Pedaling Innovations

The Catalyst Pedal is the world’s first mid-foot optimized pedal, giving you better power, balance and comfort on your bike.

Based on real science and movement principles, the Catalyst Pedal is a mid-foot optimized pedal that delivers the power of clipless, the fun and safety of flats and comfort no other pedal can match…backed with an industry-best 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.

How Catalyst Pedals Improve Your Pedaling

POWER – By supporting both ends of the arch of the foot you naturally support the arch itself, which gets rid of flex in the arch. An arch that is only supported on one side is weak and flexible while one that is supported on both sides is strong and stable. By supporting the arch with the pedal body itself you get rid of the foot flex you usually need stiff soled shoes for. This improves power transfer since the pedal body itself is far stiffer than even the stiffest soled shoes, which means every bit of power your legs produce go straight into the crank arms.

EFFICIENCY – The mid-foot placement of the axle balances the foot, which takes stress off of the ankle joint and allows for better recruitment of the hips. The hips have also been shown to be the major muscles used when pedaling, not your quads (ELMER, S. J., P. R. BARRATT, T. KORFF, and J. C. MARTIN. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2011). The mid-foot position has also been shown to shift the stress from the ankles to the hips (J.R. Van Sickle Jr, M.L Hull/ Journal of Biomechanics 2007). This means the mid-foot position allows your body to better recruit the main muscles powering the pedal stroke.

COMFORT & STABILITY – The more balanced foot position achieved from this pedal design will result in a more balanced application of force into the pedals. Instead of pushing forward into the pedal through the ball of the foot you will push straight down through the entire foot. This will result in less stress on the feet since you aren’t pushing them into the toe box of your shoes with every pedal stroke, plus your feet won’t push over the top and come off during hard sprints on the trail.

HOW THE MID-FOOT POSITON CHANGES YOUR PEDAL STROKE

With the ball of the foot on the pedal you are forced to push forward – literally trying to kick your foot off of the pedal as you pedal. This is why most pedals run a lot of pins in the middle of the pedal body and/ or put a concave design into the pedal to cradle the ball of the foot  – you have to fight that forward push to keep your feet on the pedals.

But when you move the foot forward it balances the forces going into the pedal. Now you can drive down into a strong, stable platform without having to fight those forward forces, which is why the Catalyst Pedal doesn’t need an excessive amount of pins in the middle of the pedal body or a concave design.

A regular pedal creating a forward push into the pedal.

A regular pedal creating a forward push into the pedal.

The Catalyst Pedal creating a balanced push into the pedals.

The Catalyst Pedal creating a balanced push into the pedals.

When I first saw them, I thought it might be a gimmick, but that thought ended with my first ride with them.  I was amazed at the power transfer on the climbs, and I went up a few technical climbs that I’ve always had to hike-a-bike.

Just when I thought I was convinced these were good pedals, I came downhill and realized these are GREAT pedals.  The balance, weight transfer, and control was totally improved.  I couldn’t believe what a game changer this was.

Brian L. – San Diego, CA

The story behind the Catalyst Pedal…

A couple years ago I was sitting on the trail pissed off at the lack of support I was getting from my shoes and pedals.

Like a lot of you, I constantly had to deal with the compromises that came between a stiff soled shoe for performance and a pliable soled shoe for comfort. As a flat pedal rider I also dealt with the constant adjustments I felt like I had to make to get my foot just right on the pedal and how easily it could get knocked out of that position.

While I sat there I wondered to myself why don’t I need a stiff soled shoe to squat or deadlift in the gym? As a strength coach I often worked out barefoot or with minimalist shoes and encouraged clients to train the same way.

I had lifted hundreds of pounds in bare feet – putting them under far more stress than they ever saw on the bike – so I knew that the foot was a naturally strong and stable platform. But for some reason my feet turned into an unstable, unbalanced mess on the bike.

And suddenly it hit me – when lifting in the gym the ground supports both ends of the arch of my foot. The arch is one of the strongest forms in nature but only if it is supported on both ends.

Once you support both ends of the arch the foot is strong, stable and balanced.

An idea is born…

Select Your Catalyst Pedals

Midnight Black

Midnight Black

$99 USD
Bad A** Blue

Bad A** Blue

$99 USD
Ruby Red

Ruby Red

$99 USD
Gun Metal Grey

Gun Metal Grey

$99 USD

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