Pedaling Innovations Catalyst Pedals
The Pedaling Innovations Catalyst Pedals are a patent-pending design, which gives you the performance of clipless pedals, the fun and freedom of flats, and comfort no other pedal can match. By providing a platform that lets you support both ends of the arch of your foot, the Catalyst Pedal supports your foot the same way the ground would, allowing for a more balanced, stable foot position and increased power transfer into the drivetrain.
How it works:
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 the 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 foot placement improves your pedalling in 3 ways:
- COMFORT & STABILITY.
- Extruded and Machined using our exclusive mould 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 the 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.
- 520g with short pins installed
Ratings & Reviews
by John -
I have been riding these since they were first released from Pedalling Innovations, a couple of years now, and have not looked back. Think about the first time you rode on your 5-10s and noticed how stiff the sole was. After a while it starts to soften up, until your shoe starts to arch over the pedal. You start to notice your feet getting a bit achey on the longer descents. The Catalyst gives you a massive platform to stand on, no arching of the foot, hello comfort! Power transfer is awesome since you have a descent surface to push on the whole time. I think there is more to be gained by people with bigger feet because it massively increases your front to back platform. While I appreciate the workmanship that has gone into the Catalyst I wish there was a lighter version available, mine are ~500g, a massive step up from the 250g flats I was running prior. Having said that the hugely increased comfort and power transfer means I will stick with the Catalyst pedals and hope there is a fancy version made one day, even if it is just a limited run.
by Ivan A. -
I have been using the Catalyst pedals for the last two weeks on both my 29er hard tail and 27.5 dually mountain bikes.
There have been great and easy to get used to on my dually MTB bike.
On the hard tail it has taken more adjustment over rough surfaces like rocks and tree roots due to the back wheel bouncing some.
Mr s mellross
by Shane M. -
Love my new pedals makes it so much easier all the power without have to use clips
No more foot or low back pain
by Carrie E. -
I love these pedals. They give an amazing stable platform for descending and I find that I'm riding with less low back pain since I can get my whole foot arch on the platform. Back pain is almost non existant these days.
by Carlos -
I have been using the Catalyst pedal since they were first introduced a couple of years ago. I won't use any other flat pedal on my trail bikes. The longer platform really allows you to create a lot of power when needed, yet it also provides the ability to feather the pedals during slow speed manoeuvres and trials moves. It's great to see these aviailable in Australia now as shipping from the USA wasn't cheap. Being a VPP manufactured pedal they can also be rebuilt, although mine are still going strong. It's worth checking out James Wilsons Flat Pedal Manifesto. After 20+ years on clipless I swapped and am now 100% sold on flats and the Catalyst.
by Glenn R. -
Great, works well, good foot support without needing an uncomfortable specialised cycle shoe.