Nukeproof made its name with quality flat pedals and, like DMR, this is its first clipless set.
Using a Shimano compatible cleat (four-degree release, eight-degree also available), Nukeproof’s mechanism is sprung on both sides, and the cleat’s front and back are chamfered, allowing entry into the pedal forwards, down and backwards. This makes it easy to clip in to in technical terrain, and does so with a positive feel.
A lot of shaping has been done to the mechanism and cage in order to allow it to slide over rocks and roots easier, and this is noticeable on the trail — I never found myself getting hung up on debris.
I did find my cleats popping out of the mechanism during pedal strikes a touch more frequently than I expected. The relatively open design also seems impervious to mud.
There are six height-adjustable pins per side, which alter the feel of the pedal, but I found it offered plenty of support in its standard format. Removing the pin washers will offer flatter shoes more grip on the pedal.
The cro-mo axle is supported by a DU bushing and two bearings, which have proved reliable on Horizon's flat pedals. A smaller caged CS version is available at the same price.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.