Choice kit: Hope F20 flat pedals

The F20 has landed! It might sound like an American fighter jet but it’s actually the new offering from Barnoldswick’s finest purveyors of bike bits. That’s right – the long-awaited Hope F20 flat pedal is finally about to hit shops.

With a pricetag of £120 you’d expect something special, and that’s just what you get. This is no clone pedal picked from a Far Eastern catalogue and logo’d up – it’s been designed from the ground up, and that shows.

The body is CNC-machined from 2014 T6 aluminium alloy and spins on a heat-treated and plated chromoly steel axle, so it should be able to shrug off a fair bit of abuse. Use of a Norglide bushing and three sealed cartridge bearings per pedal means it should keep running smoothly too.

The ridged, slightly concave platform and 20 replaceable steel through-pins (aluminium and titanium versions are available aftermarket) look suitably tenacious, and weight is good, at 402g for the pair on our scales. There are plenty of sorted pedals out there these days but these new Hope F20 flatties look like they should certainly win some fans.

First unveiled at Eurobike 2011, the Hope F20 has been a long time coming. Looks like it was worth the wait though. Picture by James Costley-White

First unveiled at Eurobike 2011, the Hope F20 has been a long time coming. Looks like it was worth the wait though

The platform is hewn from a block of 2014 T6 alloy. Picture by James Costley-White

The platform is hewn from a block of 2014 T6 alloy

Large cutouts save weight and should help with mud shedding too. Picture by James Costley-White

Large cutouts save weight and should help with mud shedding too

There's space for up to 10 pins per side, and they screw in from below so the heads shouldn't round off if you crash. Picture by James Costley-White

There's space for up to 10 pins per side, and they screw in from below so the heads shouldn't round off if you crash

Hope say the pedal's as slim as they could make it without compromising on bearing quality. Picture by James Costley-White

Hope say the pedal's as slim as they could make it without compromising on bearing quality

The heat-treated and plated chromoly steel axle spins on a Norglide bushing and three sealed bearings. Picture by James Costley-White

The heat-treated and plated chromoly steel axle spins on a Norglide bushing and three sealed bearings

CNC-machined ridges on top of the body help boost grip. Picture by James Costley-White

CNC-machined ridges on top of the body help boost grip

Why F20? It's flat and has 20 pins. Picture by James Costley-White

Why F20? It's flat and has 20 pins

As well as the black of our samples, the F20 is available in anodised silver, red, blue, gold and 'gunsmoke'

As well as the black of our samples, the F20 is available in anodised silver, red, blue, gold and 'gunsmoke'

More info at www.hopetech.com.

What’s Choice Kit? It’s our tag for the bikes and gear that are at the top of our wishlist, whether they’re tried-and-tested classics or they’re so new they haven’t even hit the shops yet.