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The story about the SABLONA – how it all began


The source and origin of this D-I-Y tool for the shoe cleats is bikefitting

From the routine work as a bikefitter the desire for precision and accuracy has obviously highly developed. From hundrets of customer`s cycling shoes only some had orientation imprints. Unfortunately these lines on the shoe soles were unsymmetrically and therefore somehow misleading.

Like any saddle selection the position of the shoes is a very delicate and demanding issue – at least for those cyclists who are very sensitive and put anything into question.


No existing tools weren`t satisfying our demands. The next step was designing the idea of a helping device


Like a drilling template which is used at ski shops for the perfect alignment of the binding on both skis, there is nothing comparable for cycling shoes and it`s pedals.
Due to higher risks of falling there is maybe more expectation for precision and safety issues in ski bindings than in cycling pedals. In the ski industry the shop or the rental place have special drilling templates and with the middle of a shoe which matches the middle of the ski there are some orientation points to serve the demands for technical inspections, safety regulations and insurance companies.

In cycling nothing like this exists.


Different pedal concepts with different spindle lenghts


As far as the consumer knows there are existing standard axle lenghts and shorter or/ and longer axles. There is no single standard-lenght which is used by all pedal manufacturers. Each brand has its own standard lenght.
From the customers point of view there is a huge variety out of which he can chose to fullfill his needs.



Concepting and testing


Once the decision of developing a cleat adjustment device was born any available material was used for creating protypes.
The goal was always clear, but the way to this very end product was a long and constructive one.
The final material and design had to be transparent so Corona visors, which were used at the very beginning of the COVID-pandemy were the first attempts to gain something tactile. With overhead transparencies especially the colors and cutouts were a little easier to create. With common cardboard which had to be doubled or tripled the outline of the cleat cutout could be easily tested. All available cleat colors have been put on and off a cycling shoe, also a device with all these cleats was made.



Testing and proving the template


The first presentable prototype which was now called “Sablona” has been sent to the Eurobike Award Competition, where it reached the finals.

One size fits all was one main goal to serve the red, blue, yellow, black and grey cleat. For the mtb cleat a 3D version was necessary, due to the recessed cleat under the sole-level. This should be realized by watching childrens plays. Like a module or building block it should fit and hold in its desired place. Later it was called “cookie-cutter”.




Building and shaping


The final product should fullfill the demands of any cyclist who wants to pedal effectively. Therefore every markup and line had to be in the right place. The credo is still the same:
As much as necessary, as little as possible



We don`t want you to ride with bad performance!