Love it or hate, a new revolution is here. Plastic pegs are everywhere and there’s no doubt that it’s opened up a wide range of new possibilities in the way people grind. Riders can execute a smoother and more controlled style of grinding now. However the plastic pegs does wear thin, so to speak. Here at Eclat we co designed the Nathan Williams Steel/Nylon peg with the man himself in order to create something much stronger and more solid than before, and without a rotating sleeve.
After a lot of discussion we decided that we didn’t want to go down the Alloy/plastic sleeve peg route. The main thought behind this was in terms of the rider, and usability of the product. When out riding if you burn through a plastic sleeve in a grind and you’ve not got any with you, that sleeve isn’t going to stay on a second longer. And grinding on alloy you run the risk of denting the peg and then never getting another sleeve on it, so you’ve got to buy the whole thing all over again.
It was from here we started thinking of how could we make a tougher more durable and longer lasting plastic peg. We decided on using a steel/nylon construction for a couple of good reasons, namely steel is cheaper and much stronger for the same thickness of alloy. We also applied a liquid heat treatment to the CRMO steel for maximum strength and minimal weight.
To improve the life span and overall durability we came up with the idea that the plastic could actually encapsulate the steel so that the two are really bound together. We achieved this by using small holes in the steel core that allows the injected plastic to flow in and around the steel. The result of all this effort was a peg that could grind down to steel, then simply get rotated and grinded again. The final step was to perfect the compound of the Nylon and fibreglass to get a peg that wasn’t too hard that it got brittle and snapped easily, nor too soft that it would grind through in a second.