Nikola Zivo pedals First Look

Innovative units claim to shave 2mins off a 40km bike leg, thanks to greater comfort and power from 25mm of lateral motion

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The brainchild of Ohio-based engineer Nick Stevovich, the USP of the Nikola pedal is that it moves 25mm laterally with the goal of improving comfort, efficiency and power.

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The theory is that the side-to-side movement will mimic the motion of a speed skater, recruiting more muscles into the pedal motion.  

Early lab results are good, with a Cleveland State University study revealing that 70% of riders showed a 2% efficiency improvement and 7% more peak power, translating to a 2:15mins reduction over a 40km bike leg. 

It’s certainly a unique take on pedal design and one we’ll be putting to the test soon. More info from www.nikolainnovation.com.

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