The Hope F22 flatties arrived a couple of days before Christmas, but despite kids, trips away and a bit of illness we’ve still managed a few rides on them. And the early signs are very promising…
Hope F22 features
- Redesigned platform
- 5 axis machined body (in Barnoldswick, UK)
- Larger concave dome profile
- Asymmetric and tapered shape “for the right balance between foot stability & clearance”
- Longer and adjustable pins with a unique hex shape face for extra bite
- Enhanced concavity with shorter pins used towards the centre of the platform
- Reverse loading pins so less chance of getting stuck or untightening on the trail
- Internals from F20 remain
- Three cartridge bearings and an IGUS bush
- Internal and external sealing
- Serviceable and re-buildable
- Revised axle design for improved strength and impact resistance
- Weight 360g per pair
- Price: £145 RRP
Hope Tech: “Manufactured in Barnoldswick, the platform has been re-designed with a clever dual concave profile as well as a new asymmetric shape that extends further (where the F20 did not) to give better shoe support and a superior planted feel. Platform grip comes from 22 pins, with an all-new design the pins are height adjustable and feature a unique hex shape to help keep your shoe locked in place.
“We kept the same proven F20 internal layout but revised the axle design for more strength, and long-term durability.
“Like everything we manufacture the F22 is fully serviceable with three internal cartridge bearings and all the internal and external seals you’ve grown accustomed to from our pedals.”
Initial riding impressions
The F22’s arrived without pins installed so the first job was to fit them. They are supplied with two different size pins for different areas – long hexagonal pins that thread in from the back for the front and rear of the pedals, and shorter more ‘grub screw’ style pins that fit on the inside and outside and outside of the platform. Slightly annoyingly the long pins use a 2.5mm hex and the short pins use a 2mm hex. You also get a bunch of washers should you want to alter the length. With all pins (and no washers) fitted the F22’s came in at 364g for the pair on my trusty kitchen scales.
I’ve recently used a few different pedals on various bikes – DMR Vaults, Nukeproof Horizons, and Burgtec Penthouse MK5 – and so far the F22’s are up there with the best. Whether it’s a long pedal or big rocky hits, the F22’s have felt comfortable and supportive and I’ve not experienced any undue pressure or hotspots. The big platform feels solid and secure underfoot, with the shape and size working well for me, and gives you a big target to aim for when you inevitably do drag a foot.
I’ve used them pretty much exclusively with Ride Concept Livewire shoes (review here) and so far the grip has been nothing but impressive. They were fitted onto a new bike which can sometimes show up any grip issues until you’ve got your suspension dialled but in the small number of rides I’ve had, I’ve not slipped a pedal or had any issues, whether on fast chattery roots, or big heavy repeated rock hits. – they are properly grippy. This becomes even obvious when you come to move your foot position slightly and it takes more of a lift than a quick shuffle that you can get away with on some other pedals.
A handful of rides doesn’t really make for a full review, but from the limited time I’ve had on them the Hope F22 flatties have impressed me with their performance. They’re big, they’re grippy and they look good. So far so good.
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