The Development of the S2 Pedal

Pedals have been a mainstay in our range pretty much since the start and It’s something that we feel is one of the most important parts of the bike.

Our S2 pedal development was a very long process to get right and bring you something that we felt would perform to our standards.

As with all of our products we started with some sketches of what we wanted from the pedal. We came to the unanimous decision that we wanted a design with support and decent feel under foot. We worked around a traditional parallelogram extrusion with a pin in the centre of the pedal body as we didn’t like the feeling of ‘falling through’ pedals with large openings. This also follows on from our designs with our Nitro and Oxide pedals of old.

Already many revisions into the process and happy with our design we finalised our drawing and made some samples by CNC for proof of concept before opening an expensive extrusion mold. We then got them out to team riders to test. This is one of the most crucial parts of our process and why we have team riders. When out for Joyride in Whistler, Matt Jones was landing so heavy on the bike that we found our design was compromised so it was back to the drawing board.

We kept the pin placement exactly the same as we liked the feel, but increased the concavity across the platform – now 2.3mm between the highest and lowest pins, giving that ‘in the pedal’ feeling. We also introduced a full length axle for vastly increased durability.

One thing you’ll notice is the two strengthening braces across the extrusion. These were key to increasing the body strength 5 fold. The new extrusion is stronger in every way.

By going to a full length axle we also adapted the way the central pin was supported to this new asymmetric design. We also think it looks sick whilst keeping all the strength there. Another batch of samples ordered… tested and tooling opened.

When the first pedal arrived, this was an exciting day in the office and gave us an excuse to go and ride.

After further testing we still felt we could make this pedal even better and so we moved the pin placement with a drill to trial a 3 pin design front and rear on the body. This meant losing the inside rear pin, however on inspection with riding shoes, we weren’t using this pin anyway.

Now completely happy and stoked with our design we hit the order button and waited for our stock to arrive. It takes a while but we have a good partner in Taiwan for our pedals and working with them is a pleasure.