I gotta say, that’s one nice looking clipless pedal.
The designer, Sam Hunter of Ogden, says he created this pedal with “Infinite Engagement Positions” because of the problem of engaging the cleats when the pedals aren’t aligned just right. The pedal appears to have a spiral mechanism; the cleat slides into that no matter the pedal position. Hunter claims this allows super quick and easy engagement of cleat to pedal.
I don’t have this problem — I quickly pop my cleats in on the upstroke; the first thing I see with this pedal is hotfoot, but your mileage may vary.
A part of me wonders if this might infringe on Cranks Brothers’ patent for their Eggbeater pedals. Pedal spindles are also one of those things that are more difficult to design than you might think, even with with field testing on Utah singletrack. The 236 grams claimed for both pedals, cleats and hardware makes me a little bit nervous.
In any case, I really like this design. Hunter already has $40,000 in pledges for this Kickstarter project, taking him nearly halfway to his $85,000 goal with 50 days to go, so plenty of people obviously see the need for this solution.