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.