Mountain bike company pricing is so far up their own ass.
  • 6 3
 Smaller, heavier, uglier. You can keep them thanks.

As someone with large feet (15uk, 16us) who appreciates plastic pedals hanging up less on rocks, and kills bearings/bushings in pedals pretty quickly, these have actually gone to the top of my list, ahead of the similarly priced dirty tmac and chromag daggas that were previously there. The pins being hardened may stand a chance of lasting more than a few rides, and super easy to change if/when they do get mangled.
  • 4 2
 Bravo, the industry has been crying out for more pedal choices, the current 174 offerings are simply not enough. Holding a pedal pin in with what is essentially a pedal pin is different, would be good if the pin was tungsten or cobalt.
  • 4 0
 Tectonic Would seem the pin bolts would be best served from inside the pedal cage to eliminate any damaged bolt heads that would occur from rock bashing
  • 7 3
 For $200, I'm buying Yoshmura made in California alloy pedals.

yoshimuracycling.com/collections/all/products/chilao-performance-bicycle-pedal-yoshikote
  • 2 0
 I have both. The Tectonics are much larger and much lighter.
  • 1 0
 @VelkePivo: I have the Yoshimura's and the Grip is unprecedented.

I don't race so I don't care about really care about weight, but whatever works for you.
  • 4 0
 On the pricey side but i am liking these overall. Around 100 USD would be a def buy for me. For 200 - Not so sure. Just an honest feedback.
  • 2 0
 I think the comments regarding the pricing are a direct reflection of the unexpected consequences of globalization, especially for the developed nations who really were spoiled by it for so long. I see and hear it time and time again, many who cry fowl when their choices are pretty much Asian-made products, yet throw the same face when they see the cost of a 100% born and made American product. Can't be a nationalist and frugal at the same time.
  • 2 0
 FWIW, I ordered a set of these and the fit and finish is on a whole new level. Quite a bit nicer than my TMACs, which are pretty nice pedals. They're also dramatically lighter than the TMACs. Almost startlingly light when you lift them out of the box. If they hold up under use then they'll be worth the $200 if the TMACs are "worth" $179. Oh, and they look cool as hell.
  • 4 1
 These sound like great pedals. The pin design is clever, and the material and manufacturing are pretty cool. If I didn't use clips, I might have gotten these.
  • 3 1
 Quick question: why are the pins threaded? A groove might be nice to act as a failure point if you smash a rock with your pedal, but I can't see why the entire thing needs to be threaded.
  • 8 0
 We experimented with a variety of pin profiles (hourglass, hexagonal, cylindrical, etc.) and found that a slight taper with a threaded tip for a serrated gripping surface was the best option for maximum traction without being overly aggressive. There are grooves lower on the pin that promote bending or snapping where it is least damaging to the pedal body, we also harden the pins so they are more inclined to snap off cleanly.
  • 4 0
 @TectonicComponents: I’ve noticed a substantial decrease in grip (especially when wet) with non-threaded pins. Tapered pins makes a ton of sense too. Nice work.
  • 2 0
 @TectonicComponents: Awesome, thanks! If I didn’t ride exclusively clipped in I’d consider these for sure.
  • 1 0
 I bought a Hope Fortus 30 pro 4 front wheel for £90, got my Fox 36 Van 180's for £200, with possibilities and options
like that in the 2nd hand market, theres no fffking way I'm gonna spend 200 of any nations currency on pedals
  • 2 0
 Well I'm not sure it's fair to compare new with 2nd hand. You only got those items so cheap because someone else paid full price and took the depreciation hit.
  • 1 0
 @olly76:

" Well I'm not sure it's fair to compare new with 2nd hand. You only got those items so cheap because someone else paid full price and took the depreciation hit."

I'm more pointing out my tight arse spending perspective with regards, I only buy new wear parts, chainrings,
tyres, pads, cassettes, seals etc everything else will be someone elses unwanted : )
  • 1 0
 @muddytreker: Oh yeah, fully agree. My most recent bike is 2nd hand and it's very worthwhile making the classifieds the first place to look for upgrades/replacements.
  • 6 2
 Look like a cross between crank brothers and one up pedals
  • 17 1
 Combination of the pedal designs, sum of the pedal prices.
  • 5 1
 Made in the USA that's what I'm talking about I'm calling them Monday ●
  • 6 3
 $200 is several pairs of Deftraps, which use machine screws that any Ace Hardware store will have..........
  • 3 4
 These will last as long as all of your deftraps...
  • 4 1
 @diamondback1x9: Deftraps are hella durable. And the center bulge on these is hot garbage. I'd just run TMacs if I wanted dentist pedals
  • 5 2
 I clinched my teeth when I spent that money on Yoshimura pedals, but they're not plastic and worth every penny.
  • 4 0
 Yes finally some plastic pedals I cannot afford .
  • 8 5
 People in the comments here will spend $10,000 on their dream bike but can't justify 2% of that for great pedals.
  • 4 0
 Awesome looking pedals! Nice work Tectonic!
  • 3 0
 Genius pin design. Idk why everyone isn’t doing this. Easy to replace pins when sheared and makes the pedal look bad ass.
  • 5 0
 Its their patent now -wont see anyone else doing it.
  • 1 0
 I was wondering whether the downside would be the extra weight of all that 'middle pin' bit. But they are a decent weight, so clearly not a major issue.
  • 3 0
 Pinkbike: Why are all pedals convex? We want concave!

Tectonic: Here ya go!

Pinkbike: Not like that....
  • 2 0
 I find it ironic that the last pic shows these carbon pedals on an aluminum bike
  • 3 0
 I believe that's a Commencal and they don't make carbon because they are so hard they don't need to. Likely a nod to the hard core nature of this pedal. If it's not a Commencal, I apologize for my error.
  • 2 2
 @warmerdamj: this guy gets it
  • 5 1
 Nope.
  • 2 0
 I was wondering how the securing pins thread into the oedal body. Are there thread inserts?
  • 3 1
 "They offer a quiet, damp ride"
They aren't noisy (there's a low bar) and they make your feet wet.........TAKE MY MONEY!!!
  • 2 0
 I’ve been on the e13 composite pedals for 6 months, love them!
Perfect size, smooth bearings, good pin length.
  • 1 1
 "The Altar pedal was designed for ...... hiking freeride lines in the desert." - Beacause we all know most of aren't riding those lines... Smile
  • 2 1
 Crank Bros Stamp 1 pedals - why the hell do you want to pay ridiculously more - seriously!
  • 1 0
 Or spend a 1/4 of the price and get some e13, Crank Brothers or Nukeproof Composites.
  • 4 7
 imagine a world where $200 buys you a nice bulge
You don't have to imagine! thats right come on down to Durango Colorado, where we've got bulges for miles. 330g bulge sold separately, terms and conditions apply, patent-pending
  • 2 2
 Looks like one first good rock strike would kill these...
Also, I just got some nuke proof pedals for £22......
  • 2 1
 I hope you guys reevaluate this price.
  • 2 2
 WTF its the same material azek decking is made out of. Its litterally the same and its like 1.00 per linear foot.
  • 1 0
 These look sick - like a composite TMAC really...
  • 1 1
 $200 for a set of nylon pedals is ridiculous ..... I'll stick with my T-Macs
  • 4 4
 Just what bike world needs… another pedal.
  • 1 0
 its a Flat out conspiracy to stick us with pins!
  • 1 0
 Can I get free shipping?
  • 2 0
 try it now
  • 1 3
 Jesus. I ordered 3 sets. Sad that you all can’t afford some bike pedals. Maybe do something with your lives.
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