Fri, Dec 23 2011 1:08 pm |
Kink gives you an in-depth look at their new Plastic Pedal…
Since displaying our new pedal at Interbike this year we’ve received a lot of questions regarding the concept and design. With the re-birth of the plastic pedal a few years ago, there hasn’t been a whole lot progress as far as design changes or improvements are concerned. While the typical plastic pedal is very affordable, the biggest downside of the current available models are weak spindles and bearings. To rectify this we went back to the drawing board and started with a brand new patented spindle concept. Rather then the standard design, our spindle does not taper down at the end. This allows us to make a super strong, large diameter, hollow spindle that will be able to withstand some serious abuse.
Moving on to the bearings, well, there aren’t any in our pedal. We thought about loose ball bearings, sealed bearings, bushings, and finally about eliminating the bearing altogether and simply using the pedal body itself. With the correct materials and a little bit of grease, we have an insanely strong and smooth pedal without the worry of blowing out tiny bearings. We’ve been testing these for nearly a year now and are psyched on the results.
Another feature of the pedal bodies is that they are both identical, so buying a replacement body is super easy and you can even rotate them from left to right if you choose. The pedal itself is easily maintained and can be installed with either a 6mm allen key or 3/8″ drive ratchet. Lastly for those wondering about the design of the pedal body, the shape will be similar to the CNC samples we have been showing, but the production bodies will be injection molded and will include some small design changes as well as logo treatments. The pedals weigh in at just 13.9oz (395g) per pair and should cost just a little more than your average pair of plastics.