Pedaling Innovations Catalyst Ride Report
I have had an opportunity to use these Pedaling Innovations Catalyst pedals on trails as well as playing around with general mountain bike skills. I can positively say these pedals made a difference in how I ride.
I can’t be sure it will make a difference to all riders, but as someone with larger feet pedals have always felt small, even the largest flat pedals. These actually fit my feet in a similar manner to how regular pedals fit normal feet. See my previous video for an interesting demonstration on how large these pedals are and how they compare against the size of my foot.
I brought the catalyst pedals with me to Scottsdale Arizona where I rode a trail called the Long Loop at McDowell Preserve which is a fun 14k trails. The long loop is a fast trail with a little bit of tech. The front half is most definitely a green with the back half offering some more interesting terrain.
Feel free to watch the video which has some “live” reactions to the Catalyst Pedals impact to my ride. Let me just say, it was AWESOME.
In the end the pedals simply offered me some advantages over traditional pedals.
I had more foot stability which translated to more control. I was moving my foot less which meant I could stay focused on riding, vs trying to find optimal foot position.
My power was increased due to more engagement from my hips and quads, vs my calves which translated to more speed. This could be achieved for a regular sized rider simply using the mid foot position and a lowered seat post. The science is solid in regards to this, remove the ankle, and utilize more of the larger muscle groups. As an ex power lifter, I approved of this message.
The increased foot stability as well as the larger Catalyst pedal fitting the underside of my foot reduced my foot fatigue. Foot injuries and foot strain occurs often with my feet and it is nice to have a pedal that supports my foot.
I would recommend these pedals to anyone and will likely have a set per bike now.