LET`S TALK PEDAL!

INTERVIEW //

It is our aim to guarantee you the best possible time on your bike. Reason enough to introduce you to the creative minds behind our products. This is why we had breakfast with enduro racer and engineer Fabian Scholz, who has developed our A-Flat pedals. Fabian prepared a deliciousmespresso with his old La Pavoni machine and over coffee and croissants, we spoke about his career as a racer and engineer and the development process of the A-Flat pedals.

It is our aim to guarantee you the best possible time on your bike. Reason enough to introduce you to the creative minds behind our products. This is why we had breakfast with enduro racer and engineer Fabian Scholz, who has developed our A-Flat pedals. Fabian prepared a deliciousmespresso with his old La Pavoni machine and over coffee and croissants, we spoke about his career as a racer and engineer and the development process of the A-Flat pedals.

Hi Fabian, thanks for having us and taking the time for a short “pedal talk“. For the people who don’t know you, could you please tell us a bit more about your athletic career?

Sure. I started as XC racer but realised pretty quickly that I was stronger downhill, and so I started dual slalom pretty soon. The initial spark was my triumph at the dual slalom hobby junior world championships in 2001. Parallel, I tried downhill, BMX und enduro from time to time. ACROS has already been on board back then as a co-sponsor of the small bike shop that sponsored me. There came a point when I had to take a break from racing but needless to say, I still kept riding my bike. At that time, I also tortured one or another ACROS part for testing purposes.

Cool, so you have been a versatile biker all your life. When did you take the step and started a professional career? Did you stake everything on one card to become a pro?

With the establishment of the Focus Trail Team and the emerging enduro trend, everything came together. Luckily, I could combine my engineering job perfectly with our team activities and therefore did not solely depend on biking — despite all the fun, it was important for me to have a solid foundation.

Hi Fabian, thanks for having us and taking the time for a short “pedal talk“. For the people who don’t know you, could you please tell us a bit more about your athletic career?

Sure. I started as XC racer but realised pretty quickly that I was stronger downhill, and so I started dual slalom pretty soon. The initial spark was my triumph at the dual slalom hobby junior world championships in 2001. Parallel, I tried downhill, BMX und enduro from time to time. ACROS has already been on board back then as a co-sponsor of the small bike shop that sponsored me. There came a point when I had to take a break from racing but needless to say, I still kept riding my bike. At that time, I also tortured one or another ACROS part for testing purposes.

Cool, so you have been a versatile biker all your life. When did you take the step and started a professional career? Did you stake everything on one card to become a pro?

With the establishment of the Focus Trail Team and the emerging enduro trend, everything came together. Luckily, I could combine my engineering job perfectly with our team activities and therefore did not solely depend on biking — despite all the fun, it was important for me to have a solid foundation.

Everything seems to have worked out well for you. In 2015, you claimed the German enduro champions title. ACROS supported the Focus Trail Team, too. How did you get to connect with us, what is your ACROS story?

We have been in contact for a long time because of the sponsoring. After an internship and a couple of holiday jobs, where I was even allowed to fine-tune the legendary ACROS Mamba suspension fork, it got more serious. It was my goal to gain some practical orientation during my studies, and so I got first insights into an engineer’s daily routine.

Ok, so you did not only push yourself on an athletic level. How did you end up working on the A-Flat pedals and how could you contribute your racing experiences?

Back then, my assignment was pretty easy: developing new ACROS pedals. I was very free and could construct the pedals according to my own ideas. Most pedals on the market had a pretty small platform, so the reason for the success was the large footprint, which was providing better bike control. Like this, the pedals known as A-Flat XL were born — the originators of the A-Flat series. In general, you feel if products were developed by pale theoreticians or by people who actually live for their sport. The A-Flat has a very distinctive, characteristic shape. What was the idea behind that? With the large platform, it is important to still have enough freedom of movement so you don’t hit each and every rock. To get the maximum out of this, the edges were bevelled. As well, the pins needed to be easily accessible and well-placed. The pedals’ stability was important too. All of that was incorporated into the design. The A-Flat family was later complemented by the MD as an allrounder and the SL for weight fetishists.

