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HT Components T2 Review

Lighter, less expensive and more adjustable than their Shimano competition while offering better mud shedding and traction
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HT Components T2 Review (Excellent connection for trail riding and control, the T2 provides a near-perfect combination of pedal traits.)
Excellent connection for trail riding and control, the T2 provides a near-perfect combination of pedal traits.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens
Price:  $169 List
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Manufacturer:   HT Components
By Joshua Hutchens ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 3, 2023
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RANKED
#1 of 20
  • Ease of Exit - 25% 8.0
  • Ease of Entry - 20% 9.0
  • Adjustability - 20% 10.0
  • Weight - 15% 8.0
  • Platform - 10% 8.0
  • Mud Shedding Ability - 10% 9.0

Our Verdict

An incredibly well-executed mid-cage clipless pedal from HT, the T-2 delivers on all of the metrics we care about and makes it an easy Editor's Choice. These pedals are lighter, more adjustable, and less expensive than the Shimano XTR M-9120. If that's not enough, they also do a better job shedding mud and have more shoe interface than any other mini-cage pedals in our test. They offer 4 or 8 degrees of lateral float and the four grub pins help orient the pedal for a quick engagement every time. Get the scoop on how it stands up to the competition in our review of the top mountain bike pedals.
REASONS TO BUY
Lightweight
Adjustable
Low profile
Inexpensive
Available in many colors
REASONS TO AVOID
Heavier cleats that are less ubiquitous
Float isn't SPD smooth
Editor's Note: This review was updated on March 30, 2023 to add new products and remove models no longer available.

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Bottom Line Stable platform, highly adjustable and available in a multitude of colorsShimano's latest enduro approved pedal grows up a bit and the refreshes are mostly welcomeA solid choice for those wanting next generation stability at an entry-level price pointSolid, stable and heavy, we found the control they offer top-notchImpresses on the flat side and gets the job done on the clipless side
Rating Categories HT Components T2 Shimano PD-M8120 XT... Shimano ME700 Shimano Saint SPD M820 Xpedo Ambix
Ease of Exit (25%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Ease of Entry (20%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Adjustability (20%)
10.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Weight (15%)
8.0
7.0
5.0
3.0
8.0
Platform (10%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
10.0
6.0
Mud Shedding Ability (10%)
9.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Specs HT Components T2 Shimano PD-M8120 XT... Shimano ME700 Shimano Saint SPD M820 Xpedo Ambix
Weight per Pair (grams) 380g 430g 482g 550g 384g
Weight of Cleats and Bolts (grams) 62g 51g 50g 50g 52g
Cleat Type HT X1 cleats SPD mountain SPD mountain SPD mountain XPEDO XPC
Style mini-cage mini-cage mini-cage mini-cage clip/flat
Platform Dimensions (lxw) 83.5 x 68mm 100 x 71mm 100 x 74mm 100 x 79mm 102 x 84mm
profile height 17mm 18mm 19mm 19mm 19mm
Q-Factor 56mm 55mm 55mm 57mm 56 mm
Total Width from Crank Arm 90mm 92mm 93mm 95mm 100mm
Entry 2-sided 2-sided 2-sided 2-sided 1-sided
Adjustable Tension yes yes yes yes yes
Traction Pins 8 grub pins 0 0 4/side 8 grub pins
Bearings Stainless Steel sealed cartridge bearings dual angular contact, metal retainer dual angular contact, plastic retainer dual angular contact, metal retainer 3 Sealed Cartridge
Cage Material extruded/CNC machined aluminum anodized and machined aluminum painted aluminum forged and machined aluminum Aluminum
Pedal Wrench Type 8mm allen 8mm allen 6mm allen or 15mm open end 8mm allen 8mm allen

Our Analysis and Test Results

The HT T-2 is an ultra thin mid-cage clipless pedal built for the rigors of enduro racing. The wide platform design, trick adjustable clipless mechanism and catchy grub pins make for quick and solid engagement. This pedal is packed full of features and deserves our Editors Choice award. We loved the HT T-1 and the HT T-2 improves on that already compelling package by adding two additional grub pins on the rear of the pedal body

The lowest profile pedal in our test, the HT's machined aluminum bodies boast a wide surface area and provide a solid connection. The simple engagement mechanism allows for efficient mud clearing and reliable engagement. Unlike the HT D-1 we tested previously, the grub pins provide very little interference when clipping out. The release tension is adjustable, and the four grub pins on each side of the pedal 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 cleat glides within the range of float but doesn't feel quite as smooth as the fluorine coated XTR M9120 pedals but that friction doesn't affect the efficiency or performance of the pedal.

