Reviews and Testimonials
"The Catalyst changed my view on flat pedals by making it feel as if I had more power, better balance, and the ability to maintain my form for longer periods of time during sustained physical efforts."
"Once comfortable with the larger platform and slight shift of foot placement, we found the pedals to provide a great transfer of power, more balance, and increased stability over long sections of trail. Moving the bike around, manuals, jumping, etc. were the same as usual and possibly even easier to execute."
"Having size nine feet, I’ve never really felt the need for extra support from any flat pedal… at least until I tried the Catalyst. It’s instantly noticeable that your foot doesn’t wrap around the pedal to the same degree, and there aren’t any hotspots on the soles of your feet."
"With the largest platform on the market that provides for arch support giving you improved power to the cranks, stability, balance & pedaling efficiency all round. These are the Daddy of flat pedals! 9.5 / 10."
“In June of 2016 I did a “first impressions” video on my thoughts of the Catalyst Pedal by Pedaling Innovations. At the time I was a bit skeptical about some of the claims behind these pedals but after spending a considerable amount of time riding on them in a few different disciples (XC, AM, and DH) I’m convinced that they are the real deal.”
“My overall take on the Pedaling Innovation Catalyst pedals is that they offer more control over traditional flat pedals….The biggest benefit to the Catalyst pedal is that it helped reduce my knee pain…”
“The logic certainly makes sense. And while there will no doubt be those who will debate the science behind the design, once you put these pedals on your bike, it’s pretty hard to argue with the results. While I completely acknowledge the possibility of the placebo effect, there was no denying the difference in my riding from the moment I started using the Catalyst pedals.
It wasn’t just that I felt like I had more power to get over especially technical elements on tough ascents, I also had a more stable base that resulted in significantly more control through berms and on rocky descents. Did my feet come off the pedals? Yes. But not nearly as much as they did with traditional flat pedals. And, the more time I spent on the pedals, the less that happened as well.”
“All things considered, I think Catalyst Pedals represent the best option for maximizing the cycling experience while preserving natural foot health. They help improve pedaling efficiency, build a more powerful pedal stroke, improve foot comfort and stability, and reduce wear and tear on the lower body joints. Using Catalyst Pedals is also fun and liberating. And with a 30-day money back guarantee, you can put them to the test and compare them side by side with your other pedals before committing to them for good. Catalyst Pedals are a true cycling innovation and a product that you can use to enjoy a long and enjoyable cycling career.”
“Catalyst’s do make you pedal more efficient and the added comfort and stability is a great bonus as well. They are just fun, you don’t really have to care where you place your foot after slashing a berm with your foot out.
“The difference was immediately noticeable. Putting all of my weight on the Catalyst pedals felt just like standing a wood floor. By comparison, the combination of flexible shoes and conventional pedals felt like I was wrapping my feet around the rungs of a ladder.”
“The power difference was amazing. Really amazing. I think in the first week I got eight different Strava PB times, I found myself climbing hills up one or two gears, and on one hill climb even broke a chain.
I like the ankle action they give, and most importantly my knee pain is absolutely gone! In fact, I went back to another bike with normal flats, and with a 20km ride, my knee pain came back. For me, these pedals really work!”
"The improvement given by the Catalyst Pedals has been huge. The flat position of the foot on the pedal gives a greatly increased grip, no need for central pins, the surface of the shoe was always glued to the pedal, even when riding with flip-flops or crocs-style shoes."
"Using the pedals with my foot placement where I’d normally put them on the Catalysts felt good with a bit more support for my feet. The extra pedal size is on the length with the width being very similar to my existing pedals so there were no issues with more pedal strike or anything like that."
"All in all, I’ve been very impressed by Pedalling Innovations concept. It’s definitely got legs in it - indeed, I’m pretty much a convert to this oversize concept - but the design of the Catalyst pedal itself needs a bit of work before it’ll really be able to convert the masses."
"To make sure it wasn’t a placebo effect, when we got about two thirds of the way around the loop, I swapped the Catalysts out for some favourite flats. As soon as I stood up on them, my calves and quads tensed up, starting to burn. On the remaining climbs, I found that even without the extra support, I unconsciously moved my feet forward on the pedals to reproduce the Catalyst climbing position, and it was more comfortable. After 45 miles, I even had stamina to clean some technical climb sections that I normally struggle with."
Overall I really like this set of flats and they will become my go-to setup when I want to run a flat pedal setup. The weight is really good for the size and materials and the grip of the pedals keep your foot glued to the platform. The small negatives really do not outweigh the efficiency and power I felt out of the setup in comparison with other flat pedals I have ridden.