OneUp Aluminum Pedal Review
The OneUp Components aluminum pedals are some of the most popular mountain bike pedals available for a good reason. The pedals are durable, are extremely grippy especially when paired with a mountain bike-specific shoe, are bombproof, and love to eat your shins. If you are looking for a premium pedal that will last for years this is the mountain bike pedal for you.
OneUp Components pedals are one of the most popular pedals for mountain bikers because of their strength, durability, oversized footprint, super thin design, and ability to be rebuilt. The pedals are lightweight (only 365g), thin, and shaped for the ball of your foot make them a great option for most common foot sizes, both men and women.
If you have ever demoed or rented a bike, there is a good chance the demo bike had OneUp pedals on it. This is for a reason, demo bikes take a lot of abuse. Your personal bike may get ridden a few days a week if you are lucky. Demo and rental bikes are out on the trails almost daily. OneUp pedals are long-lasting, strong, and durable enough to withstand daily abuse.
Who Should Buy These Pedals?
These pedals are great for someone looking for a high-end flat pedal that provides superior traction in all conditions. The Aluminum version is going to last longer than the composite(plastic) version but can cost almost twice as much. They cater to enduro style riding and aggressive trail riding but could be used as a cross country pedal for someone not comfortable with clipless(clipped-in) pedals as they provide such a sticky feeling when paired with a good pair of mountain bike shoes they almost give the sensation of being attached to the pedal.
OneUp Pedals Weight
OneUp claims the weight of these pedals at 386g for the pair. When I weigh the pedals on my scale they weigh in at 192g for a single pedal and 384g for the pair.
OneUp Pedals Frequently Asked Questions
Are OneUp Component Pedals Servicable?
Yes, you can service the pedals using a cassette lockring tool to re-grease the bearings or swap out the internals with a rebuild kit for under $25 bucks USD.
Are OneUp Components Pedals any good?
Yes, OneUp Components pedals are very high-quality pedals that have been tried and tested personally for many years. They are many mountain bikers’ go-to pedals. The pedals are offered in aluminum and a plastic composite.
OneUp Pedals Compairison
Some of the other popular pedals to consider when looking to purchase the OneUp pedals are:
- Race Face AEffect Platform Pedals
- Race Face Atlas Platform Pedals
- Ethirteen Base Pedals
- Shimano PD-M8140
- Bontrager Platform Pedals
OneUp Pedal Tractions
The OneUp Aluminum and Composit pedals are some of the most grippy pedals available for flat mountain bike shoes. This is because of the 10 long pins that hook into the sole of the shoe. The pins are positioned in a way that contacts the outside of the shoe first then when weight is applied the inner pins make contact. This sort of pinches the shoe to the pedal. Once your foot is on the pedal there is no way of rotating it to another position. You will need to lift up your foot and replace it back on the pins almost like velcro.
I choose to ride Five Ten Freerider Pro shoes when I’m not testing other shoes. The sticky tacky 5.10 rubber paired with the 10 pins hook up to the shoes. There is no adjusting your foot once it has been stepped on the pedal, it’s locked in place until you peel your foot off and re-adjust.
OneUp Pedal Servicability
The rebuild kit for the OneUp pedals is about $25 USD https://www.oneupcomponents.com/products/aluminum-pedal-bearing-rebuild-kit. This is comparable with the rebuild kit for Crankbrothers Stamp rebuild kits. Rebuilding does require a tool that might not be in everyone’s toolbox. A cassette removal tool is required to remove the spindle. After that, the pedals can be serviced in just a few minutes with some grease and a few Allen keys. You can check out our video for a complete teardown and assembly of the pedals.
OneUp Pedal Conclustion
I have been mountain biking for over 25 years, probably ridden over a hundred different pedals. I have broken, bent, replaced, and repaired many of them over the years. In the last decade pedals have become much more durable, slimmer, and just last longer in general. My experience with pedals and having ridden so many variations gives me an interesting perspective. These are some of the best value, longest lasting, yet lightweight pedals I’ve ridden. I have years on these pedals and with annual service, they continue to keep going.