The HT T2 clipless pedals certainly are eye-catching. Of course, the golden colour plays a part, but the elegant, filigree look also makes them stand out. The Taiwanese brand’s pro team is big, but they’re still very rarely seen on the trails. How do the pedals perform in our group test?

Price € 159.90 | Weight per pair 378 g | System HT | Float 4°/8° |
Release angle 13° | Q-factor 56 mm | Manufacturer’s website

The HT T2 don’t just look slender, they’re damn light, too. No other pedals on test can undercut the HTs at 378 g for the pair, and there is even a version with a titanium axle that weighs less still. For € 159.90 you get a specially developed clipless mechanism that’s spring-loaded on both sides. The spring preload can be adjusted, and if you want to adjust the feeling of the pedals even further you can choose between four different cleats. The 13° release angle is the same for all cleats, but they differ in their float and release hardness. The included X1 and X1F cleats have 4° and 8° float respectively. Optionally, you can get the X2 cleats, which offer 4.5° float and are harder to click in and out. Lastly, there are the X1E cleats, which are multi-release, allowing you to release the cleats by pulling to the side, up, or back. However, we wouldn’t recommend using these as they can make you form a habit of using the wrong technique. There are four pins on each side, but since they’re grub screws that go in from above, replacing them is difficult once they’re caked in dirt or damaged.

The clipless mechanism of the HT pedals sticks up above the cage, providing minimal grip if you aren’t clicked in.
The front pins are too short to contact the soles of the shoes. Fortunately, the length of the rear pins and how much contact they make can be adjusted.

HT T2s pedals on the trail

Clicking into the HT T2s is easy and once you’re in, they provide a relatively free-floating feeling, though you can always feel a slight bit of tension on your feet. As such, you can move your feet more freely than with Shimano mechanisms and the float feels smoother. Compared to the Crankbrothers pedals, they feel less free, offering a more defined clicked-in and clicked-out feeling. One problem these two pedals share, however, is that the click action quickly starts feeling vague, making us increase the spring preload to counteract it. The clipless mechanism of the HT pedals stands out relatively far above the cages, so if you come loose, you won’t have much grip until you click back in. The front pins don’t help much in this case either: they sit so low down that the soles of the shoes don’t touch them, whether you’re clicked in or out. On the other hand, the rear pins, which are new for the T2 compared to the T1, are much more effective and allow you to fine tune the amount of grip you want on the pedals. The self-cleaning of the T2s is good despite the small cages and we had no problems clicking in even in the wettest conditions.

The HT T2 pedals are as rare as they are beautiful. They’re the lightest clipless pedals on test and can be adjusted to your preferences both via the spring preload and different cleats. That said, we cannot recommend the multi-release cleats, as they let you get used to the wrong technique. Being clicked in feels relatively free, though you can always feel a slight tension on your feet. However, the cleats wear out quickly and the pedals don’t provide much grip unless you’re clicked in.


  • super light
  • adjustable spring preload and a choice of cleats
  • free but defined feeling when clicked in


  • multi-release system isn’t advisable
  • minimal grip if you’re not clicked in
  • wear out quickly

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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

About the author

Simon Kohler

​​Simon loves speed. He has many years of racing experience as a longboard downhill skater, blasting down alpine passes on his board. In the meantime, he’s swapped four wheels for two, charging down trails and bike park lines aboard his mountain bike instead. He’s savoured some of Europe’s finest trails on various road trips through the Alps. Having lived in Austria for some time, he knows the local Austrian bike parks like the back of his hand. He’s a tech nerd through and through, using the skills and know-how from his engineering degree and his attention to detail to put the latest bikes and components through their paces for our reviews. As an early riser and self-declared muesli connoisseur, he lives his life powered by oats and the strength of his legs.