Hope Technology F20 Flat Pedals 2016 Mountain Bike Review

Hope Technology F20 Flat Pedals 2016

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At A Glance

The F20 has been around for a while now, in a typical Hope 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' style. True to form these pedals are CNC machined out of a good solid lump of aluminium giving a ridged finish with a slightly concave shape to the body. The pedals run on three cartridge bearings and one bush all held together with a heat treated and plated Cr-mo axle. The 20 pins are hollow and replaceable and thread through the pedal from the opposite side. As always, multiple colours are available and the final finish and etching is immaculate.

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On The Trail

Once all 20 pins have been installed (you have to do that bit yourself) they are ready to rock, and look like a serious set of weapons. Weighing in at 390g they offer a competitive weight whilst still looking like they can take a beating. Crucially with a set of flat pedals I'm looking for both grip, and durability. With pedals being such a personal preference, it can take a while to get acquainted with a new set, especially with different shoes. I've been running these pedals over the past number of months with a range of shoes, all of which have worked extremely well with the F20, some with more grip than others, depending on the sole. The feel from the pedal is excellent, with a wide platform and slight dish to help keep your foot solid. The pins are long and well spaced providing good traction in all directions though the level of grip is never totally locked in, which I liked, being able to re-position a foot easily. As the pins aren't threaded on the outside, they lack a bit of bite on the rubber, but obviously this means they are easily removable and less prone to damage. Durability has been fantastic, and feeling the pedals after five months of use they feel as good as new. My local trails are very rocky and I've been running the F20s on a low slung enduro bike and picked up plenty of pedal strikes. With my local trails unable to destroy them, they came out with me to both the Megavalanche and EWS La Thuile and still came out running smooth with all pins intact. They could well be indestructible, short of a few scratches and a touch of rounded tops to a couple of pins.

Overall

Although not the grippiest pedals I have used they are not far off, and for me they offered all the traction I needed with a good set of flat shoes. With incredible strength and durability, they can be put to use in the toughest conditions and come out unscathed time and time again. Some may want more grip, but i think these are a nearly perfect set of flat pedals and a great investment.

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By Ewen Turner
Ewen Turner is a self-confessed bike geek from Kendal in the Lake District of England. He runs a coaching and guiding business up there and has a plethora of knowledge about bikes with an analytical approach to testing. His passion for bicycles is infectious, and he’s a ripper on the trails who prefers to fit his working life around his time on the bike.

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