Review: ANVL Tilt Flat Pedals
Take a look inside the pedal's 6061 aluminum body and you'll find two sealed cartridge bearings and a bushing, which rotate on a chromoly spindle. Along with the basic black version pictured here, the Tilt pedals are available in orange, grey, and blue to meet all your color-coordinating needs. MSRP: $100 USD.
PerformanceThe Tilt pedals earn extremely high marks for the level of grip they provide – the concave shape combined with those tall pins kept my feet securely into place no matter how rough the trail. I prefer my pedals to have as much grip as possible, but I can envision riders who want to be able to re-position their feet a little more easily removing a few of the pins. The pedal platform isn't the absolute widest, but the dimensions provided plenty of support for my size 11 feet, and the lack of an inboard bearing bulge opens up more foot placement options compared to some of the ultra-thin pedals out there. On the topic of pins, that's really my only gripe with the design of the Tilt – they all thread in from the top, which means that replacing them when they're damaged or worn down will likely involve a set of vice grips. That's not the end of the world, but it is a downside of the design when compared to a pedal like the DMR Vault, or the Kona Wah Wah II pictured below. That being said, after three months of riding I still haven't broken or completely mangled any pins. The bearings are spinning smoothly, even after multiple extra-muddy rides that were followed by a thorough hose down. In addition, there was plenty of grease on the spindles when I pulled the pedals apart to take a look.
How Do They Compare?
ANVL and Kona are both based in the Pacific Northwest, but they're taken two different routes when it comes to flat pedal design. The Tilt pedals are slightly more conservative; they're relatively thin and wide, but they don't push the boundaries of either dimension. The Wah Wah II's do push things close to the limit, with one of the widest platforms out there at 120 x 118mm, and a height of only 12mm at the thinnest point.On the trail, the difference is noticeable, but I didn't have trouble adapting to either shape. For overall grip the Tilt pedals take the win, thanks to the taller and slightly thicker pins; they create a more locked in feel than the Wah Wahs. That extra security is great for DH riding and extra-muddy days when the last thing you want to do is slip a pedal. However, for all-day trail riding comfort the even wider dimensions of the Wah Wah pedals are the way to go, particularly if you have big feet. I've been riding the Wah Wahs longer than the Tilt, so it's not as easy to compare durability, although I did find that the large inboard bearing on the Wah Wahs needed a rebuild quicker than I'd expected. The Tilt's bearings are more protected from the elements, and so far are holding up very well.
|ANVL hit the mark with the new Tilt pedals – they have a good shape, tons of traction, and a competitive price. — Mike Kazimer|