Improving Efficiency on the Bike with Pedal Selection
With new and improved products coming out every year in the cycling industry, we like to use the technology we have on hand in the 3D fit lab and wind tunnel to dive in and test how some of these products perform for their intended use. The Edco 3AX pedals that we tested can enhance rider comfort, increase power output through improved biomechanics, as well as improving knee health. At Faster, we understand that every person is unique, so what works for one person, might not have the same exact result for another rider. However, after seeing many test candidates, you can get a general idea of what a particular product might do for that rider.
This past year, Edco came out with the new 3AX pedal that was a 2016 Eurobike award winner for innovation. What exactly does the Edco 3AX pedal do that no other pedal does? It allows your feet to sway on the axle a few degrees in an arc. It self aligns whether your feet pronate or if you have a neutral foot. This allows for improved biomechanics for a more natural knee, hip, foot alignment during the entire pedal stroke. From a fitting, performance, and healthy knee perspective, this is a very exciting innovation!
We decided to put the Edco 3AX pedals to the test to see what we could find. Melissa Ross (pictured), tested out the pedals on her bike for a couple of weeks and came into the Faster 3D fitting studio to see how the 3AX measured up against her previous pedals, the Look Keos.
After tracking Melissa’s pedaling efficiency with both pedal systems, fitting guru, Jake Grantham determined that the Edco 3AX gave Melissa a 5 mm linear correction on her left knee. With more time on the Edco pedals, more adaptation would allow for the muscle memory to add even more of a positive linear correction of Melissa’s left knee.
So, what does a linear knee correction mean in practical terms? Think about how you would put pressure on a wrench. If your arm was pushing at a slight angle, your force would be diverted. So by making the arm more linear (perpendicular), you are able to drive more force into the wrench. Same thing goes with your pedals and crank arm. The linear correction to Melissa’s knee means she will be more efficient with both legs in her pedaling and allow for improved power transfer on the bike!
If you have questions concerning your bike fit, please give us a call at 480-970-1300 or email Jake: firstname.lastname@example.org.