Three months ago I threaded a brand new pair of 45NRTH Helva Platform Pedals on to my Moonlander and I’m checking in to share a progress report on how these platforms have been performing. When I found out that I was getting 45NRTH’s top of the line pedal to test, I was a little concerned that their svelte, razor thin design wouldn’t hold up to the rather large number of pounds per square inch I bring to the table, but so far they’ve been trouble free. The Helva’s are a serious step up from both the plastic and aluminum pedals that I had used previously. The pins on the Helva fool me into thinking that I’m clipped in at times, especially if I’m wearing my five-ten mtb shoes, with their stealth rubber soles. I feel attached to the bike, even though, I’m really not! One of the really nice things about platforms is the freedom to wear just about any kind of footwear. I love the fact that I can jump on my fatty, in my slippers and take a ride down to the post office or take my dog Cecil out for a run around the hood. One of the cool features that 45NRTH built into their line of pedals is that the pins come in a variety of colors to match or contrast the color of your bike build. I went with black, but the color choices are: red, blue, green, orange, silver, black, and pewter. I’m also happy with the way that the finish on my test pedals has endured. We don’t have a lot of rock like Fruita Colorado, in Wisconsin, but I have run these pedals on beach, trail and gravel and as you can see in the pictures, they have held up very well.
I’m looking forward to using the Helvas all winter to see how they work with the footwear that I use for snow riding. I’ll have a long term review in another 3 or 4 months to let you know how they handle the Winter! Helva pedals are in stock at QBP and should be making their way to bike dealers very soon.