Deity TMAC flat pedal review

Massive concave platform offers unsurpassed grip

Pedals
The TMAC is Tyler McCaul’s signature pedal and was in development for over three years.

The TMAC is Tyler McCaul’s signature pedal and was three years in development (click to enlarge).

Lowdown: Deity TMAC Flat Pedal

While the Deity TMAC pedal may not be the lightest or thinnest pedal on the market, the use of a symmetrical platform and concave body provide tremendous levels of grip and comfort. Find out more in our full review below.

Stat Box
Size: 110mm x 105mm footprint Weight: 409 grams
Pins: 14 per side, 28 total MSRP: $169
Colors: Ano black, red, blue, green, purple, powder coat white Rating: 4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 Chilis-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Impressive grip
  • Cost
  • Large platform
  • Not the lightest or thinnest
  • Extra pins included
  • Numerous color options, including ano purple

Review: Deity TMAC Flat Pedal

After three years in development, Deity released the Tyler McCaul Signature Pedal late last year. During that time frame the brand designed, finalized, redesigned, and then redesigned again, until they finally created a product they were proud of.

Unlike most pedals, the platform is centered along the axle.

Unlike most pedals, the platform is centered along the axle (click to enlarge).

What sets this pedal apart from others is that the platform body is centered on the axle. A decade ago flat pedals experienced a surge in popularity, but due to their thick profile, brands would offset the platform to allow the foot to engage faster. As pedals have become thinner and brought the foot closer to the spindle, Deity contends this is no longer required.

The slightly concave shape of the TMAC platform is barely noticeable.

The slightly concave shape of the TMAC platform is barely noticeable (click to enlarge).

In addition to being symmetrical, the TMAC platform is also concave. The other edge of the pedal taper up 2.5mm from the center of the body to help enhance grip. Strategically placed along each side of the large 110x105mm forged platform are 14 pins. The entire structure spins on a combination of micro sealed bearings, DU bushings, and a heat treated cro-molly spindle.

Beware of There are 14 pins per side and 28 pins per pedals.

There are 14 pins per side and 28 pins per pedals (click to enlarge).

In your hand, the TMAC is not noticeably bigger than competitors such as the VP Harrier, but underfoot the feel is different due to the symmetrical shape. Even when paired with street shoes, the level of grip is outstanding. The only other pedals I’ve tested that can compare in terms of pure traction are the Specialized Boomslangs.

The best part? The TMAC is available in just about every color. The purple ano tested here was the perfect compliment to the Juliana Roubion we have in for review.

The best part? The TMAC is available in just about every color. The purple ano tested here was the perfect compliment to the Juliana Roubion bike we have in for review (click to enlarge).

While the TMAC pedal may not be the lightest or thinnest pedal on the market, the use of a symmetrical platform and concave body provide tremendous amounts of grip and comfort. They’re easily some of the best pedals I’ve reviewed in years and I would not hesitate to recommend them — especially in the purple ano. The only downside to these platforms is the cost. At almost $170, they’re on the pricy end of the spectrum.

For more information visit www.deitycomponents.com.

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  • jerry's kid says:

    I have these on my dirt jumper. They feel very nice under foot. The symmetrical design is very noticeable in a good way. Feels very stable and comfy. Grip is really good. They kinda stick to your shoes for a few rides and then when the pins dull a little you can pull your feet off and readjust easily but still have the great grip. My only issue is I want them to spin slower for no-foot tricks. I’m not sure how to do that.

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