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HT Components T1 Review

Thinner, lighter, and less expensive than the Shimano XTR Trail with more usable platform and more adjustability.
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $135 List | $130.71 at Amazon
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Pros:  Lightweight, adjustable, low profile, inexpensive, available in many colors.
Cons:  Heavier cleats, float isn't as smooth as Shimano
Manufacturer:   HT Components
By Joshua Hutchens ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 10, 2019
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  • Ease of Exit - 25% 8
  • Ease of Entry - 20% 9
  • Adjustability - 20% 10
  • Weight - 15% 8
  • Platform - 10% 8
  • Mud Shedding Ability - 10% 9

Our Verdict

An incredibly well-executed mid-cage clipless pedal from HT, the T-1 strikes just the right balance to be our Editor's Choice. These pedals are lighter, lower profile, and less expensive than the Shimano XTR M-9120. If that's not enough, they also shed mud better, offer more adjustability, and have more shoe interface than any other pedals in our test. They offer 4 or 8 degrees of lateral float and the grub pins up front help the pedal orient for quick access.


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Pros Lightweight, adjustable, low profile, inexpensive, available in many colors.Lightweight, low profile, available in 2 different axle lengthsSilky smooth float, lightweight, great mud shedding, additional platform widthPlatform feel, proven durability, good valueStable, great power transfer, excellent traction while engaged, inexpensive
Cons Heavier cleats, float isn't as smooth as ShimanoNarrow platform, expensive, not recommended for trail or all-mountain ridingExpensive, rear platform is under utilized, questionable durabilityHigher stack than the XTR, lower mud clearanceHeavy, sharp pins are a hazard to everything but your shoe
Bottom Line Thinner, lighter, and less expensive than the Shimano XTR Trail with more usable platform and more adjustability.A highly evolved, race proven pedal that provides exceptional stability for its size.Top of the line offering from Shimano, they're silky smooth, adjustable and renowned for their consistency.This do it all pedal for most riders it renown for its durability and value.A big step up in stability and traction, we find them worth their extra weight.
Rating Categories HT Components T1 Shimano XTR M9100 Race Shimano XTR M9120 Trail Shimano Deore XT M8020 Shimano Saint SPD M820
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Specs HT Components T1 Shimano XTR M9100... Shimano XTR M9120... Shimano Deore XT... Shimano Saint SPD...
Weight per Pair (grams) 372g 314g 397g 404g 550g
Weight of Cleats and Bolts (grams) 62g 51g 51g 50g 50g
Cleat Type HT X1 or HT X1F SPD mountain SPD mountain SPD mountain SPD mountain
Style mini-cage no cage no cage mini-cage mini-cage
Platform Dimensions (lxw) 68mm x 83.5mm 71 x 68 mm 100 x 71 mm 96 x 64 mm 100 x 79 mm
profile height 16.8mm 17mm 17mm 21mm 19mm
Q-Factor 56mm 56mm 56mm 56mm 57mm
Total Width from Crank Arm 90mm 84mm 84mm 89mm 95mm
Entry 2-sided 2-sided 2-sided 2-sided 2-sided
Adjustable Tension yes yes yes yes yes
Traction Pins 4grubpins 0 0 0 4/side
Bearings EVO+ dual angular contact, metal retainer dual angular contact, metal retainer dual angular contact, metal retainer dual angular contact, metal retainer
Cage Material extruded/CNC machined aluminum annodized aluminum annodized aluminum annodized aluminum forged and machined aluminum
Pedal Wrench Type 8mm allen 8mm allen 8mm allen 8mm alllen 8mm allen

Our Analysis and Test Results

The HT T-1 is a super slender mid-cage clipless pedal built tough enough for the rigors of enduro racing. The wide platform design, forward placed grub pins, and trick adjustable clipless mechanism make for quick and solid engagement. This pedal is feature packed and handily takes home our Editors Choice award. The lowest profile pedal in our test, the HT's machined aluminum bodies sport an ample surface area and provide a solid connection. They feature a minimalist engagement mechanism that allows for efficient mud clearing. Unlike the HT D-1 we tested previously, the grub pins provide no interference clipping in or out. Release tension is adjustable, and the fore-mounted grub pins can be adjusted up or down. Included with the pedals are two sets of cleats, the X-1 cleats provide 4 degrees of lateral float, and the X-1F cleats offer 8 degrees of lateral float. The movement within the range of float isn't quite as smooth as what we experience with the XTR pedals but didn't affect the efficiency or performance of the pedal.
The CNC machined Chromoly steel axles ride on Evo+ precision sealed bearings and IGUS bushings. The pedal bodies are CNC machined extruded aluminum and available in a staggering fourteen colors including stealth black that feature an anodized black clipless mechanism and spindle.
HT's cleat retention system is minimalist, featuring a bar on the front of the mechanism like the Time Speciale 8 and Crank Brothers Double Shot 3 but with a floating rear retainer. It's a clever design that aids in mud shedding, unlike Shimano SPD pedals with the static rear retainer, the front or rear can open independently. While there are many technical differences in the cleat retention mechanism itself, the feel of engagement and float feel similar to a Shimano SPD when using the X-1 cleat or like a Time ATAC when using the X-1F cleat.

