How we view Footpegs
We felt like the market was missing a footpeg option and this is what we came up with. Over a period of 2 years, we developed a system that we feel is a great option for those riders that want something a little different than what the current market has to offer.
Here is how the designing of the system worked with our process. To design a good platform you have to start with the boot. So, pretty much all modern MX-style boots have a heel in them. We kinda feel like the heel in boots is unnecessary for standing bike applications (dirt bikes) and boots would have better grip and comfort with no heel and a flat wedge design. This would ensure all standing foot positions are comfortable and have maximum grip. The heel serves a limited purpose while standing other than keeping up with the tradition of all boots having a heel in them.
So with that being said, 99% of all boots sold have a heel in them and we can't change that so we designed different-sized platforms instead. We find that the heel can sometimes get in the way when sliding forward with small boot sizing, Mainly on the brake side. We also think it's fine to mix and match platform sizes since your right foot performs a different control task than your left foot.
It is personal comfort and if someone rides with a trials style wedge sole then there are no real restrictions on platform size. Most of the time simply adjusting your brake and shift lever heights can solve any comfort issues but we also know that a lot of riders never touch these controls which is a shame.
Just like the suspension on your bike it allows the bike to move independently from the Tires for maximum grip and feel. Most of the time the rider is trying to counter what the bike is doing. If the bike moves up and back the rider will need to move forward and down to counter this motion and vice versa.
The rotation in the footpeg moves with your body's motion and not your bike's. This makes it easier and more efficient to counter your bike's movements and stay balanced and online.
The small platform should not require any real adjustment of the controls (closer to stock size) but as you move up in size we recommend adjusting your controls.
We view platforms more like the sole of a boot. They are durable and tough but should be dynamic and have some flex and forgiveness. Eventually, they wear out and you put new ones on. The comfort, grip, and anti-vibration, and low friction benefits outweigh the fact that they are a wear item. Platforms fall into the category of tires, handgrips, boots, gloves, brake pads, and so on. You could make all these items out of steel so they would last forever but the benefits would not outweigh the ones that cause them to wear out have to offer.
"You wouldn't want a metal boot sole just because they would last forever because that benefit would not outweigh the ones of a rubber sole."
We understand that this is a total shift in what the market currently offers. That being said, we are in no way anti-fixed or metal platforms. We just want to give the consumer another option.
In the Spring of 2023 we will release our metal and rigidly mounted platforms. Our mounts will be able to do it all.
The bushing act like the suspension on your bike. With bushings, there are a couple of things to think about. The more firm the bushing the more durable and longer it will last. We use a durometer. A hardness scale 0 being the softest and 100 being the hardest. We don't go below a80 because we find that durability isn't great below this but have tested as low as a60 bushings. A bigger person that rides enduro-style terrain might want an a96 or a98 rated bushing. A lighter person might want the opposite but in the end, it comes down to personal preference.
We put an a80 and a90 bushing on all new mount setups so people can get a good feel of both. The bushings are high quality yet inexpensive (we achieve this because we use skateboard bushings that are already developed and produced in massive quantities around the world) and a wear item designed to be replaced each season or depending on how hard or often someone rides.
Bushings help accomplish 2 things. 1- they absorb shock and vibration, taking pressure off of your ankles and legs. 2- they provide feedback and resistance as you operate your controls. They make the whole system work and provide a responsive and controlled movement.