Hope are a UK brand known for their beautifully machined components and anodised colours, and the F22 flat pedals are no exception. They replace the F20 pedals in the line-up, which are the reigning champions of our flat pedal group test. Can they build on that success?
Weighing in at just 352 g for the pair, the Hope F22 are the lightest aluminium flat pedals on test, and they’re lighter than many composite pedals. Despite the large platforms and measuring 17 mm tall, they feature a svelte and slender design. That said, they don’t have that wow effect that their predecessors, the F20 pedals, had. The 11 pins screw in from below and above. At the front and rear, you get 3 mm hexagonal pins that screw into the pedals from below, which can be adjusted with the included spacers. The inside and outside pins screw in from above. Although you can’t adjust the length of these pins, they can still be easily removed if damaged since they feature hexagonal bases. Since these pins are slightly shorter, they emphasise the concave shape of the platforms. The internals of the € 180.00 pedals have been carried over from their predecessors, which means they rely on three cartridge bearings and one IGUS bushing, and they’re sealed internally and externally.
The Hope F22 pedals on the trail
On the trail, the F22 pedals offer a nicely defined footing. Thanks to the concave platforms and the differing length pins, finding the right position for your feet feels intuitive. They offer more grip than their predecessors – even with the spacers under the pins. In this configuration, the grip is comparable to that of the Crankbrothers. It’s only when you remove the spacers that the Hope pedals come close to the grip offered by the Nukeproof and Chromag models. So, if you prefer riding flowing, easy trails, we’d recommend using the spacers. That way, you can still shift your feet without any problems. However, if you like your trails rough, you’ll be better off removing the spacers to get maximum grip on the pedals. Due to their open design, the F22 pedals are good at shedding dirt, and you shouldn’t have any issues with sticky mud.
The Hope F22 pedals replace the old F20s, though they’ve been designed from the ground up. They don’t look quite as extravagant as the old model, but the F22s are still packed with clever features. Despite the outside pins that screw in from above, they can still be removed once damaged thanks to the hexagonal bases. The pedals offer excellent grip on the trail, they’re good at self-cleaning, and the pin length can be adjusted to suit your preferences.
- super light
- adjustable pin length
- easily replaceable pins
- don’t look as fancy as the previous model
- not the grippiest
You can find out more about at hopetech.com
Click here for an overview: The best pedals for mountain bikers
all pedals in Review: Acros Clipless Pedal | Crankbrothers Mallet E LS | Hope Union | HT T2 | Shimano XT PD-M8120 | TIME SPECIALE 12 | Chromag Dagga | Crankbrothers Stamp 7 | Hope F22 | Look Trail Fusion | Nukeproof Horizon Pro Sam Hill | OneUp Composite Pedal | Race Face Atlas | Sixpack Kamikaze RA | SQ Lab 50X | Tatze Link Composite |
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Words: Simon Kohler Photos: Jan Richter