Still, there’s one thing we never really liked: clipless pedals, no matter how many we tried. They all seemed to be designed for a machine, not for humans. At least not for those 96% who have a tendency to tilt their feet.
The evolution of road bikes over the last decades has been really impressive (lighter materials, better bike fitting, improved electronics), and we just felt pedals were lagging. It’s such a crucial part for optimum power transfer, so we set ourselves the goal to build the best pedal possible.
We were very lucky to get more help. One of the members of our test team (thanks, Guido!) introduced us to TSG Group, one of the best engineering companies in the Netherlands. They engineered consumer products like cars, coffee machines and high-end bicycle parts. They know how to bring a product to the market that will be intensively used for years, by millions of people.
We were wondering if 3ax pedals improve leg alignment, with less sideways movement of the knees, and asked the University of Applied Sciences in The Hague to conduct a study. They provided avid cyclists with markers on their knee (1), pedal (2) and bike (3), and filmed them with high speed cameras while cycling. The results were exactly what we hoped for: on average, knees move 17% less sideways with 3ax pedals compared to conventional clipless pedals.
The first foot pressure image shows a measurement with conventional pedals…