The CNC machined Chromoly steel spindles ride on dual IGUS bushings and a precision sealed bearing. The pedal bodies are CNC machined extruded aluminum and available in a staggering thirteen colors including stealth black that feature an anodized black clipless mechanism and spindle.

ht components t2 - solid connection for a great day in the woods, the t2 provide...
Solid connection for a great day in the woods, the T2 provide everything we're looking for in a great trail pedal
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

HT's cleat retention system is pretty simple, featuring a bar on the front of the mechanism similar to the Time Speciale 8 and Crankbrothers Double Shot 3 but complimented by a floating rear retainer. It's a clever design that helps to keep the mud and grit out. Unlike the Shimano SPD pedals design with the static rear retainer, the front or rear can move independently. While there are several technical differences in the cleat retention mechanism itself, the feel of engagement feels similar to a Shimano SPD. Using the HT X-1 cleat you'll get 4 degrees of lateral float and the also included, X1-F cleat will give you 8 degrees of lateral float.

Performance Comparison


We found the platform, feel, and adjustability of the HT T-2 top notch. 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-2 features 4 grub pins on each side so you'll be hard presses to slip off and not engage. The engagement mechanism is simple, and the pedal is thin and wide, giving the rider 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 surface of the pedal. Throughout testing, we found the T-2 very easy to engage; it felt wide, easy to orient, and didn't require a second thought. Even when wet or muddy, the engagement remained smooth but never felt overly slippery. One notable difference between the HT mechanism was that increasing the release tension causes an increase in the pressure needed to engage, that's not the case with the SPD design.

ht components t2 - the t2 pedals deserve our highest praise, excellent product from ht
The T2 pedals deserve our highest praise, excellent product from HT
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Ease of Exit


The HT T-2 offered effortless release but due to multiple moving parts, the release 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. New HT users coming from SPD should practice a few times before hitting the trail as the release feels a touch more progressive.


Friction between the sole of the shoe and the pedal didn't change much with moisture as the shoe engages the smoothly machined aluminum platform.

ht components t2 - light enough to feel at home on a cross country bike but robust...
Light enough to feel at home on a cross country bike but robust enough for enduro days
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Adjustability


Featuring adjustable release tension, height adjustable grub pins, and two sets of cleats offering different degrees of lateral float, the HT T-2 is remarkably adjustable. The T-2'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-2 gives a reasonable 4 or 8 degrees of float using the 62 gram X-1 or X1-F cleats respectively. We found the HT cleats a bit wider and chunkier than the 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.

ht components t2
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Weight


At 380 grams, the HT's are lighter than the XTR M9120 while also boasting traction pins, they're also 77 grams lighter than the Look X-track En-rage Plus pedals. We found the HT's combination of low weight, thin profile and solid platform quite compelling.


Weight-conscious riders that still prefer a bit of platform can opt for the titanium axle version of the T2 and save 48 grams but the ti spindles have a 176lb weight limit. Aside from the few additional grams, there would be very few reasons to eschew this pedal for XC use. They're incredibly thin at just 17mm placing the rider closer to the axle and keeping the bottom of the pedal that much further from trail side hazards.

ht components t2 - 380 grams for the t2, or 332 grams for the ti spindled version
380 grams for the T2, or 332 grams for the Ti spindled version
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Platform


The wide platform provides a solid footbed and unlike the XTR M-9120 gave us a little bit of traction to interface with. The width of the CNC machined aluminum body underfoot feels substantial and stable under sprints and technical moves. Additionally, the grub pins helped to orient the pedal as we kicked for entry.


ht components t2 - clean or gritty, the t2 delivered the performance we craved on the...
Clean or gritty, the T2 delivered the performance we craved on the trails
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

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.


ht components t2 - a pedal that would disappear beneath our feet made the t2 a...
A pedal that would disappear beneath our feet made the T2 a favorite, even packed full of snow, performance and engagement were solid
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Should you buy the HT T-2?


This is a stellar pedal with very few compromises. Its 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. If you're looking for a high end mountain bike pedal with no compromises that's an alternative to SPD, look no further.

What Other Mountain Bike Pedals Should You Consider?


One of our other favorite pedals of this style is the Shimano XT M8120, it offers reliable, trouble free operation and a solid pedaling platform. If weight is of no concern, you might also consider the more substantial Shimano Saint M820

Joshua Hutchens