HT in their current guise have been around since 2005, but the business has been going since 1954. Their recent prominence in the MTB world is thanks to the signing of rapid folks like Aaron Gwin, Antoine Bizet, Brian Lopes and the Commencal/Riding Addiction Team (now called the Commencal Vallnord DH team).
The X1 pedal is HT’s flagship clipless pedal designed for DH use and the design proves this. 4.5 degrees of float is minimal by anyone’s standards. Those used to the 12.5 degrees on a Shimano DX might find these difficult to begin with. Weight is kept low with a nicely finished body that is extruded from alloy before being CNC’d to shave weight. 3 pins along the leading and 2 on the trailing edge should offer ample grip if getting your foot back in proves impossible.
Weight is low thanks to the all metal construction, coming in a good 100g lighter than the aforementioned DX numbers. All this metal gives the look and feel of a quality product, and the multiple sealed bearings should see service intervals many months apart.
£119.99 for the pair puts them in direct competition with Crank Brothers’ Mallet DH race pedal and Funn’s Mamba offering.
Anyone looking to save more weight can opt for the X1T (T for titanium), that come in at £199.99.
There’s also some very nice flat pedals which we’re testing alongside the X1. More on those once we’ve had a first-ride.