Something burly for the trail

htDurable 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.

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 pins.

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 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.



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