Review: OneUp Components Aluminium MTB Platform Pedals

What’s missing on most bikes at the moment of purchase, but is so essential to get going? Correct, pedals! Here is my review of a light and grippy pair of flat pedals.

OneUp Components Aluminium Platform Pedals

Body Material aluminium (6061-T6)
Axle Material steel (CrMo)
Bearings cartridge
Dimension (Length x Width x Height) 114 mm x 102 mm x 12 mm
Number of Pins 20 per Pedal
Weight 355 g

When I got a new rig myself, I also needed pedals and had the chance to lay my hands on the new OneUp Aluminium platforms. No doubt, on easy terrain, almost any pedal will do. But then, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. For Trail, Enduro and Gravity riders, it’s mainly when the front wheel starts pointing downhill, that well-performing pedals become important. During the last few years the contact area of platform pedals has increased. This provides extra grip and safety. I’m a strong believer in wide platforms as it means added security, which directly translates into more speed and fun. I have done a good amount of riding and testing with the new OneUp Components Aluminium pedals on my Liteville 301, my 29” Transition Smuggler Trail bike and on my 27.5” Transition Patrol Enduro in races and on training rides.

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Rainer shredding trails with the OneUp pedal.

Rainer shredding trails with the OneUp pedal.

Flat, wide body, big bearings

I really like the look of the wide, CNC-machined aluminium pedal body. It’s very flat and contrasts with the big bearing housings, which look ultra-durable. It takes an 8 mm Allen wrench to mount the pedals. One remark, should you be using protector sleeves for fancy carbon cranks, you might have to use scissors to widen the hole a bit so that the OneUps large axles fit through.

The flat pedal body contrasts with the huge bearings.

The flat pedal body contrasts with the huge bearings.

20 long pins on each side

Each pedal features 20 super long pins, which underlines OneUp’s mission for maximum grip. Of course, you want to avoid burying these into your thigh, but then this never happened to me as I simply never slipped off the pedals. Once you set your feet on them, they stay put, almost like a clipless pedal. Provided you use a grippy pair of shoes.

Wide contact area, 20 long pins per pedal and low profile.

Wide contact area, 20 long pins per pedal and low profile.

Light and robust

The pedals weigh a mere 355 grams per pair, considering their sheer size, the steel axles and very robust aluminium body. Compared to magnesium pedals with similar weight, the OneUps are way more durable and built to endure rock scrapings and big hits. The fact that the pedals are only 12 mm thick should also help, but then that also depends on the height of the bottom bracket of your bike.

My verdict

Since the OneUp pedals performed excellently during the last few weeks, I will definitely keep them. I can only recommend these wide and grippy pedals for descent oriented riders. It’s too early to comment on the durability of the bearings, but I’m optimistic that they will hold up as well. 

Take it easy guys and ride hard!