Asetek SimSports Forte Sim Racing Pedals


Asetek was founded in 1997 by André Eriksen as a private cooling technology company and then, in 2000, it became a full-fledged market for gaming and PC enthusiasts. In 2021 Asetek expanded with the Invicta Sim Racing Pedals, while they already revealed that it would not stop there. The Forte Sim Racing Pedals have now been added in 2022 and if we are to believe the socials of Asetek, there is much more in the pipeline this year. Because we’ve had good ties with the company since Asetek’s entry into the sim racing world, we received the Forte pedals from them to share our experience with you.

At the time of writing, the Forte Sim Racing Pedals are available for €499.00. The optional Invicta clutch will cost you € 249.00 extra and can be used on both the Forte and Invicta pedals. A Forte footplate is also included with the clutch pedal so that the set looks and feels as a whole.

Packaging & Content

Our Forte Sim Racing Pedals are packed in a white outer box containing a beautiful black product box. The black product box is clearly marked with the Asetek Sim Sports logo. We always like it when attention is paid to packaging, this point has certainly been achieved. As soon as you open the box you will find the text ‘Excellence is not a skill, It’s an attitude’ on the inside, which says a lot about how Asetek is positioning itself in the market. The pedals are protected in the box as one unit, along with 2 extra elastomer inserts (medium and hard) and 2 USB cables (USB-A to USB-C and USB-C to USB-C). The pedals are completely adjustable without tools, so you don’t need more. Although the contents are fine fundamentally, we do miss some mounting materials for mounting on your sim rig.

Note: The packaging received by us is NOT the final version. This is due to supply constraints in the cardboard and printing industry. The final units will have custom parts internally in the packaging, a unique Forte sleeve and (of course) manuals, warranty statements, etc.

Technique & Quality

The Forte Sim Racing Pedals feature a signature Asetek SimSports design and come with a 2 year warranty. Basically, the Forte Sim Racing pedal set consists of components that are all aluminum cast and then neatly finished. The Forte Sim Racing Pedals have been tested for 1+ million cycles to ensure a long life. As mentioned before, the pedals are toolless adjustable, meaning you don’t need any tools to change settings on your pedals. As far as we are concerned, this is a huge plus for this pedal set.

With both pedals you can adjust the angle using the adjusting screws on the front. The footplates can be moved in 2 positions, with this you determine the height of the pedal. On the accelerator pedal you can adjust the travel, force and pre-load. You can set pre-load on the brake pedal and adjust the brake pressure from soft to medium or hard by means of the 2 extra supplied elastomer inserts. The brake pedal has a load cell sensor with a maximum load of 180 kg (with the hard elastomer). On the brake pedal is a Mechanical Load Cell Powered Cylinder (M.L.C.P.C brake cylinder). The M.L.C.P.C. brake cylinder prevents excessive deformation of elastomers to extend the life of the elastomers. The pedal set consists of one fixed piece meaning that adjusting the distance between the pedals itself is not possible, we have to experience in practice whether this is actually a disadvantage or not. To give the set even more color, a LED strip has been incorporated in the pedals, which can also visualize telemetry data in the future.

Assembly

Mounting the pedals is fairly straightforward. There are 4 holes in the pedal plate, which gives you enormous flexibility when mounting on profiles and pedal plates of the different brands of simrigs. We mount the pedals on our TREQ One Simrig where the base of the pedal plate consists of aluminum profiles. By clicking 4 pieces of M6 t-slot nuts into the profiles, it is a matter of aligning them and securing the set with 4 pieces of M6 bolts. Unfortunately we can’t make it more exciting.

RaceHub Software

Asetek has developed the RaceHub software for installing and configuring their products. To use the Forte pedals you need version 1.2.0. or higher required from RaceHub. Connecting the pedals is also plug-and-play. First you install the correct RaceHub software and then you can connect the pedals to the computer using one of the supplied USB cables. Then, the pedals are automatically recognized by Windows. If the pedals are connected correctly and you open the RaceHub software, the pedals are visually displayed as a 3D animation. The software has a modern appearance and is extremely user-friendly.

The pedals are calibrated by Asetek by default so that you can use the set as a plug-and-play. However, as soon as you start making mechanical adjustments to the pedals, the pedals need to be recalibrated. Calibrating is easy by clicking the ‘Calibrate’ button and following the instructions on the screen. The recalibration can be done individually per pedal so that you can quickly get back on the road. In the RaceHub software you can set a deadzone, pedal maps (curve) and LED settings. The calibration and settings that you adjust in the software are immediately active, they are written to the EPROM in the pedals realtime.

Asetek has indicated that the software is still in development, with user profile settings, pedal presets, advanced LED settings and Game integration to be added at a later date.

Adjust & Usage

As already mentioned, the pedals can be adjusted toolless, which makes adjusting your pedals a simple job. After adjusting, recalibrate the pedal and you’re good to go. As far as we are concerned, Asetek has thought about this very well and this makes on-the-fly adjustments very pleasant. The adjustments to the pedals are made by means of adjusting screws which are all orange in color. You can adjust the angle of the pedal on the front of the pedals. At the back of the accelerator pedal you can set the travel (how deep you can press the pedal). You can adjust the resistance via the axis of the pedals. Because of this simple way of adjusting, we didn’t spend very long adjusting our set.

