REM is the latest (and maybe greatest?) take on magnetic bike pedals
Although many mountain bikers like the retention offered by "clipless" pedals, others prefer the ease-of-use and wide platform offered by flats. Hustle Bike Labs has attempted to amalgamate the best features of both, in its magnetic REM Pedal.
First of all, these aren't the first pedals we've seen that use magnets to keep the rider's shoes on the pedals.
MagLOCKs, for instance, have 10 neodymium magnets inside each pedal, which are attracted to a steel cleat that's attached to the underside of the shoe. All 10 magnets produce a total attractive force of 40 to 45 lb (20 kg) per pedal, although that force can be reduced by removing some of the magnets. Because the magnets are set flush into the pedal, though, the rider's shoe cleat only fully engages them when their foot is flat against the pedal platform.
magped pedals address this limitation with a design that incorporates just two magnets per pedal (one on each side of the pedal), that are mounted on flexible polymer dampers. As a result, the rider's foot is able to tilt back and forth a bit along with the magnets, relative to the platform. Like the MagLOCKs, these pedals have a maximum attractive force of 45 lb – if the stronger magnets are selected.
Invented by Colorado-based cyclist Craig Payne, the REM Pedal takes a different approach yet. Each one utilizes two neodymium magnets, which are a type of rare earth magnet – or REM for short. Both magnets run all the way through the pedal, combining their force on both sides. And instead of being mounted on dampers, they're built into a nylon composite housing that rotates laterally on the chromoly steel pedal axle, independent of the series aluminum pedal body.
Thanks to this design, each pedal is claimed to produce a whopping lb (58 kg) of attractive force. As is the case with the other magnetic pedals, that force is mainly vertical – the SPD-compatible shoe cleats can be disengaged simply by twisting the foot sideways. Additionally, the REMs can also serve as plain ol' non-magnetic pedals, if the cleats aren't used.
Some of their other features include sealed bearings, and 15 adjustable-height traction pins per side. We're told that the first version of the pedals should tip the scales at around to grams per pair (22 oz), and be priced within the US$ to $ range. A titanium-axle model, to be released later this year, should weigh in at around g (21 oz).
Plans call for the REM Pedal to be officially launched at the Sea Otter Classic mountain bike festival, which takes place in Monterey, California in April.
Source: Hustle Bike Labs via PinkBike
Hustle Bike Labs tease REM magnetic flat pedals for MTB, best of clipless and flats?
Hustle Bike Labs are on the precipice of releasing their REM magnetic flat pedals for mountain biking, combining the the connection of a clipless pedal, with its improved pedalling efficiency, but the freedom of a flat pedal with safer release options. We know very little about these magnetic flat pedals, only the little that can be gleaned from this single image and this interview with founder, Craig Payne. However, they’re about to be officially introduced in less than a month.
Hustle REM magnetic flat pedals
Photo Credit: Outdoor Retailer
What do we actually know?
Hustle say the REM magnetic pedals offer “the ease-of-use and increased contact area of platforms without the issue of slipping off prematurely; and the improved efficiency and stability of clipless without getting “locked in.” The pedal looks a lot more like a traditional flat platform pedal than a clipless pedal, with a CNC-machined platform with nine pins, surrounding the circular magnets at the centre, mounted on what looks to be a polymer base.
The magnets rotate! Photo from Hustle Bike Labs instagram feed. (@hustlebikelabs)
And, if you look closely at the above photo from Hustle’s Instagram feed, you’ll see that the central piece holding the magnets can rotate within the pedal platform. This would be a major difference from other magnetic pedals like the MagLOCK which has a fixed center section with the magnets under a stainless steel plate. Theoretically, this could make the Hustle pedals feel more like a standard clipless pedal, but with easier egress.
What we can’t infer from the photos is just how strong those magnets will be, and what shoe they will be paired with. As far as we know, Hustle Bike Labs haven’t been working on a complimentary shoe, thus we’re assuming it will use a steel cleat like MagLOCK to pair with the REM magnetic flat pedals specifically.
