The TenFour ticks a lot of flat pedal boxes, with a large and supportive platform, and a subtle but noticeably concave shape. Compared to Carder’s other pedal, the TwoTwelve, this features a larger surface area, and pins that screw in from the rear, but both pedals share the same axle and bearing system.
Initial impressions are of a beautifully crafted piece of kit, with smooth lines and a sharp aesthetic. It only features 9 pins on each side which does not seem like many, especially when I counted 14 per side on my favourite Deity T-Macs. Having said that, these pedals were plenty grippy enough when using a variety of shoes including 5.10, Specialized and Ride Concepts. I always felt confident that my foot would stay in place and was really happy with their performance.
It was not all plain sailing though, as after my first day in the Alps I was checking my bike over and found that I had lost a total of 3 pins, and quite a few more were loose. I tightened all the pins up, but lost another couple the next day as well which was very frustrating. The pins do not come with any Loctite on the threads unlike most other pedals that I get to test, and they simply work loose, even when really tightly fastened. I have since added some Loctite and the pedals are back to full grip levels and the pins are not going anywhere.
Update: Since publishing this review, the team at Carder Tech have been in touch and going forwards, their pedals will be supplied with studlock for their pedal pins. Happy days.
What do we think?
Great quality and performance from a small UK company, building their own products in house.
Could Do Better
Pins need Loctite
You can check out the Carder Tech TenFour pedal here.