IB13: Prototype Flat Pedal from Tioga

Tioga Zero Axle SF-PROOn display at Interbike, Tioga had a set of prototype flats which closely resembled their exiting ultra-thin MT-ZERO pedals. No one said much at the booth but a sign next to the pedals put the weight at 570 grams. That weight is not particularly impressive in today’s weight conscious market but that’s the price you pay to run the thinnest pedals currently available.

When the company developed the MT-Zero pedals, they wanted the thinnest pedal they could design, so they removed the axle from its  traditional location down the center of the pedal body, and replaced the entire system with one extremely beefy oversized bearing. The end result is a crepe thin dual concave design that measures 7mm at its widest and trails down to 4mm at its center. Because of how thin the MT-Zero pedal is, Tioga also had to spec a steel pedal body to ensure the MT-Zeros could endure a beat down,  and even then they’re not rated for freeride or DH abuse.

From what we gather, this new set of proto pedals is a refresh of the original. While the MT-Zero pedals (which retail for a $100) have 5 sets of pins per side, this new pedal ups the ante by 3. That’s 8 pins a side for a total of 16. The new proto also appears to have a redesigned pedal body which hugs the ZEROaxle bearing enclose better in order to reduce the Q-factor.

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Comments

Rob - 09/27/13 - 5:25am

I don’t really understand the reason for a thin pedal like this.

The whole idea of a normal platform pedal is that it’s a rhombus, so that if your foot comes down onto the pedal onto it’s narrow side it will spin one way so that your foot is on the top of the pedal.

With these thin pedals that’s not going to happen, or at least I would be surprised if it was.

Also, more likely to snap I would imagine.

Craig - 09/27/13 - 6:59am

I’m not sure i see the point in an incredibly heavy flat pedal that isn’t rated for freeride or downhill. Seems that would remove a huge chunk of the flat pedal market these could be sold to?!

Especially as low profile pedals are more relevant to DH bikes with lots of travel and low bottom bracket heights.

Seems like Tioga have kinda missed the point.

Hancock - 09/27/13 - 7:43am

The MTZero is a death trap, I don’t understand how it is still on sale.
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Bearings coming unstuck from their seats, snapping pedal castings, stripping crank threads, bending platforms, snapping body retaining bolts, you name it. More pins is clearly the solution to all those problems.

Volcano - 09/27/13 - 8:43am

“design that measures 7mm at it’s widest”

Enough with the apostrophe abuse already. I can’t take it any more. “Its” is the possessive form, as it should be above. “It’s” is the contracted form, meaning “it is” as in “it’s not complicated.”

Thanks for the great reporting guys!

Saris - 09/27/13 - 3:10pm

Sorry to make you blow @Volcano. Fixed the it’s.

P.s. I’m blaming auto-correct but will be more mindful in the future.

Frank - 09/27/13 - 5:02pm

Thin is great, and light weight is appreciated, but I rate a nice grippy, comfortable concave surface, a sturdy axle, and reliable bearings as the most important features when evaluating flats. By that measure, I haven’t found any boutique pedals that I prefer to the (admittedly kinda ugly) Shimano MX-80s.

MissedThePoint - 09/27/13 - 5:34pm

Looking forward to when the big guys start shelling out the money to delve into non-standard crank pedal interfaces. Would like to see what they come up with.

Shanghaied - 09/27/13 - 7:11pm

“[And] even then they’re not rated for freeride or DH abuse”. So it’s aimed at the super-niche-flat-pedal-weight-isn’t-a-issue-casual-XC market then?

Also wondering what kind of bearings they got sitting in the pedals, since ordinary cartridge bearings are not exactly known for their ability to handling side-loads, and with just one bearing per pedal there is going to be a LOT of side-load.

Arne Boberg - 10/30/13 - 11:34pm

I agree with Hancock – I don’t know why these pedals are still on sale. A single cassette ball bearing is not designed to undergo a twist load – they are designed to be used in pairs. The bearings will lunch in just a few rides. Also, I’m very curious to see what they have tried to patent – I can’t seem to find their patent-pending anywhere.

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