Following a decade of loyal service, UK manufacturer Hope Technology recently retired its premium flat pedal, the F20. In its place is this all-new pedal called the F22. Featuring a redesigned platform with an asymmetric and tapered profile, the F22 is said to offer greater durability and better grip over its predecessor.
The Hope F22 Flat Pedal
Compared to the F20, the Hope F22 flat pedals feature a larger platform that measures 105mm wide x 110mm long. The bodies are still CNC machined and anodised in Hope’s Barnoldswick factory in the UK, and they’re available in four different colours, as well as black and silver.
Confirmed weight for our set of Hope F22 test pedals is 361g, which makes these one of the lighter flat pedal options on the market.
As a result, the centre of the pedal body is slightly shallower than the outer edges to give it a bowl-shape that allows your shoes to sink deeper into the platform.
Tapered & dual-concave profile
To improve the shoe and pedal interface, Hope has developed the F22 with a dual-concave profile. This means the platform uses a concave shape both front-to-back and left-to-right, with the thinnest part of the pedal body measuring 14mm and the thickest part growing to 17mm.
As a result, the centre of the pedal body is slightly shallower than the outer edges to give it a bowl-shape that allows your shoes to sink deeper into the platform. Textured ripples are then machined into the central ‘spire’ to increase traction.
Whereas the F20 had quite a blunt and square shape, the F22 receives an asymmetric shape with heavily tapered corners. The ramped edges are designed to better glance off of rocks and roots, and the fact that the F22 isn’t mega-wide means it offers better clearance when riding tight and rutted-out trails.
New adjustable pins
Complementing the redesigned platform on the Hope F22 flat pedal are new adjustable pins. These rear-loading pins are longer to provide more overall bite, but their effective height can be shortened by adding washers to the head of each pin.
To increase the effective concavity of the pedal body further, Hope utilises shorter pins in the middle of the platform. This allows your shoe to sink deeper into the pedal, putting more pressure on the taller pins at either end for better grip.
While much of the pedal is new, the Hope F22 does carry over the same proven internals from the bomber F20. You’ll find three cartridge bearings and an IGUS bushing inside each pedal, which utilises internal and external sealing to keep them weathertight.
Hope has developed a new heat-treated and plated CroMo axle, which is said to offer better strength and impact resistance over the F20. The pedals are still fully serviceable and rebuildable, and they come with a two-year warranty.
We’ll be putting those durability claims to the test over the coming months, but so far we’ve been impressed with the overall grip, feel and finish of the Hope F22 flat pedals. They’re very at the premium end of the price spectrum, but they no doubt have the build quality and looks to match.