• Solid platform
• Removable grip pins
• Minimalistic yet sturdy
• Spring tension might be too tight for
Your pedals are arguably the most
important contact point between you and
your bike, and HT has been helping big
names like Aaron Gwin reach the podium
with its extensive line of off-road pedals for
years. Originally, HT introduced the X1 for
downhill racing, but in 2016 HT released
the T1, designed specifically for enduro and
all-mountain riding. We put the T1 pedals
through some extensive testing over the
last year, riding trails from Italy to British
Columbia and enduro to downhill to see just
how versatile the new HT pedals are.
Tech info: HT offers pedals ranging
from flats to cross-country race pedals.
The T1 fills the gap between the downhill
and XC categories. It is designed for enduro
riding with a minimalist body for added
protection and removable grip pins. The T1
has an aluminum body and chromoly spindle and sports HT’s EVO+ bearing system.
The height of the pins can be adjusted, or
the pins can be removed if riders don’t feel
like they need the extra traction.
The T1s use an exclusive HT-style cleat
and engagement, with a plate and bar
anchoring the cleat into the pedal once
engaged. There is plenty of spring tension
adjustment to keep riders firmly planted
in the pedals or to allow them to get out
quickly in a panic. Our pair of test pedals
weighed 367 grams and retails for $135.
The pedals come with cleats and extra
On the trail: These have been the go-to
pedals for a few of our tester riders this
year. The body has a minimalist yet burly
shape that assured us we would have plenty of protection in the event of rock strikes.
We installed the cleats on a couple pairs of
shoes all with rubber soles. It’s important
to note that the T1 pedals are not made to
be used with carbon soles. Right away our
testers noticed the snug spring tension,
even with the tension backed out. It took
a little getting used to, but after a few
rides we appreciated the firm engagement.
Despite the firm locked-in feeling, the
cleats offered plenty of float and didn’t
cause any unwanted knee or hip pain.
On the trail our test riders felt confident
and stable, with the sturdy platform and
Durable and burly: The HT T1 pedal was made for
the gnarly sections of trail and hard riding when rock
strikes will be a common occurrence. The aluminum body
and removable pins make this pedal incredibly versatile.
HT T1 ENDURO
PEDALS Something burly for the trail
pins holding our feet in place. We rode
everything from all-mountain to downhill
and never felt like we exceeded the limits
of the T1. Over rocky and rooted sections
of trail the T1 gave us plenty of protection
and absorbed significant strikes against
obstacles. On long climbs the bearings
spun smoothly, making for an efficient ride.
We did feel a little play in the bearings over
time, but given the amount of abuse we put
the T1s through, we were pleased they held
up as well as they did. ❏