Video: Specialized Prototype Pedals

Jason Chamberlain had some spare time at Specialized and has created a new flat pedal for the Specialized Monster Energy Team. Check inside for a video run through of some of the design features and benefits.

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Details:

  • Currently prototype is estimated at ~500g
  • Pins are replaceable (additional pin storage built into sides of pedal)
  • Uses cartridge bearing on the axle end and needle bearings on the outside
  • Thin – 10mm
  • Multiple pin options are being tested still
  • Price – TBD
  • Date – TBD

I got a chance to take these pedals for a day and a few runs on them. Size wise these pedals are pretty close to the same size as Point One’s if you are familiar with their pedal size. The Specialized pins are robustly designed and the pedals have a secure feel to them. Not a ton of areas for mud to sit on this pedal, as it has a good amount of big pockets instead of small crevices.

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The pins are shaped like an hour glass at the top so additional grip is apparent as they dig in nicely. The pin’s are easily removable. To bend one of them would certainly take quite an impact but would easily be replaceable with this design.

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The connection point near the crank arm is also designed in such a way that it facilitates easy location of the pedal. You can easily find the pedal once you remove your foot.

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The pins can be removed to customize the feel of the pedals. Initially I ran the pedals with all the pins in there but took out the center two pins after awhile and liked them better this way. There is a pin that holds the needle bearing cover closed so removing that pin will require a pin without the top to secure it close. Jason mentioned that they have pins to do this, which I feel would improve the feel from my own personal preference. You’d get more weight on the pins that remain and sit deeper in the pedal so to speak.

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They’re working on other models too by the sounds of it so an XC/Trail version probably isn’t too far from the realm of possibilities. Ti Axle option as well I’d wager.

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