ANVL TILT FLAT PEDALS
Chiseled masterpiece of a flat pedal
ANVL Components was started by a group of riders in 2012 with not only decades of riding experience but also many years of designing and manufacturing mountain bike parts. They felt the component-makers at the time weren’t listening to the needs of riders, nor keeping up with the awesome advances in bike technology. Rather than bolt components they didn’t like to their bikes, they made their own, and ANVL Components was born. The name ANVL comes from the old-school artisan blacksmith tool used to literally hammer out the smallest details of a component before it’s used. The ANVL design team loves to apply this mentality to their products as they turn out functional and beautiful components to ride.
The Tilt flats are ANVL’s only pedals in the lineup. Given that these guys spend most of their time either turning laps on gravity bikes or shredding their local trails in Ferndale, Washington, we’re not surprised they prefer flats. The Tilt is available in three different versions—the aluminum-body/CroMo-axle version tested here, a titanium-axle version that sheds roughly 50 grams, and a nylon-body version that’s even lighter for the dirt-jump and BMX crowd. Our test pedals feature a combination of three cartridge bearings and a single DU bushing to keep them spinning. They also sport 20 replaceable pins threaded into the CNC- machined body, which is 8 millimeters thick. The Tilt alloy pedals tip the scales at 422 grams (just shy of 1 pound) and sell for $130.
Field test results:
Take one look at the pedals in this test and you can tell they’ve been put through the wringer. These things have been all over the globe with us over the past couple years, serving diligently as our go-to gravity and aggressive all-mountain pedal setup of choice. They fall under the category of “components you tend to forget,” because they do their job so well. The slim profile is mated with bulletproof bearings that have given us no issues whatsoever—a feat that’s not easily achieved. The sculpted design serves as a super-ergonomic platform that mates well to any sticky rubber shoe. The shape lacks the “bearing bulge” we’ve seen with other pedals that are this thin, and this lends confidence and keeps your feet in place when they need to be. Simply put, these pedals work very well. Sure, they’re not the lightest or flashiest, but there’s nothing critical we can say beyond that.
•Proven durability over many years of testing
•Awesome traction thanks to solid shape
•Weighty, unless you go for the titanium axle
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