At a Glance
OneUp, know for making products that shake things up a bit and illicit thoughts of 'I wish I'd thought of that', now have a pretty large range of products. One of their more 'standard' products is their flat pedal which offers up grip, reliability and innovation in a fine-looking package.Buy Pedals on
At 115mm by 105mm, they offer up a large platform for one's feet, and the use of large 'inboard' bearing keep them super thin at 8mm. They have a slightly convex shape to match the curve of your foot and feature 10 pins to keep them in place.
Despite being a more 'standard' product from OneUp, they feature a cool cassette tool lock ring to re-grease bearings and make servicing quick and easy.
The somewhat unimaginatively named 'Aluminium Pedal' comes in at $125, weigh 365g and there are seven colours to choose from!
On The Trail
I'll state early on that I've had a bit of a love affair with these pedals and efforts to criticise them have been shot down by their function and reliability.
First up is the performance, by which I mean grip and it's there in truckloads. They make look vicious, but those pins bite rubber and don't want to let go, combine that with the thin profile and large platform and you've got an absolute winner.
The large platform gives great stability and plenty of space for me to reposition my size elevens as and when necessary. The low profile also limits the chance of the pedal rolling over as can happen with deeper platforms.
Despite trying to smash them into rocks on nearly every ride, they just shrug it off and fail to show any signs of weakness. Sure the pins are now more bent than they were, and there are battle scars, but they spin smoothly and all the pins and still there.
My experience with inboard bearings, where the bearing is placed close to the crank has been up till now, poor. I had expected things to go crunchy after a month or two, but having run them for 6 months there have been zero issues.
If I did need to service them then the easy to remove bearing system uses a cassette tool to access the bearings and the axle which is ingenious and takes the faff out of pedal servicing.
If I'm getting picky then I did find that running crank boots didn't work well with the pedals as the large profile of the pedal on the crank squashes the rubber, worth thinking about if you want to protect your carbon.
A truly excellent pedal, OneUp has done it again and produced a stellar product. All the grip you need combined with excellent reliability and a service-ability that make the pedal and long-lasting and sustainable purchase.
By Ewen TurnerEwen Turner is a self-confessed bike geek from Kendal in the Lake District of England. He runs a coaching and guiding business up there and has a plethora of knowledge about bikes with an analytical approach to testing. His passion for bicycles is infectious, and he’s a ripper on the trails who prefers to fit his working life around his time on the bike.