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HT's Fresh Pedals - Core Bike Show 2017

Jan 23, 2017
by Ross Bell  
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PA03A Nylon Flat Pedal

Plastic pedals, or glass reinforced nylon pedals to be more precise, have grown in popularity over the last few years with an increasing volley of manufacturers offering this robust alternative to aluminum in their range. HT's PA03A pedals offer a huge platform bristling with ten replaceable pins, a chromoly axle and come in at a claimed weight of 350g per pair.

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Going down the reinforced nylon route not only allows manufacturers to explore new manufacturing techniques, it also helps keep the price down with this burly and resoundingly large offering coming in at 34.99GBP.

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Don't like black, no problem as the PA03A comes in 8 colors to suit all tastes and persuasions...
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It might be 'budget' but the PA03A has been designed with longevity in mind with fully serviceable innards.

D1 Duo Pedal

If you've always wanted a pedal that was clipless on one side and a regular flat pedal on the other, HT has your back with their new D1 offering. The advantages of such a pedal might not be immediately apparent to many, but considering the soft rubber soles used by many shoe manufacturers for their clipless shoes, why not turn this to your advantage? If you frequent steep and technical trails where being unclipped could be advantageous when negotiating certain sections of trail, the D1's could well be the ticket. While they might not be for everyone, it's great to see a brand like HT offer such a unique product, more commonly found in the commuter market, but designed for the rigors of mountain biking and one we're certainly keen to get into the field for testing.

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With replaceable pins on both sides and retaining the same chassis as the Aaron Gwin approved X2, the D1 is a serious pedal.

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Available in HT's dizzying array of colors, the D1 also comes with the tools needed to keep them spinning like new.
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Weighing in at 338g (pair, claimed weight) and retailing for 101.99GBP, HT's D1 pedals are light and bang on the money too.

MENTIONS: HT Components

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  • 76 1
 Ah, the PA03A. HT sure knows how to come up with catchy, memorable names!
  • 16 0
 @kovaldesign: they stole the best marketer from Wellgo!
  • 18 0
 or, as everybody will call them, "those plastic HT pedals"
  • 3 0
 Transitions COCK n BALLZ will never be beaten!!!
  • 2 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Ya. These Chinese companies that both make a million different pedals, they must just use the product code. If not, wow.
  • 27 11
 Flats for life.
  • 153 0
 I switched to tubeless as I didn't want flats for life...
  • 17 15
 Clips for life!
  • 29 0
 @panchocampbell: Chips for life!
  • 22 0
 @bbeak: chicks for life
  • 2 10
flag VwHarman (Jan 23, 2017 at 6:43) (Below Threshold)
 @panchocampbell: bikes for life!
  • 6 1
 @panchocampbell: Clips for strife!
  • 14 2
 Pornhub for life.....oh wait....
  • 7 7
 Keep that clit happy for a better life with more riding time
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I hear 'happy wife, happy life,' but it loses the strained clip-clit association. Speaking of pedals, there was some pointed criticism of cages in the comments on yesterday's Nukeproof Horizon review, which, distressingly, looks to have been taken down by our host. It was based on a) soles don't contact pins and b) many clipless soles aren't sticky enough to grab cage/pins when unclipped, taking into account obstruction of clipless mech. If this is true, why not use a cageless Time pedal with a sticky clipless shoe? Alternatively, what's wrong with ATAC DH 4?
  • 4 0
 @ceecee: well clit care and entertainment go rather well with happy wife however one must not forget that women have demands in other areas and going for the great attractor directly is not a good strategy. She must feel loved, she must feel that she is right, particularly at times when she suspects that she may actually be wrong. You must be confident and strict with your kids at the same time be kind and loving. Marriage is a constant management of cognitive dissonances... That's some of the stuff I have learned...
  • 4 0
 @WAKIdesigns: 'demands in other areas'... Tushy...
  • 1 1
 @ceecee: It went like this: There's a metal bulge in the middle of the pedal and on the bottom of your shoe. When you're not clipped in, what typically contacts the pedal is the metal clip on the bottom of your shoe, and what typically contacts your foot is the metal bulge in the pedal.
  • 12 4
 Erm - "HT's entry into the nylon pedal market, the PA03A" - They have been making plastic pedals for years and years, infact they were likely the manufacturer that caused the upsurge in popularity as they probably made the pedals for "the volley" of other 'manufacturers' in the first place who just re-brand them.


Poor info from PB or HT? - It reads as if HT are only just going down this route.
  • 7 4
 You may be correct, but when your 'fact' includes the words maybe and probably it doesn't look too good. Which is probably why the downvotes happened.
  • 8 3
 @mgolder: I am not too concerned with 'downvotes', its not a popularity contest or x-factor, is it?

What I don't understand though is how what I have written is a negative statement to some, unless you wrote this article of course.

