Ever thought you were doing things backwards? Upside down? Inside out?
Italian brand Freection had the same feeling when it came to flat pedals – or at least the things we’ve called flat pedals up until now. You know, those tough alloy and steel contraptions loaded with sharp flesh-hungry pins dotted all over them. As all good engineers do, the peeps behind Freection have (clearly) spent a lot of time mulling over the dangers of existing flat pedals and the threat they pose to both your legs, and others. And they came up with this; It’s a pedal that the company calls the Freection (best pronounced with a Maxwell Smart-style Italian accent). Basically what it does is invert the standard pedal design. The pedal uses a steel spindle and axle-supporting bearings as normal, as well as an alloy body. But rather than machine in a textured surface into the alloy pedal body, the Freection pedal wraps it with a sticky Vibram rubber panel on each side. At this point, you can use the Freection pedal with regular shoes for urban and casual riding. But what about mountain biking?
Well, that’s where things get interesting. Without pins on the pedal body, the Freection system allows you to drill pins into the soles of your shoes. Yes, it’s as simple as that. Want more traction? Just screw more pins into the base of your shoes. Need less traction? Errm…remove some of the pins we guess?
Just don’t forget to take your shoes off before you turn up to your Aunty’s house with the new polished floorboards… Anywho, this really does seem like a product that’s oriented more towards the commuter market. The platform doesn’t look particularly big, and crucially, it’s convex in shape. But then again, the below video from Freection has some sweet trail-shredding action in it, so who are we to argue? Wanna learn more about it? Head to the Freection Kickstarter page. Want David Hayward to review a set of these just like the MagLock Pedals that ruined his love for mountain biking? Give us your vote in the comments section below!
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