REM magnetic MTB pedals on the trail. Photo from Hustle Bike Labs instagram feed
Most mountain bike riders have a seriously strong preference for either clipless pedals or flat platform pedals, with very few, that I know of, flitting between the two. I personally ride flats but have often considered transitioning to clipless pedals for the improved pedalling efficiency and the fact that you no longer need to worry about where your feet are on the pedals; they’re exactly where they need to be. That is until you crash, and end up in a horrible tangled mess with your bike on top of you; it is my fear of that unfortunate event occurring that has prevented me, and many others, thus far.
REM magnetic flat pedals on the trail. Photo from Hustle Bike Labs instagram feed (@hustlebikelabs)
Founder of Hustle Bike Labs, Craig Payne, was on clipless pedals the day he came a cropper while riding knife-edge single track in Moab Utah, sparking his desire to design the REM magnetic flat pedals. In his words, “I’m riding one of the iconic trails in this magical landscape; my adrenaline was high. The biggest challenge of the ride is just around the corner. The trail is now becoming very narrow. There’s a canyon wall on my left and, on my right, is a cliff…the Colorado River several hundred feet below. I’m riding that thin line between confidence and fear. What happened next nearly killed me. I’m approaching a rock garden too fast, bounce off a boulder, and it causes me to lose my balance. The only way to stay in control is to use my feet. However, I’m clipped into the pedal and cannot release them fast enough. I’m falling, rolling, and now holding onto to a boulder. My legs are hanging over the cliff edge. All of this could have been avoided if I could have quickly released my shoe away from the pedal.”
REM magnetic flat pedals on the BECKS trail. Photo from Hustle Bike Labs instagram feed. (@hustlebikelabs)
At that moment, Craig realized he had a problem that needed to be solved but it wasn’t until later that he realized many other mountain bikers share this pain as well. Now, post R&D, Craig is set to show the Hustle REM magnetic flat pedals for the first time at OR Winter, where Hustle Bike Labs have been listed as finalists for the Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards
Pricing & Availability
No word on pricing, but we’ve heard that the REM magnetic flat pedals will be shipped in Spring, and will be at Sea Otter Classic in April. Hit the link below, bash your email address into the space provided, and wait to be one of the first to hear the juicy details of the magnetic MTB pedals.
Hybrid pedals are a niche in mountain biking and these Sport2s are the latest attempt at magnetizing.
Flat pedals win medals, but clipless is champion for the climbs. The pedal debate will never be settled, despite engineers and product designers attempting to fuse best of best of both – with indifferent results.
To combine the bail-out safety and preloading properties of a flat pedal, with the efficiency and rock garden rolling stability of clips, isn’t easy. The idea of using magnets as a substitute for the cleat interface is not new, but the latest Magped Sport2 pedals promise to avoid many of the design’s potential flaws.
The Austrian pedal brand has been refining its interpretation of a magnetized flat pedal and the Sport2 claims to be a superior hybrid mountain bike pedal.
Read more: the best flat pedals
Magped has made its Sport2 pedals lighter and stronger, shaping to mmx92mm, with a height of 18mm. Pedal weight depends on the magnet strength selected, with Magped claiming a range of to g per pedal.
You ride these Sport2 pedals with conventional clipless SPD shoes, replacing the cleats with a shoe plate, that contacts those powerful neodymium magnets on the pedals. Magped will provide magnets with up to 38kg of pulling strength, making it very unlikely that a rider will get bounced off the pedals, even when rolling at speed through a long rock garden or over a rooty section of trail.
Flat pedal crash safety
The theory is that if you do scorpion, the bike won’t follow you, as your shoes and the Sport2 pedals will separate, in the manner that conventional flats do.
Some of the fundamental issues with magnet pedals remain. These Sport2’s are single-sided and the magnet is mounted in one half of the pedal cage, which could make it counterintuitive to reengage. Magped does market an Enduro style pedal too, which features double-sided magnets.
There are also the issues of debris wearing down the magnetic surface, especially if you ride in muddy conditions, and a lack of traction pins. Whereas a conventional mountain bike flat pedal has ten or more pins per pedal, these Sport2’s only present six.
