45NRTH Helva Pedal ♦ Long Term Review

45nrth helva pedal

Ten months ago, we introduced you to 45NRTH’s Helva pedal and started our product test. The photo above shows the Helvas fresh out of their box, all clean and virgin-like.

Helva Pedal Noir

Three months later we offered a progress report on the Helva’s and the pedal noir photo (above) shows you what our test set of pedals, looked like 7 months ago.

Helva Before and after

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As you can see, in the photo above, the last seven months has not been easy on our set of 45NRTH Helva test pedals. However, we shouldn’t judge a set of pedals by their cosmetics. These pedals have literally gone through hell and high water. After 10 months of being stomped through snow, slush, sand, lakes, streams, dirt, rocks, derbies and grit, these pedals continue to do their job, extremely well. The Helva’s over sized sealed bearings and outer bushing have not developed any slop and have remained smooth throughout the obvious torture that they’ve endured. The Helvas have required zero repairs or adjustments. They’ve worked well with the Size 13 Sorel Conquest boots that I ride in the winter as well as Lake winter cycling boots and every form of sneaker or sandal in my wardrobe. These pedals grip extremely well on a set of 5-Ten cycling shoes that I ride in occasionally. They grip so well, that they fool me into thinking that I’m ‘clipped in’ while wearing that particular pair of shoes. The Helvas are Light – Strong – and (no surprise) Expensive. In this tester’s opinion, the Helva pedal is worth every penny. This is not just a good set of pedals. Based on my experience, from riding them over the past ten months, I think these are a great set of pedals!

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3 Responses to 45NRTH Helva Pedal ♦ Long Term Review

  1. Fattie L July 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    I have a customer who put 11,000 miles on a set of heiruspecs and the only thing we’ve serviced were the pins. Awesome pedals IMO too.

  2. Adam August 12, 2013 at 1:46 am #

    Hey Gomez

    Thank you for the write-up, I’ve been looking at these for my new Pugs. I have some HT AE02s on another bike which also feel like I’m “clipped in”….but I wanted something different. These definitely fit the bill, so I may have to stump up! Haha!


  3. Whit Johnson January 7, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    I just got a pair of these pedals and after one ride i’m looking to sell them. If you look at them from the side, the big bearing creates a pretty pronounced LUMP right next to the crankarm which forces you to move your foot to the outside of it increasing the effective Q-factor. With other flat’s with smaller diameter bearings you can have your foot closer to the crankarm by several mm’s. I found myself always rearranging my foot to get the inside ball of my foot off of the bearing bump. Other than this, they’re beautiful pedals in every way. But with my current 220mm Q-factor, i don’t like how these pedals make me feel…

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