Simple 'fact' is - HT make pedals for a huge number of brands out there and the plastic pedal was released a long time ago, this is not HT's entry into the market by a long stretch - They are ahead of the curve.
  • 4 6
 @Racer951: Why the dots? Are you seriously using them to portray some kind of anger or confusion at me not replying to you in a manner you deem to be timely? If so, you are a prick.

You seem to have missed the point however. Your original post mentions no facts, as you yourself say 'maybe' and 'probably', which shows that you are not even sure that what you are saying is 100% true. Now suddenly you are. A complete turnaround in one message.
  • 3 5


Reply faster please ....

  • 2 3
 @mgolder: you odd human, it somehow duplicated my post hence the ...

Apologies for not stating fact in a manner you find satisfactory, How could I have stated fact when I was not the author of the article or 100% sure about the exact brands being referred to? Are you arguing because you disagree with what I was saying or just for the sake of it?

Oh, where did that 'downvote' that seems so important to you go? As you were.
  • 3 2
 @Racer951: You odd human? As opposed to an odd what? You odd t-shirt, sock, bar of soap?! You could easily argue that it is odd to have to quantify another person as a human in such a strange manner.

How could you have stated a fact without being the author of the article?

The answer is, by stating a fact. It isn't hard to do, you don't need to be the author of an article to argue a fact you know. If something is a fact then you don't say maybe or probably when talking about it. As it gives the impression that you aren't even sure yourself. It isn't difficult to grasp (well, to you it is seemingly).

As for downvotes, I know, silly me eh, I mean when I commented you had been downvoted by others. And you took instant offence to what was a very simple and innocent comment about why those people may have done that at that point.
  • 1 2
 @Racer951: Oh, and you even ignored the fact I originally said you may well be correct anyway too. Point out someone doesn't sound sure about a fact they state, get bizarre replies about being author of the article and being an odd human.
  • 2 2
 @mgolder: well that response at least backs up the fact that you are indeed an odd human, have a lie down darling.
  • 4 1
 @mgolder: Fact: a hyperlink to other HT nylons is included in the comment. Unless those offerings are newer than the PA03A, which is not yet on HT's site, Racer's observation is valid. Stand down.
  • 2 0
 Maybe the first nylonglass HT's that are actually HT branded and distributed in the US of A? I know a lot of their catalog is/was OEM/overseas only.

They certainly have been making these things for other people for a long time.
  • 3 0
 be careful with these, I purchased a set of the T1s and they had spindle play out of the box, I disassembled them and found some of the internals to be stripped. This had to have happened in the factory as I received them in a faulty state. I emailed HT twice, once with pictures of the stripped internals and never received anything in return, not even a response. For those who were like me, dumb I know, and assumed (super dumb here) this was a small company from the USA trying to make some quality pedals in low volume....wrong, Taiwan at it again
  • 2 0
 at least they are including the required tools with the new product, its always nice to open up some pedals and find out you need a special socket to adjust bearing preload on the spindle
  • 5 0
 Because it's good to have a choice.
  • 2 1
 Finally someone who made a proper spd/flat combination pedal, not just the cheap trekking bike options that shimano offers. Perfect if you have one all round bike; flat pedals for DH trails, but SPD for XC trails or when you're racing.

Even for roadies this is good news. Now you can ride your bike with spd when you go out for a training, but you can still use your bike to ride to work with without having to carry your normal shoes in your backpack.
  • 2 0
 Time is still offering a clip/flat pedal that has been running trouble-free for a long time now….
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure funn do the dual system pedal and have been for a while.
  • 4 0
 Wellgo do the wam-dh10 IMO dual purpose pedals suck, I rather change pedals when needed
  • 1 0
 Thanks for sharing. Didn't know about these. I don't trust Funn at all because their Stiffee forks used to snap like matchsticks and even nevertheless they continued selling them for years (could end up terribly wrong for the customer and they didn't seem to care at all).

Wellgo and Time are good brands though.

Switching pedals is good if you do it every now and then, but switching pedals on a weekly base will eventually probably ruin the threads on your cranks, which are expensive to replace.
  • 1 0
 @Mattin: you are right on that, it will ruin the threads.
The wellgo ones are a decent platform pedal, but is not really thin
  • 2 0
 depends whether the d1 will always flip to one orientation without pressure on it?
  • 1 0
 Good question. It probably will.
  • 1 0
 Now I can give my Shimano AM clips a beating and give my poor 510 Impacts a rest.
  • 2 1
 Flat pedals looks very nice and solid
  • 1 0
 Just like the X2, Impact XVI shoes probably won't work for these pedals
  • 2 0
 Were can I buy these??
  • 1 0
 D1 looks nice.... hope for product review
  • 2 0
 Those nylons look rad
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