First Look: Hope Launches Three New Clipless Pedals
Interestingly, the pedals come with two sets of cleats, which allow you to choose between 4 ° or 5 ° of float and a release angle of 12 ° or 13 °, respectively. The two cleats also allow 2mm float from side to side. The front part of the clip mechanism is not rigidly attached to the pedal body, but can move upward as the cleat pushes into the slot. According to Hope, this reduces the force needed to hook up and allows a wider range of cleat / foot angles to engage. This could come in handy when trying to hang up on bumpy ground.
• Three models for XC, Trail and Gravity
• Claimed weight: 324 g, 437 g and 498 g, respectively
• Double clip mechanism – front and rear clip pieces move to facilitate cleat entry
• Exclusive cleats (not compatible with other systems)
• Two cleat options giving 4 ° or 5 ° of waterline
• Cr-Mo axle (the RC has a titanium axle), machined pedal body, clip mechanism and stainless steel studs
• Three cartridge bearings plus Norglide socket, same parts as the flat pedal F20, m
• Fully usable internals
• $ 190- $ 200 / £ 150 -160 £ / 185 € -195 €
Here’s how Hope describes the intended use of the three Union pedals:
• Union RC – Race Clip, a small platform designed for reduced weight; 324 g; £ 150 / € 185 / $ 190
• Union inspection – Trail Clip, larger platform with 4 pins per side for increased contact with the sole of the shoe and greater stability for a more aggressive ride; 437g; £ 150 / € 185 / $ 190
• CG of the Union – Gravity Clip, large platform with option of 7 pins per side or footrest to give maximum contact between the shoe and the pedal, offering the greatest stability; 498g; £ 160 / € 195 / $ 200
The engagement mechanism is forward entry only and has adjustable release tension. Hope promises a “positive and consistent” release feel, and the 5 ° cleat has a firmer release.
The GC pedal has a large platform with a shape similar to the Shimano Saint pedal, although the Hope GC has more pins (7 per side versus 4).
Being Hope, they are available in six different colors: black, blue, orange, purple, red and silver. Interns are shared with Hope’s F20 flat pedal, which means three cartridge bearings and a Norglide ring, and they should be pretty easy to take apart and maintain. The lightweight RC pedal uses a titanium axle, while the TC and GC use a Cro-Mo steel axle, but these can be upgraded to the titanium aftermarket.
All three Union pedals are now available to retailers on order, with first shipments scheduled for September.