OneUp Components flat pedals first look

Grippy pedals ideal for aggressive riding in wet, tricky conditions

Pedals
OneUp Components Alloy Pedal Jacob

A large platform of 115mm x 105mm x 12mm are featured in the OneUp Alloy pedal.

OneUp Components has attacked the flat pedals market with two offerings that are thin, sensible, and reasonably priced. Ideal for aggressive riding in wet, tricky conditions, OneUp offers some of the grippiest pedals we’ve seen in a while.

Mtbr’s Take

We’ve been riding these pedals for a month and are very impressed thus far. The Alloys weigh 360 grams with a big platform and 12mm thickness at the axle. They are intuitive to use, as one can position the feet close to the crank with no obstructions because the inboard bearing is neatly tucked out of the way. The platform is big at 115mm x 105mm so the pedal is easy to find, but it is not in the way of rocks and roots since it is fairly thin and beveled at the edges.

On the trail, it is dialed and confidence inspiring. The grip is truly incredible with the long, ribbed pins so one almost feels clipped in. Changing foot positions requires a deliberate lift and replace, as these pedals hold Five Ten rubber that securely. The slips, spins, and fumbles found in lesser pedals are non-existent here. The pedal-shoe interface stays locked in the rockiest descents, as one heels down on descents and puts the heel up on jumps.

OneUp Alloy Pedals Weight

The OneUp Alloy pedals weigh 180 grams each.

Downsides

In the stock configuration, the pins are long and sharp. If the pedal hits you it will probably cut you. Also changing pedal position mid-corner is very difficult to do. But the pins are configurable with options so the rider can optimize for their style and desired amount of grip and risk. It’s good to know that the ultimate grip is available if desired.

We took the composite pedals to Moab on a 7-day road trip and they still look new despite many rock strikes. To call this one of the best value components today is not an exaggeration.

OneUp Composite Pedals

We battered these OneUp Composite pedals in Moab and had no issues whatsoever.

OneUp Components Alu Flat Pedal Iso Front Green

Color options include the company’s signature green.

Words From the Manufacturer

Bikes are getting lower, so pedals need to get thinner. OneUp’s ultra-thin design (only 8mm at the leading edge) gives you maximum clearance on the most technical trails. With 10 replaceable steel pins per side your feet will stay planted through the roughest sections and with a weight of just 355g, OneUp Aluminum Pedals won’t slow you down on the climbs.

Where reliability is concerned, there’s no room for compromise. That’s why OneUp chose double-sealed, full-cartridge bearings and no bushings for ultimate durability. When it is time to service your bearings, the unique cassette tool lock ring system makes re-greasing the bearings a breeze.

OneUp Components Alu Flat Pedal Section Green

This cutaway reveals the design internals.

OneUp Components Aluminum Specifications
  • Thickness: 12mm (8mm at the leading edge)
  • Platform Size: 115x105mm
  • Weight: 355g
  • Pins: 10 Hexagonal steel pins per side (less surface area than a round pin = more grip)
  • Colors: Black, Green, Grey
  • Body Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum
  • Axle Material: Chromoly steel
OneUp Components Composite Flat Pedal Iso Front Black

The plastic model in black is 18mm thick and costs $48.

The plastic model has the same platform size, weight and replaceable pins as the Aluminum Pedal, but at less than half the price. And cartridge bearing and DU bushing internals enhance the overall package.

OneUp Composite Pedals

These OneUp Composite pedals felt right at home in Fruita, CO.

OneUp Composite Pedal Specs
  • Thickness: 18mm (13 at the leading edge)
  • Platform Size: 115x105mm
  • Weight: 355g
  • Pins: 10 replaceable steel pins per side
  • Color: Black
  • Body Material: Nylon Composite
  • Axle Material: Chromoly steel
OneUp Components Alloy Pedal Jacob

Great view of the OneUp Alloy pedals in action.

Both OneUp pedals have a very subtle convex profile. OneUp claims that this convex shape gives you more grip and support, as it allows the pedal to sit in the natural arch of your midfoot, whereas most flat pedal riders tend to place their feet. The convex profile also creates the thinnest leading edge and the best clearance for a given axle design.

Rebuild kits will be available for both models, to ensure full servicing for years to come. Replacement pins and pin height adjustment kits coming soon.

For more information, visit oneupcomponents.com.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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