I like any parts I run to do three things: not break, look good, and are easy to work on. While a traditional pedal may not necessarily be difficult, carrying a 15mm around (or trying to torque on a 6mm allen key in the pedal boss) isn't really ideal for me. So, the Senec Pedals from Kink have had my interest since the first time I ever saw 'em. They're available now, so I hit up Kink's product designer, Matt Antes, with some questions…
The Senec is a unique design, what separates it from the more traditional pedals?
The Senec pedals have no bearings or bushings, they use a hollow non-tapered spindle and the bodies are right/left side universal.
Where did the Senec name come from?
Haha, we always have a hard time coming up with names for our products, but a bunch of them are inspired by places around Rochester, NY. This one comes from the Seneca Indians, who were/are native to this area.
Pedal body replacement is super easy; was that a major concern or a positive side effect of the new axle design?
Yeah, actually the easy body replacement and being universal came first. That really lead to the bearing-less design and being able to make a much improved spindle design. Ken Wang was our product designer behind this project, and he does a lot of pedal grind tricks which really influenced the initial idea for an easy/cheap body replacement system.
Are there any measurable strength differences between a traditional axle and the one on the Senec?
For sure! 95% of the plastic pedals on the market now use a stock catalog spindle that has been used for the past 10+ years, and are significantly smaller/weaker. Our spindle has a 17mm diameter and is forged from chromoly steel.
What sort of feel were you going for with the pedal body?
Something with a decent platform size, minimal concave and a simple look. We did design a version with knurling, but in the end we didn't feel like it added enough benefit and quite often just packs in dirt anyways.
The process from initial design to production was around three years, what made the process so long?
This was something totally new for us and new for BMX, so we spent a lot of time making sure everything was right. We tested several different materials, greases, refined tolerances, etc. until we were finally content with the end product. We also tested several different revisions of the pedals throughout that entire 3 year period.
How hard is it to work with a manufacturer overseas when producing a not-out-of-catalog product?
It really depends on the product being developed and the manufacturer you're working with. In this case, it wasn't necessary hard but it was a long process until we were satisfied with the final product.
Who all on the team are running the Senecs?
Tony Hamlin, Chad Osburn, Matty Miller, Jacob Cable, Travis Hughes, Jake Petruchik
The Senec is available in black right now, are there more colors in the works?
Black for now and gray coming soon, which will match up with our raw parts color way seen at Interbike.
Price for the Senec Pedals and replacement pedal bodies?
$34.99 and $5.99 for a replacement body.