Performance Comparison


The platform, feel, and adjustability of the HT T-1 was all excellent. Excelling in almost every category, the HT bested the venerable Shimano XTR M9120, notably being lighter, lower profile and featuring more adjustability.

Ease of Entry


Getting into your pedals should be quick and easy, allowing you to put the power down immediately. The machined aluminum pedal body of the HT T-1 is designed to catch the toe of the shoe with its two grub pins and orient the pedal for quick engagement. The mechanism is simple, and the pedal is thin and wide, offering a large target without much bulk to hang up on trailside obstacles.

As with the Look X-Track En-rage Plus, the traction (or grub) pins can help orient the pedal for quick entry. The traction pins are adjustable allowing the rider to fine-tune the amount of grab they get from the toe of the pedal. Throughout our test, we found the T-1 was easy to engage; it felt wide, easy to orient, and didn't require much thought. Even when wet the engagement remained smooth but never felt overly slippery. One notable difference using either cleat is that increasing release tension causes an increase in the pressure needed to engage, that's not the case with the SPD design.

Low profile  large width platform  and wide open clipless mechanism
Low profile, large width platform, and wide open clipless mechanism

Ease of Exit


The HT T-1 offered effortless release but due to the lateral float in the cleats though it wasn't always as consistent as the Shimano XTR M9120. The pedals can be disengaged by turning your heel inward or outward, and release produces an audible click that won't leave you wondering if you're engaged or not.


The friction between shoe and pedal didn't change much with moisture as the shoe engages the smoothly machined aluminum platform.

A solid option for XC riders wanting a bit more real estate.
A solid option for XC riders wanting a bit more real estate.

Adjustability


Featuring adjustable release tension, height adjustable grub pins, and two sets of cleats offering different degrees of lateral float, the HT T-1 is remarkably adjustable. The T-1's adjustable release tension seemed to have greater range than the Time Speciale 8 or the Shimano SPD system. At their lightest setting, they released with almost no effort, on the opposite side of the tension adjustment they felt vice-like and required significantly more force to release than any other pedal in the test.

Release tension is easily changed using a 3mm Allen key and you can dramatically change the pedal's feel. The T-1 gives a reasonable 4 or 8 degrees of float using the 62 gram X-1 or X1-F cleats respectively. The HT cleats are a bit wider and chunkier looking than the more prevalent SPD cleats, but they created no issues in any of our test shoes.


Although the grub pins on this pedal are adjustable with a 1.5mm Allen key, they don't interface with the shoe when clipped in. As with the Look X-Track En-rage Plus and the Time Speciale 8 the grub pins act only to catch and orient the pedal for engagement.


Comparing the engagement mechanism you can see that the HT has significantly less material up front.
Comparing the engagement mechanism you can see that the HT has significantly less material up front.

Weight


At 372 grams, the HT's are the lightest mid cage pedal we've tested. Almost an ounce lighter than the XTR M9120 that don't have grub pins and 77 grams shy of the Look X-track En-rage Plus pedals. We found the HT's combination of low weight and solid platform quite compelling.


Weight-conscious riders may not opt for the additional weight of a mid-cage platform, but aside from the few additional grams, there would be very few reasons to eschew this pedal for XC use. They're a touch thinner than even the svelte XTR M-9100 with a profile height of 16.8mm placing the rider closer to the axle and keeping the bottom of the pedal that much further from trail side hazards.


Platform


The wide platform provided a solid footbed and unlike the XTR M-9120 wasn't comprised of useless real estate. The width of the CNC machined aluminum body underfoot felt substantial and stable under sprint and technical conditions. Additionally, the forward placed grub pins helped to orient the pedal as we kicked for entry.



The XTR pedal has more machined flat area but this doesn't equal more connection with the shoe.
The XTR pedal has more machined flat area but this doesn't equal more connection with the shoe.

Mud Shedding


We found the HT's to be top performers in their ability to shed mud, the fore mechanism is wide open and doesn't give mud anywhere to hide. While we've long regarded the fluorine coated Shimano pedals to be front runners in the mud shedding game, they've met their match with the HT's open front end. The Shimano mechanism, by contrast, is cupped in the front and only the rear of the mechanism articulates. The additional movement in the HT provided a solid connection with every type of mud we jammed into the cleats and got our top score for mud shedding ability.



The HT T-1 cutting through the mud and delivering performance
The HT T-1 cutting through the mud and delivering performance

Conclusion


This is a stellar pedal with very few compromises. It's light, low profile, adjustable, wide underfoot and sheds mud better than its competitors. The pedals had no durability issues during testing and have not needed readjustment with the included tool.

Recommended Pairing


This pedal is best paired with an enduro shoe (95-105mm in the toe box) where the soft rubber sole can take advantage of the wide platform. Shoes like the Specialized 2FO Cliplite worked particularly well.


Joshua Hutchens