The Azonic Switchback – a new slant on the premium flat pedal

How much?! For a pair of flats?! These new Azonic Switchback pedals will set you back a whopping US$300 / £175. While we’ve seen pricey pedals before from ‘boutique’ brands like Burgtec (the awesomely-named and near-indestructible Penthouse Flats), it’s a bold move for Azonic – the component arm of O’Neal – to pitch at this pricepoint.

You’d expect something special for that outlay, so what do you get? Titanium axles go some way to explaining the cost, and the Switchbacks have an unusual feature we haven’t come across on other pedals – angled pins, designed to increase grip. Check out the photos to find out more.

These are the top-end, Ti-axled Azonic Switchbacks – chromo-spindled versions are available for half the price. Picture by James Costley-White

These are the top-end, Ti-axled Switchbacks – chromo-spindled versions are available for half the price

Along with the small platform size, the Ti axles help keep weight down to around 430g/pair. Picture by James Costley-White

Along with the small platform size, the Ti axles help keep weight down to around 430g/pair

The Switchbacks spin on sealed bearings, and come with a choice of ‘Fatty’ or ‘Micro’ pins. Picture by James Costley-White

The Switchbacks spin on sealed bearings, and come with a choice of ‘Fatty’ or ‘Micro’ pins

On all other flats we've tried, the pins point straight up – but not on the Azonics. Picture by James Costley-White

On all other flats we’ve tried, the pins point straight up – but not on the Azonics

Here, the front pins are angled backwards and the rear pins are angled forwards, to increase grip. Picture by James Costley-White

Here, the front pins are angled backwards and the rear pins are angled forwards, to increase grip

More info at www.azonicusa.com / www.shop.flidistribution.co.uk (UK).