Everything seems to have worked out well for you. In 2015, you claimed the German enduro champions title. ACROS supported the Focus Trail Team, too. How did you get to connect with us, what is your ACROS story?

We have been in contact for a long time because of the sponsoring. After an internship and a couple of holiday jobs, where I was even allowed to fine-tune the legendary ACROS Mamba suspension fork, it got more serious. It was my goal to gain some practical orientation during my studies, and so I got first insights into an engineer’s daily routine.

Ok, so you did not only push yourself on an athletic level. How did you end up working on the A-Flat pedals and how could you contribute your racing experiences?

Back then, my assignment was pretty easy: developing new ACROS pedals. I was very free and could construct the pedals according to my own ideas. Most pedals on the market had a pretty small platform, so the reason for the success was the large footprint, which was providing better bike control. Like this, the pedals known as A-Flat XL were born — the originators of the A-Flat series. In general, you feel if products were developed by pale theoreticians or by people who actually live for their sport. The A-Flat has a very distinctive, characteristic shape. What was the idea behind that? With the large platform, it is important to still have enough freedom of movement so you don’t hit each and every rock. To get the maximum out of this, the edges were bevelled. As well, the pins needed to be easily accessible and well-placed. The pedals’ stability was important too. All of that was incorporated into the design. The A-Flat family was later complemented by the MD as an allrounder and the SL for weight fetishists.

So we talked about the outer design but it’s what’s inside that counts. Please tell us about your thoughts while constructing the axle.

I am not a fan of over-engineering — often, keeping it simple is the better way to do things. In theory, there are seemingly better solutions but they don’t stand the test of practice. That’s why we use established products and rely on a combination of slide bearings and ballbearings. Our solution is sturdy, reliable and on top easy to maintain.

Thank you for the deep insights. It is interesting, which thoughts and ideas go into the development of seemingly simple products like pedals. What are your future goals — both professionally and athletically?

Haha, I am not getting any younger either, so the number of races I will compete in will rather decrease. Professionally, I focus 100% on engineering again. I am happy to work with a bike manufacturer and do not, for example, have to work nine-to-five on a side-view mirror motor at Daimler. It is pretty cool to be able to contribute your own ideas and your passion into a product that you use yourself. But I’m sure there are some interesting bike projects ahead. Not long ago, I went on a “bike-packing“ trip not far from Barcelona. Besides my enduro activities, this was a beautiful thing to do.

Fabian, thanks for taking the time and preparing a delicious espresso. The ACROS team wishes you “happy trails“ and a hand’s width of dirt under your tires.

So we talked about the outer design but it’s what’s inside that counts. Please tell us about your thoughts while constructing the axle.

I am not a fan of over-engineering — often, keeping it simple is the better way to do things. In theory, there are seemingly better solutions but they don’t stand the test of practice. That’s why we use established products and rely on a combination of slide bearings and ballbearings. Our solution is sturdy, reliable and on top easy to maintain.

Thank you for the deep insights. It is interesting, which thoughts and ideas go into the development of seemingly simple products like pedals. What are your future goals — both professionally and athletically?

Haha, I am not getting any younger either, so the number of races I will compete in will rather decrease. Professionally, I focus 100% on engineering again. I am happy to work with a bike manufacturer and do not, for example, have to work nine-to-five on a side-view mirror motor at Daimler. It is pretty cool to be able to contribute your own ideas and your passion into a product that you use yourself. But I’m sure there are some interesting bike projects ahead. Not long ago, I went on a “bike-packing“ trip not far from Barcelona. Besides my enduro activities, this was a beautiful thing to do.

Fabian, thanks for taking the time and preparing a delicious espresso. The ACROS team wishes you “happy trails“ and a hand’s width of dirt under your tires.

DOWN THE TRAILS – LIFE OF FABIAN SCHOLZ

DOWN THE TRAILS – LIFE OF FABIAN SCHOLZ

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