This started as a 2D pattern, then it evolved into a 3D structure with a purpose. An exploration of potential in its own right. Let’s see where it leads. Well it involves riding bikes so if it leads nowhere it is alright too and it was time well spent. But with the right design process actually all time is used efficiently.
Some things start with a specific brief, some start with a random discovery. And some start with just a feeling something might work. I had the feeling that a hexagonal honeycomb pattern might be great for a bike pedal. It is a mixture of curiosity and intuition. The first models started to look good immediately so the idea grew quickly and now there are several rideable prototypes tested and further development is under way.
Material will be removed to perfectly balance strength and weight.
Clarity of mission
The hex pedal’s mission is very clear. It needs to be just as good as other pedals at similar price point or better otherwise it has no reason to be. While doing that it needs to look different and bring at least one or two good innovations on the side of the manufacturing or the user experience – ideally both. Then you have a potentially good product. Some of these goals are already getting reached with this first prototype phase, more will come in the next evolution steps.
The surfaces are concave.
Metal will be the best choice for this design.
The symmetric hexagonal pattern gives it an unmistakeable silhouette.
Visually characteristic & superbly functional
The test pedals show immense grip and sort of disappear under feet which is what you want. The openings shed mud quite well. 8 pins is not bad, 10 might be better. The thickness needs to be reduced to get the foot closer to the axis of the pedal which feels the most planted.
The axis rotates on a sealed ball bearing and an Igus™ self-lubricating plastic sleeve.