From the trail mecca of Squamish in British Columbia, OneUp are a brand who offer all kinds of mountain bike components according to the motto “work less ride more”, often relying on innovative solutions while still keeping it simple. We compared their Composite Pedals to 9 other flat pedals in our group test.
The OneUp composite pedals seem average in many respects. The weight of 364 g per pair is mid-pack amongst the composite pedals, the platform size is neither particularly large nor particularly small, and 10 pins per side is in line with the test field average, too. The € 59.50 price point also sits in the middle of the composite models. But that doesn’t mean they’re bad. The bearings are dual sealed, which does a better job of preventing dirt and water from getting inside. To remove the axle and loosen the nut on the inside, you’ll need a long and skinny 9 mm socket, as with many other pedals. The pedals are 14 mm tall, but they’re slightly thicker in the middle to accommodate the axles, which is typical for composite models, and means that the OneUp have slightly convex platforms.
The OneUp Composite Pedals on the trail
On the trail, the OneUp pedals offer a good level of grip, but still allow you to adjust your feet. Not only do they look very similar to the LOOK pedals, but they’re also comparable in terms of feel and grip – although the OneUp have two more pins. You’ve got to make sure that your feet are placed correctly to keep them put when things get rough. OneUp say the convex platforms are better adapted to the arches of your feet. However, our testers feel that this makes it less intuitive to find the correct position while providing a less secure footing than pedals with concave platforms – similar to the way standing on a concave skateboard feels more planted than standing on a flat board. Their self-cleaning is acceptable, but dirt can easily accumulate in the two smaller cut outs on the outside.
The OneUp Composite Pedals may seem average at first glance, but they turned out to be extremely reliable and performed well during our test. Although they don’t offer the most grip, it’s more than sufficient for most situations. However, dirt can easily accumulate in the smaller outside cut outs in very muddy conditions. Overall, however, you get a great set of pedals with the OneUp, which will hardly hold anyone back on the trail. Our Best Buy!
- good grip
- mediocre self-cleaning
You can find out more about at oneupcomponents.com
Click here for an overview: The best pedals for mountain bikers
all pedals in Review: Acros Clipless Pedal | Crankbrothers Mallet E LS | Hope Union | HT T2 | Shimano XT PD-M8120 | TIME SPECIALE 12 | Chromag Dagga | Crankbrothers Stamp 7 | Hope F22 | Look Trail Fusion | Nukeproof Horizon Pro Sam Hill | OneUp Composite Pedal | Race Face Atlas | Sixpack Kamikaze RA | SQ Lab 50X | Tatze Link Composite |
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Words: Simon Kohler Photos: Jan Richter