At the outdoor demo at Interbike, a few people got up close and personal with these trick FlyPaper pedals, and the level of buzz building around these is amazing. The designer, posting by the tag of “Bike Doc” on the mtbr.com forums, has released some further details on the pedals, and it sounds like he’s on to something. The super-thin design has two key claimed advantages: lowering the rider’s center of gravity, and increasing clearance to make snagging a pedal in a rock garden that much less likely. The pedals are claimed to be among the lightest flats out there, with the prototype weighing in at 405 grams, and the production pedal is expected to shave some weight from that figure.
The biggest reservation that we would have about the pedals is their durability. By pushing the bearings so far in towards the crank, the amount of leverage on them would be hugely increased. The bearings on the FlyPaper pedals have apparently been beefed up significantly to handle this extra load, but until we get a chance to thrash a pair for a few months, we’ll reserve judgement.