Plastic that is anything but cheap
HT is the high-end pedal brand of veteran Taiwanese manufacturer Hsing Ta, which has been in business for over 60 years. HT was founded in 2005 with the purpose of meeting market demands. The brand develops and manufactures pedals, spokes, nipples and valves.
The Nano-P pedal, launched in 2010, is a breakthrough in technological innovation: made of durable plastic with replaceable pins, it was intended to be a premium product at a low price. Since then, the company manufactures its products under its own brand and for others too (e.g., Nukeproof, Deity, and others). In 2013 the company signed a number of star riders, such as Brian Lopes, Kyle Strait and Aaron Gwinn to keep a high market profile and positive air of success. HT has numerous flat and clipless pedal models, and they expand their product line every year.
A clone? It’s all we were looking for
We discussed another excellent pedal recently – the Nukeproof Electron Evo – and along came another one; an original version of the same, good old pedal. The similarities are startling. In fact, after a few minutes of playing “Spot the Differences”, we came up with only three: first, color – the pedal we tested is black-and-orange; two, logo – that of HT and not Nukeproof (obviously); and third, and only for those with keen eyes – the lid covering the pivot bearings is black and lacks Nukeproof’s radioactive symbol. Everything else is the same, so we can confidently claim that it’s the same pedal. Nevertheless, it’s everything we ever wanted.
The Nano-P pedal is made of fiber-reinforced nylon and manufactured in an injection molding process. The platform is assembled through a pair of sealed bearings through a machine-cut steel spindle. It is wide and flat, as befits a modern pedal, and provides a firm grip for the shoe. The dimensions are 100x95x18mm and it comes in a variety of colors. The declared weight is 354 grams per pair.
The design itself is quite conservative – an uninspiring rectangular platform. Designing through mold template injection offers flexibility and a better strength/weight ratio. As a designer and cyclist, I look forward to seeing a newly launched plastic pedal heading in this direction.
On the trail:
Since we already tested a virtually identical product, this test serves as a sort of follow-up. I’ve been riding the previously-tested plastic pedal for 10 months now, and it is beginning to age. Abrasion marks are clearly visible, but the main wear-and-tear is felt in the play that has developed between the steel spindle and the pedal body. Aside from that, I can say that it has held up even better than any aluminum pedal I previously possessed, without any bending or cracking of the pedal body. Some pins introduced themselves to rocks and bent, and there are plenty of scratches, but otherwise it is perfectly usable. This is impressive given that the pedal has gone through an average of two rides per week over this period of time. If I had to guess, I would say this pedal can last for one year of use, more or less.
Switching from the old pedal to the new HT Nano-P changed nothing in the excellent grip, thanks to the long pins which burrow into the sole even when they are slightly bent. The plastic platform is big enough and includes seven metal pins on each side, and three additional plastic ones, which grip the shoe well. Indeed, grip is one of the more impressive traits of the pedal, and it remains solid throughout its lifespan. As the owner of a bike with a very low bottom bracket, pedal clipping occurs more than I am happy to admit. The dull sound of plastic meeting rock is less painful on the ear than the scratching of aluminum pedals on boulders. This reduces the sensation of failure and, even more importantly, hides this little slip-up from your fellow riders (who won’t find out that you’re actually quite the mediocre rider…)
In terms of giving a flat rider exactly what he or she needs, HT nailed it. The Nano-P is a solid performance with low weight and a low price. It’s fun to slap it on a bike and not fear the heart-break (and wallet drain) if a large rock happens to jump on you and leaves the pedal hanging on its spindle, or even if you just want to bring some “bling” to a newly-purchased bike and the pedal color originally chosen is just not working for you anymore.
On a final note, I find that the package could use some spare pins, which would make anyone who lost one (or more) on the trail very happy. The bottom line is that the Nano-P is delivers very good value for your money.
|Weight:||354 grams per pair|
|Body material||Nylon reinforced composite|
|Spindle||CNC machined cr-moly|
|Pedal Bearings||dual sealed bearing + one DU bushing|
|Pins||Replaceable grip pins|