For those riders who believe in the concept, these Sport2 pedals are now available in dark grey, orange, green and pink, spinning on chromoly axles.
It’s an idea that plenty of us have envisioned and some have surely attempted. Yet I’ve never actually seen a pedal option like this in the wild—or anywhere for that matter. When I first heard about Magped’s Enduro , I was slightly skeptical and definitely curious.
My first thought as I pulled them out of the box was “Dang…This is an aggressive pedal.” It’s quite obvious that these pedals are specifically designed to attack the steep and tech trails. Even though they’re designed in Austria, it was pretty obvious they’d fare well here in the Pacific Northwest. The pedals feature two Mkg+ magnets—one on either side of pedal, with the 20kg indicating that the magnet needs 20kg (or about 45lbs) of pulling force before it lets go. The Enduros are offered with either N magnets, suitable for riders up to lbs, or N magnets, recommended for riders lbs and over.
Coming from clipless pedals, I figured these would offer a middle ground in my transition to flats—or maybe actually to magnets. My hope with the Magpeds was to still have the familiar feeling of being attached to the pedal and the added efficiency while climbing, but also more freedom to float and detach on quick notice.
The setup for the Enduros was simple. I started by installing the thin titanium plate and spacer (compatible with all SPD shoes) to my Giro Chambers. The magnets sit just above the pedal body and the spacers under the plate are used to make sure that the two connect just as the pins hit the sole of your shoe. Magped also recommends that the ball of your foot should be directly over the spindle and that each side of the pedal should have four pins in the front half and two pins in the back half.
With a little tweaking, it’s easy to get the pedals set up just as recommended. Using the SPD tracks, I made sure the plates were in the right position in relation to where the spindle sat under my foot. Next, I made sure the magnet made solid contact with the plate before I adjusted the pins in or out as needed to ensure there was just the right amount of connection. After that, I slapped the pedals on my bike and headed out for the first ride.
It’s important to note that I have been riding clipless pedals for the past decade. Although, I feel like flat pedals would better suit my riding style I just can’t find the same comfort that I do with my feet attached to the bike. With this outlook, I was more than excited to test a new option that might fall somewhere in between our traditional clipless and flat setups.
For the first ride, I decided to get in a lap on Chuckanut mountain, a local favorite with plenty of technical and rooty options. As I climbed the road my feet were glued to the pedals—until I hit the steeps and my instincts from riding SPD pedals kicked in. There were a few times I accidentally ripped my foot off the pedal trying to compensate for a steeper gradient by pulling significantly harder up on the pedals, a technique that I didn’t really realize I was doing. After doing this twice, I started to focus on more consistent pedal strokes, especially when things got a bit steeper. After that, not only did I stop pulling my feet off the pedals but I also felt like I had a little more efficient pedal stroke.
After climbing for nearly an hour, it was finally time to drop in. The very first corner I hit, I immediately felt more support under my foot compared to my normal clipless platform pedal. I also noticed that the magnets allowed for several degrees of twist, giving my feet a little room to dance on the pedals for oncoming obstacles and corners.
As far as releasing from the pedal, it’s easy and just takes a sideways movement of your foot. Even in more critical situations, the pulling force could be overcome in a vertical direction. By far my favorite aspect of the pedal though, was the ability to easily reconnect in a hairy situation.
Every clipless rider knows that terrible feeling of when you can’t quite clip back in as you roll into an already daunting section. With the Magpeds, this was no longer a concern. If I had to pull my foot out for any reason I could easily set it back on the pedal and I was good to go. This was also true for riding in muddy conditions—not only do the titanium plate and pedal have no small crevasses to get mud stuck in, they find each other for you so there’s no last-minute readjusting.
Magped’s Enduro is an amazing third option to pedal standards, and one that seems to combine the best qualities of clipless and flats. Still being attached to the pedal allows me to easily float over rough terrain but the platform allows for amazing support and consistency. I would highly recommend this pedal to any aggressive rider that feels loose on flats but constrained by clipless pedals.
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