OneUp Composite flat pedal review

Is this the best pedal under $50?

Pedals
OneUp Composite Flat Pedal

Nylon pedal is more impervious to scratches.

What is it?

There’s been a lot of development in the flat pedals category in recent years as riders have migrated towards this option to better explore the world of unclipped riding. Flat pedals improve the safety margin for most riders as they’re able to handle more technical terrain without being locked on to the bike. Flats also improve the skill set of the rider as they learn to stay connected to the bike without being attached to it.

OneUp Composite Flat Pedal

Excelled in the gnarly terrain of Moab.

OneUp Components introduced two pedals recently, an aluminum one for $125 and this composite model available at $48 a pair. We’ve been fascinated with this composite pedal not only because of its low price but also because of our experience with composite pedals absorbing rock blows without jarring the rider and without showing much damage to the pedal.

OneUp Composite Flat Pedal

OneUp Composite pedal and Race Face Chester side by side.

Pros
  • $48 price for quality design and construction
  • Very grippy, without being too sharp
  • Large 115x110mm platform, with coverage close to the crank
  • Excellent pin layout and textured material
  • Fairly thin
  • Spins freely without wobble
  • Nylon material absorbs shock and hardly shows scratches
  • Open design sheds mud and debris well
  • 360 gram weight is very respectable
Cons
  • Stock pins can be too sharp for some
  • No fancy colors
  • Very grippy so may need to lift feet to reposition shoes
OneUp Composite Flat Pedal

Pins are long and grippy.

Mtbr’s Take

We rode this pedal in our local forests and felt confident enough to take it on a 10-day road trip to Moab and Fruita. The pedals performed flawlessly and just seemed to get better with time as they spun more freely and the edges were smoothed out.

The best thing about them is the grip. Heel down, heel up or pedaling out of saddle, the pedals always provided reliable and predictable grip. They felt very natural with FiveTen Freerider Pro shoes. These shoes don’t have the stickiest sole available but they were a perfect match with the OneUp shoes providing pedaling efficiency and grip.

The platform is big at 115×110 without being too big as it extends the pedaling surface close to the crank where the axle meets it. 10 long, removable pins are placed at the outer edges and on the middle of the pedal.

The platform is fairly open so although untested in our road trip, we can see that this pedal will shed mud well. Edges are chamfered as well to deflect obstacles and rock hits.

Aside from being more affordable compared to aluminum pedals, nylon pedals seen to ride better in the rocks. During those inevitable rock hits, they absorb some of the shock and vibration thus reducing the fatigue to the rider. And clean them up a bit and the scratches seem to disappear on the nylon surface.

Are they better than the venerable Race Face Chester pedals at $55? Yes! They weigh exactly the same at 360 grams but the OneUps deliver much more grip. The platform is a touch bigger and the grippier, longer pins are positioned better. And it has a more open, mud-shedding design.

OneUp Composite Flat Pedal

OneUp Composite pedal weighs 180 grams each as well.

Specs
  • Weight: 355g
  • Platform Size: 115x105mm
  • # of Pins: 10 per side
  • Axle Material: Black chromoly steel
  • Height: 18.5mm (13.3 at the leading edge)
  • Pin to Axle distance: 108mm
  • Color: Stealth Black
  • Body Material: Nylon Composite

Rating: 5 out of 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers 5 Flamin' Chili Peppers
Price: $48
More info: www.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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  • Smithhammer says:

    Wow – hard to imagine a pedal that has MORE grip than the Chesters, which are already a seriously grippy pedal in my experience. But in general I agree with the observations about high quality composite pedals like the One Ups and Chesters – they absorb hist better and long-term wear better. Same sealed and serviceable internals. And they weigh no more, in many cases less, than their alloy competition. Not sure why people are still paying $150 for alloy pedals these days…

  • bikedreamer says:

    I’m fascinated by how flat pedals are becoming all the rage. I tried clipless for mountain biking, but never liked the feeling of being “fastened” to the bike. I would happily give the OneUp Comps a go – they look like more than a match for the Kona Jackschitts that I used.

  • NastyNick says:

    What are the odds? I was about to buy the alloy version of these, but this review has really made me wonder:

    The biggest difference will come down to pedal strike frequency and rider impact. The alloy pedals are 5-6mm thinner and will strike fewer rocks, but the rider impact with composite pedals will feel lesss harsh. I guess? Ultimately, which version will help prevent significant strikes the best?

    • Cutyall says:

      You’re going to smack your pedals on rocks eventually. The aluminum pedals may be thinner, but the aluminum will grab onto rocks. The nylon is thicker, but when you do hit a rock, it hits and slides way better than aluminum. The nylon will also absorb some of the vibrations when you hit a rock, keeping you mostly in control. Also, the nylons are only $48.

  • SteveH says:

    I bought a set of Crankbrothers Stamp pedals at the start of this season to experiment with platform pedals, after years of riding with SPD clips (and anxiety over low-speed stall-falls). After several months of anxiety-free riding, I’m pretty much sold on platforms.
    Looking at all the damage on the Stamps, and considering how much more frequently I pedal strike with the platforms (probably due to both the larger pedal size, as well as different pedaling technique due to being unable to pull up on the pedal), I’m becoming convinced that materially cheap(-er) constructions (ie composite instead of metal) that still have good design (lots of pins per side that are back-side turnable) is the best approach to the platform pedal.
    I’ve found my next platform pedal.

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