There’s a huge choice of flat pedals on the market, with plenty of experimental designs, flamboyant colours and claims of low weight all tempting you to make an upgrade. The Horizon pedal hits the spot for us.

What we look for first is a pedal with a good shape and well-placed and easily removable pins. With sticky soled shoes now a given, traction is rarely an issue bit there are plenty of goofy pedal shapes out there with odd bulges or strange profiles that are a non-starter for us. With almost all our test riders on flats, there are plenty of discussions on the subject and it’s not hard to spot a winning pedal design.

Nukeproof and flat pedals go hand in hand. With a Sam Hill signature version of this Horizon pedal topping the list, the design cues trickle down the range. This is a flat pedal that sits alongside the DMR Vault as a design that was bang on from the start. There are two versions of this metal pedal – the Pro and Sam Hill – and a budget nylon/composite model. They all use the same winning shape.


It’s the standard Pro pedal that hits the sweet spot for us and will be the model for most riders. With a large concave platform, the shape is pleasing and works well with most shoes designs. The Horizon is not far off the DMR Vault in sizing and has plenty of thought gone in to the shaping to reduce the risk of pedal strikes. The aluminium body is CNC finished with laser-etched graphics giving these flats a classy look.

‘This flat pedal sits alongside the DMR Vault as a design that was bang on from the start’

The Horizons sit low to the axle with excellent placement of the pins. There’s no ‘bearing bulge’ on the inner side near the crank arm, to interfere with foot placement – just a clean and flat surface. With ten pins on each side of the platform, traction is a given but these can be easily removed from behind and height adjusted with the supplied washers. A nice detail; we prefer pins like these as they’re easier to remove when damaged.

Bearing quality is up to snuff for messy UK conditions too. A combination of DU bushings and double cartridge bearings keeps the standard cro-mo axles (or a titanium option if you want to shave more weight…) spinning smoothly.

With input from one of the most well known flat pedal racers these were going to be a sure fire contender from the start. Plenty of options and excellent spares back up add to the appeal of this well sorted pedal design. You can’t go wrong with these flats.


Sam Hill Horizon: £79.99, £174.99 ti axle

Horizon Pro: £69.99, £169.99 ti axle

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