Unfortunately, the pedals cannot be placed further apart due to the fixed construction on the pedal plate. What is possible, and what we have also done, is to move the footplates one notch to the left or to the right. By default, the footplates are mounted in the middle holes and because you can move them half a centimeter to the left or right, you can create just a little more or less space between the footplates. In our case we moved the foot plate of the brake pedal one screw hole to the left and the one on the accelerator pedal one screw hole to the right, this provides an inch more space which is just a little more comfortable for us.

Because we like to ride Assetto Corsa Competizione, this is also the software in which we tested the pedals the most. But F1 2021 was also extensively used as a proving ground during this review. Our first impression, driving the first meters in our virtual race cars, was a familiar feeling. The pedals are very firm, agile, smooth and feel natural. The pedals are also very sock-friendly due to the structure used on the footplates. The footplates slide under your foot without directly losing grip on the pedal. The pedal set is equipped with a heel plate, which is slightly rounded and this gives you a very comfortable position on the pedals.

The accelerator has a 16-bit magnetic hall TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) with no mechanical wear and no maintenance. The pedal reacts very precisely and is easy to dose. When calibrating, we have set a start and end dead zone. The initial dead zone so that you don’t accidentally accelerate while braking because your foot rests on the accelerator pedal, the end dead zone so that you don’t have to push the pedal at full throttle which to us feels just a bit more comfortable. When fully applying the accelerator pedal, the pedal hits the metal end stop, the pedal also has a metal base and you can hear this. This is not necessarily a disadvantage, but a rubber bumpstop would have been in place. Fortunately, Asetek listens carefully to their supporters, so who knows, maybe a good solution will come on the market.

The brake pedal is a load cell variant, with which you brake purely on strength and muscle memory. With the brake pedal we have driven with both the soft, medium and hard elastomers. For us, the medium elastomer was the most all-round in this. Where the soft elastomer is really too soft for the GT’s and the F1’s, the hard elastomer was most suitable for the F1’s. The load cell sensor, which can be loaded up to 180 kg, does its job well and you can properly stomp on your pedal to get the maximum out of it. With the pedal we have only set an initial deadzone. While driving you mostly rest your foot on the brake pedal and by setting an initial dead zone you prevent the car from accidentally braking when this happens. The pedal is equipped with a 2-stage system to simulate the feeling of the distance between brake disc and brake pad. In itself this works well, but we feel we are kicking the first few millimeters in a vacuum. If there were a small foamy ring in between, this feeling would come into its own and simulate reality even better.

We have been able to test the Forte pedals for more than 2 months to be able to give a good judgment. During this period we did not come across anything worth mentioning and the pedals did exactly what they were supposed to do. The pedals have more than surprised us as you get a lot of quality for a relatively low price. Since the release of the Asetek pedals, we’ve thought that not being able to space them apart could be a drawback, but in practice we can actually handle it just fine. In terms of completeness, we have nothing to complain about and we were able to get along well with the supplied elastomers. Asetek has announced that they will come with an optional elastomer kit with five different hardnesses. Different springs for the accelerator pedal will also be available as an upgrade. We are satisfied, but this makes us more curious about what else is possible with the Forte pedals.

Conclusion

With the introduction of the Invicta pedals, Asetek has established a very good basis for their entry into the sim racing world. With the announcement of the Forte pedals, our expectations were high.

The pedals do what they’re supposed to do and they do it very well. The natural feel, precision and looks make the Forte a very complete set. The set is solidly built and feels very sturdy. The toolless adjustment of the pedals is an absolute plus and makes adjustments to the pedals very easy. The accelerator pedal reacts very accurate and is easy to dose. The lack of a rubber bump stop on the accelerator creates a metal on metal sound when fully depressing the pedal. The brake pedal offers sufficient possibilities to get the most out of it. The 2-stage braking system is thought through well, with which you simulate the distance between brake disc and brake pad. However, because you’re kicking into a vacuum for the first few millimeters, we didn’t quite get that feeling as it was intended. For example, by using a foam-like ring, this feeling will come into its own and simulate reality even better.

We would have liked it if there were some extra mounting materials for mounting on your simrig in the box. Not being able to place the pedals apart could be a consideration for some people to opt for a different pedal set. We were skeptical about this too, but because you can place the footplates a little further apart, we can actually use it quite well in practice. The RaceHub software is very user-friendly and calibration and adjustment of software settings can be done quickly.

As far as we are concerned, Asetek has lived up to our expectations. The Forte pedals are relatively reasonably priced and we dare to say that these pedals definitely belong in the high-end range and compete with the established names. The Forte are, as Asetek themselves also says, AFFORTEABLE. We are really looking forward to seeing what else Asetek SimSports has in store in the future, and how their ecosystem continues to expand.

Have you, after reading our review, also become so enthusiastic?! The Asetek SimSports Forte Sim Racing Pedals are available via the Asetek webshop or via the Simwear webshop.

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