Superbly grippy flat pedals that'll go the distance - recommended
Oct 5 2020
Masses of grip and easily replaceable pins
Redesigned platform can deal with serious abuse
Smooth rolling and long lasting bearings
You want a set of superbly grippy and tough fit and forget flat pedals
Nukeproof's updated Horizon Pro pedals improve on what was already an excellent pedal, with improved ground clearance married to superb grip and hard-knock durability. Quite simply, they're some of the best flat pedals you can buy.
The changes over the old Horizon pedal are small but subtle, with the front of the pedal having slightly more chamfered corners to better improve ground clearance and hopefully reduce the chances of you hanging up on rocks or generally battering them about. It seems to work too, with the corners of the pedals looking much less beat up than the old ones did after a similar amount of use; entirely subjective I know.
The forged aluminium body of the pedal now also has a bit more cast webbing to improve strength. I can't say I managed to crack the old ones into pieces but it's certainly a nice to have, with the weight staying roughly the same at 420g for the pair versus 430g for the old ones.
As ever, the grip is superb, aided by a nice big and slightly concave pedal platform and 10 steel pins per side. The more exposed pins on the trailing and leading edges screw in through the back of the pedal, meaning they're much easier to extract when they get mangled, though the inner and outer pins are plain grub screws, so tearing them out is a more permanent issue. I managed to do just that on one side of the pedal; I can't say it made a massive difference to overall grip.
Each pedal runs on a pair of cartridge bearings plus a DU bushing, with a substantial rubber seal to help keep the crap out. It works well as they're still spinning smoothly despite plenty of wet-weather miles and general battering.
As well as these aluminium bodied, steel axled versions, you can splash the cash on a titanium axle, which claims to shave about 60g from the total weight. They're substantially more expensive at £160 so I really wouldn't bother with them unless you have a lot of spare cash and a titanium fetish. There are also some cheaper plastic-bodied versions and plenty of colours to pick from.
All in all, the Nukeproof Horizon Pro 2 pedals manage to improve on an already excellent design. They're grippy, tough, smooth rolling and long-lasting and while they're still fairly portly, that's a small penalty to pay for a set of fit and forget flatties.
Jon was previously the editor here at off.road.cc. Whether it's big days out on the gravel bike or hurtling down technical singletracks, if it's got two wheels and can be ridden on dirt, then he's into it. He's previously been technical editor at BikeRadar.com, editor at What Mountain Bike Magazine and also web editor at Singletrackworld.co.uk. Yes, he's been around the houses.