- Extremely grippy thanks to well shaped body and pins
- Broad, stable platform offers excellent pedalling support
- Tough, damage resistant design
- Weight is a bit on the high side
When you consider Nukeproof has World Champion downhiller, enduro racer and renowned flat pedal user Sam Hill on the payroll, it's little surprise the Horizon pedals work superbly.
They've got a broad and wide platform, with a slightly concave shape to help your foot sit into the pedal, with heavily chamfered leading edges that reduce the chances of striking rocks and make them more likely to slide over rather than get hung up on obstacles.
The platform is also made from forged rather than cast aluminium and in the time I've been using them they've proven to be pretty damn tough, with only a few scratches to show despite some hefty rock strikes.
The grip levels are superb too, thanks to ten steel pins per side that protrude roughly 5mm above the body. That means your feet stay utterly stuck to them, even on seriously rough terrain. The pins on the leading edge also screw in from the back of the pedal with an Allen key head, making them much easier to extract when damaged that those that use a fiddly grub screw design.
They spin on a cromoly steel axle with a pair of ball bearings and a DU bushing to keep them rolling smoothly. The sealing is definitely up to the job and they're still smooth and rattle free despite a number of months worth of riding in mud and grit.
It all works really well together to give a pedal that keeps your foot perfectly in place when you're bombing down something and when you're hauling yourself back up the other side the broad platform means they're comfortable and stable underfoot, with no weird edges or hotspots under your sole.
At 430g for a pair, they're not particularly light but they're pretty similar to other designs of a similar size and price, such the DMR Vault. I'm more that willing to carry around a few grams extra over more fragile and expensive models with magnesium platforms or titanium axles, though the latter is available for a a hefty £95 upgrade that saves a paltry (claimed) 68g per pair. My advice is not to bother. If you want to save a little bit more for no loss of performance, you can buy the plain Horizon Pro for £5 less and the only difference is the lack of a polished pedal face and Sam Hill doesn't have his name written on them.
Either way, the Nukeproof Horizon pedals are amongst the very best flat pedals I've tested and they're well worth investing in if you preferred riding style involves you getting your foot out while you're going flat out.