Hope’s F20 flat pedals are CNC machined out of 2014 T6 aluminium with an anodised coating.
Their contoured surface and shiny finish look impressive, and they’re available in six colours – black, silver, red, blue, purple and orange.
This premium design comes with a premium price tag, however.
Hope F20 details and specifications
The F20’s platform is 99(L)x101mm(W) at its widest point and features chamfered front and rear edges.
The edges and central axle housing measure 15mm deep, but the ribs spanning the pedal’s inner and outer portions are slightly narrower, giving a concave profile.
There’s no bearing bulge on the inboard side of the pedals, however, making the whole of the platform’s surface usable.
There are 10 pin positions, with eight around the platform’s perimeter and two central holes.
The pins are 4mm long with a conical and hollow form. The pedals spin on a chromoly axle using three cartridge bearings, plus an Igus bushing that Hope claims is maintenance-free.
My set of test pedals weighed 409g.
Hope F20 performance
The F20s are unusual in that I had to install the pins myself.
While this is good for customising pin location, it was quite time consuming and wasn’t something I’d expect to do after shelling out £140.
The rear-loading pins were easy to install with the supplied Allen key, however, and I customised the layout by not installing the two central pins to increase effective platform concavity.
The long pins did a great job of raising the pedal’s edges to focus pressure and improve grip, and I found once my feet were on the F20s, there was no movement at all.
This meant I couldn’t readjust them, however, which got frustrating if I misplaced my feet on the fairly small platform.
Its surface area was just large enough to reduce clawing, but not stop it altogether. It did, however, provide plenty of stability when my feet were in the correct spot.
The slim profile and chamfered sides reduced rock strikes and helped the pedals slide along obstacles when they made contact.
How we tested
We’ve tested 13 flat pedals for mountain bikes in some of the harshest conditions on a host of terrain types – from bumpy on-the-gas sections through to flat-out rough and worn downhill tracks – to see how much grip they offer and help you find the perfect companion.
You can also find our top-rated reviews in BikeRadar’s guide to the best mountain bike pedals.
Also on test:
- Crankbrothers Stamp 7 review
- Deity TMAC review
- DMR Vault review
- DMR V12 review
- Gusset Slim Jim CNC review
- HT ME03 review
- Nukeproof Neutron EVO review
- OneUp Composite Pedals review
- PINND CS2 review
- PNW Components Loam Pedal review
- Race Face Chester review
- Shimano PD-GR500 review
Hope F20 bottom line
Thanks to super-grippy pins, the F20s performed well. Traction was as good as with more concave pedals.
They would be improved further if they had a slight redesign to increase the depth of the front and rear edges.
They do look awesome, though, and have enough grip to back up the aesthetics.