Squidworx might sound like a fishing accessories brand, but it is a new entrant in the competitive mountain bike pedal market.
The Canadian company has spent three years developing and perfecting an innovative modular pedal system.
Flat pedal riders can often damage their pedal pins and cages, navigating technical terrain. Repeated rock strikes can cause premature wear and because an aluminium flat pedal is a unitary structure, once a pedal has been knocked out of shape or sufficiently damaged, you need to replace it.
With the Squidworx design, the centre structure of the pedal is aluminium, and its removable outer cages are nylon. Most of the traction pins are secured in these nylon cages, which can be removed and replaced when damaged.
Pins are not treaded into these removable nylon cages, they are slotted and secured, which means there is no thread to ruin.
In terms of core pedal specification, the Squidworx modular flat pedal weighs 400g and its centre structure is forged 6061 aluminium. Pedal dimensions are 108mm by 97mm, with an appealing thin 12mm profile.
There are a total of 14 stainless steel traction pins, with a standard bite height of 4mm, although Squidworx will offer a 5.5mm option too.
For those DIY home mechanics, these pedals roll on oversized bushings with dual outer bearings, which can all easily be extracted for servicing.
Squidworx offers their new flat pedal in 12 different colours, although you can create a huge variety of combinations with the multi-coloured nylon cages.
Pricing is set a $160, which includes a spare cage. Replacement cages are priced at $5 each, which is very reasonable considering how little it could cost you to run these flat pedals hard, for many years to come.