Review – Oneup Composite Pedals
Twice as good for half the price
OneUp Components was founded by Chris, Jon and Sam—three former Race Face engineers who quit their stable jobs to chase a dream. That dream was to design products for passionate mountain bikers such as themselves. In fact, these guys told us that they only make products that they would be willing to pay full retail for. OneUp is currently headquartered in Squamish, British Columbia. If you’ve never been to Squamish, we highly recommend you put this mountain biking Mecca at the top of your list.
OneUp offers a wide range of compo- nents and continues to add new and inno- vative products each year. OneUp’s EDC (Every Day Carry) tool system can be seen on the bikes of many of the world’s fastest enduro racers. OneUp’s new dropper post allows riders to quickly shim the post’s travel in order to gain as much drop as possible.
OneUp has noticed many passionate mountain bikers making the switch to flat pedals, so in order to provide these riders with the best products possible, the guys fired up their computers and designed a pair of their own. This month we invited OneUp’s flat pedals on to one of our test rigs to see how they would fare against our favorites.
Tech features: OneUp offers its flat pedals in either an aluminum or nylon composite. We opted to test the composite pedals, as they are less than half the cost. OneUp’s aluminum pedals sell for $125, while the nylon composite pedals sell for just $49. The two pedals are quite similar and have the same claimed weight of 355 grams. Where the two pedals differ are the aluminum ones are a touch thinner and feature four double-sealed cartridge bearings. The composite pedals feature DU bushings and cartridge bearings. Both pedals offer large, 115x105mm platforms with 10 rear-loading steel pins per side. OneUp designed both pedals with chromoly steel axles and offers them in multiple color options.
Field test results: We spun these composite pedals onto one of our trusty test bikes and headed out to our local trails. We quickly noticed the large supportive platforms and found the steel pins dug into our test shoes well. We tested the pedals with two different rubber compounds from Five Ten and then strapped on Pearl Izumi’s flat-pedal shoes with Vibram soles. Each compound connected well with our pedals; however, the Stealth S1 rubber provided the most grip. The pedals had a thin pro- file, which gave our riders ample clearance over rocks, and the DU bushing mixed with cartridge bearings continued to spin freely throughout our testing. The few times we did strike our pedals against rocks, the nylon composite held up well. If you’re in the market for a durable, lightweight and inexpensive flat pedal, then OneUp’s composite pedals just might be right for you. If, however, you want an even thinner pedal with sealed cartridge bearings and are not afraid to spend the extra coin, the aluminum pedals may be a better option. That said, for just $49, you can’t go wrong with OneUp’s composite pedals.