Forte Carve MTB Pedal Review

22 Jun

Box of Forte Carve pedals. Note the metal nameplate in the center of the pedals.

There are 3 contact points between you and the bike when you ride… The handlebars, the saddle, and the pedals/shoes. I have found that these three parts are what can most easily make or break a rider’s experience on a ride. And, in my opinion, these three points should be given a lot of testing and thought equipment wise. The saddle is probably the most important comfort wise, but the shoes and pedals are were all of your power transfer happens. If your shoes and pedals do not function properly, quite frankly, you’re screwed. It’s probably no coincidence that these 3 points can be some of the most expensive parts of a bike too. So that begs the question, can a $45 pair of Forte Pedals fight for themselves in the world of pedals?

Pearl Izumi All-Road Shoes attached to my Forte Carve pedals

In short, my experience says yes. The Forte Carve MTB Pedal is a double-sided entry SPD pedal design. It should be noted that I use these on my road bike with Pearl Izumi All-Road shoes. I am a road cyclist that rides with SPDs currently because I like the versatility of the shoes. Eventually I do plan on switching to road shoes and cleats but right now I do road cycling with SPDs. The pedals weigh 295g according to Performance Bicycle’s website and are made from an aluminum body and chromoly spindle. I haven’t seen any problem with wear or durability so far.

Some of the stats that the box gives

I have put about 450 miles on these pedals and I have to say, I have been unexpectedly pleasantly surprised. I knew I was buying Performance’s brand and that it doesn’t have the same great reputation as say Shimano. Now, I would have loved to buy some Shimano pedals, but I didn’t want to spend that much money because I knew that eventually I’ll be switching over to road equipment and that it wouldn’t be worth it to invest upwards of about $100 on a set of pedals that I wouldn’t be using heavily for years. The Carve pedals were also on sale for $40 so I picked those and decided to see how they worked. My old pedals were one sided entry and it was really annoying to try to get it on the right side after stopping so that was my main reason for buying new pedals.

Double sided entry on the Carve SPD pedals!

For the first couple rides I noticed that I was having trouble with my shoe slipping out of the pedal. I couldn’t figure it out but I knew it was a big problem. Having my foot come out during an out of the saddle climb and essentially falling on the saddle is NOT pleasant by any stretch of the imagination. OUCH! But I also realized that if I wasn’t prepared for it, my foot unexpectedly unclipping could even cause a crash. So I sat down one evening with my old pedals, new pedals, and shoes to try to figure out what was wrong. Turns out, the metal name plate in the center stuck up enough to the point where my cleat wouldn’t fully seat itself in the pedal. Luckily I was able to unscrew the name plate with a torx screwdriver. Then, I tried out the pedals, and what do you know? I didn’t have any issues with accidental unclipping!

Note the removal of the metal nameplate from the top. Much more secure after that minor adjustment!

After I fixed that problem, I haven’t had any issues of unclipping or anything really. They are easy to enter and exit but I feel confident in sprints that they will hold. They have 5 degrees of float and I haven’t had any knee problems with them the whole time! I honestly can say that I haven’t regretted going with the Forte Carve pedals at all. If you’re looking for a good quality, value priced pedal, you can’t beat these pedals.

Forte Carve pedals on my bike

*Note – These pedals were bought with my own money and this review was not affiliated with Performance Bicycle or Forte Parts in any way.*


Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Cycling, Product Reviews


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4 responses to “Forte Carve MTB Pedal Review

  1. Tim Nail

    July 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    You should look on Amazon. First off, since your a college student you get to use Amazon Prime for free so that means free 2 day shipping on most things, and secondly they have Shimano 105 pedals for right around 60.00. That is a steal considering they are priced around 120.00. The only thing that I would say is I haven’t ordered them, but they are on my to buy list. I hate that I cant buy them from All-Star, the LBS that I use, but for that price, its almost a gimme.

    • IronDevil

      July 9, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      I saw those 105 pedals, and I’m definitely planning on getting those before the end of summer! However, that also means I’ll have to get new shoes as well. But I’m planning on using my performance bike points for those so hopefully I can pick up the pedals and shoes for 60 bucks. That would be amazing!

  2. Tim Nail

    July 16, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    That’s going to be the next upgrade on my list. THe black 105’s with the Specialized Trivent Expert Shoes. Hopefully a big improvement on the power output, plus a little help in T1.


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