Klein reimagines the Pedal/Shoe Interface

September 4, 2015

Unique interlocking pedal/shoe design- will it fly?

Honeycomb Interface
Appealing straightforward

No, not that Klein.  Fresh from Kickstarter, we have an interesting (as-yet unnamed) pedal/shoe concept.  Consisting of a honeycomb-shaped pedal and mating shoe sole, what we’ll call the “Honeycomb” is said to provide the best of both flat and clipless pedal systems.

From pixels to pedals
From pixels to pedals

The Honeycomb design was born of it inventor Max Klein’s desire for increased on-pedal security with the option to quickly bail if needed.  Simplicity appears to be the Honeycomb’s greatest asset- the concept is readily understood and there are no moving parts beyond the pedal spindle.  The lack of aggressive traction pins should reduce the severity of any pedal-shin impact.

The pedal appears as though it would readily shed mud- and the mating lugs’s shape is said to have been optimised to do the same.  The Honeycomb’s individual hexagons look to be approximately 1in across, however, ruling out fine foot position or angle adjustments- and the hexagonal arrangement means that a shift directly forward or back would require the foot to move a full 2in.  For his part, Klein cites Bikejames’ (James Wilson’s) Flat Pedal Revolution Manifesto to support the Honeycomb’s lack of float or adjustability.

Not bad looking kicks.
Not bad looking kicks.

Currently coming in shy of a $35,000 goal on Kickstarter, the Honeycomb could close the gap with roughly ninety $199 (£131) shoes and pedal combinations. The ask may price the project out of reach of the commuters mentioned as a possible market- but it’s hard not to see the price coming down significantly if the patented design is adopted by a major manufacturer – and the price has just been lowered on Kickstarter too.

So what say you all?  Does the Honeycomb look like a sweet solution- or is it one for the birds bees?

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