The 7 Best Mountain Bike Flat Pedals from All Price Ranges 2021

The Best Mountain Bike Flat Pedals

This is a selection you find best mountain bike flat pedals from all price ranges – from cheap ones suitable for beginners through mid-range up to high-end pedals for the most demanding mountain bikers.

I talked with former racers and evaluated customer reviews, to provide you with tips on platforms that are worth your money.

Below, you also find out how to choose MTB flat pedals, including the right platform size, pins, and much more.

This selection includes flat pedals only. Please refer to my other article dedicated to the best clipless MTB pedals if you look for clipless pedals with platforms.

What Are the Best Mountain Bike Flat Pedals?

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MZYRH Mountain Bike Pedals

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OneUp Components Aluminum Pedals

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Crankbrothers Stamp 7

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If you don’t know what to look for when buying flat pedals, feel free to read the buyer’s guide first. You find out how to choose the right platform size and learn more about other platform pedals features.

NOTE: All pedals in the selection below come with sealed bearings that improve their longevity.


MZYRH Mountain Bike Pedals (Best Budget)

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Main Features

  • Available in multiple colors
  • 12 pins per side
  • Easy to install
  • Lightweight

Technical Specifications

  • Replaceable pins: Yes
  • Adjustable pins: No
  • Dimensions: 4.1×3.58×1.0in (105x91x25mm)
  • Profile: Flat
  • Weight: 0.45lb (200g)
  • Material: Aluminum and steel

I start roundup with MZYRH pedals. These are the most affordable pedals in this selection. If you look for pedals that will replace your stock pedals or have a limited budget, these are pedals to consider.

I recommend them for casual riders because they are not designed for rough and too technical terrain. Their durability is not as good as with the more expensive pedals.

They are suitable not only for mountain bikes, but you can use them on a hybrid, fat, or any other bike type.

MZYRH pedals provide you with sufficient foot support and grip so your feet won’t slip off pedals, and you will be able to control your bike more easily.

They are also easy to install thanks to the L and R signs so that you won’t mix them up. Pick the color you like (black, blue, yellow, red, purple, and many more), and feel free to upgrade your bike as it deserves.


To get more tips on affordable flat pedals ideal for hybrid and commuter bikes, check this selection of the best pedals for hybrid bikes.


OneUp Components Aluminum Pedals (Best Overall)

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Main Features

  • Very thin profile for maximum clearance
  • Available in multiple colors
  • 10 pins per side
  • Easy maintenance
  • Excellent grip

Technical Specifications

  • Replaceable pins: Yes
  • Adjustable pins: No
  • Dimensions: 4.53×4.13×0.47in (115x105x12mm)
  • Profile: Convex
  • Weight: 0.78lb (355g)
  • Material: Aluminum and steel

OneUp Components Aluminum pedals are one of the thinnest pedals on the market. The leading edge measures 0.33in (8.3mm). They will provide you with enough clearance to avoid unintentional rock strikes. However, be aware of aggressive cornering because they are pretty wide.

Thanks to the large platform (larger than on Race Face Chester pedals), you get perfect foot support. Its profile is convex to maximize your grip and stability.

This brings one small downside (depending on what riding style you prefer). You have to lift your foot slightly to adjust its position when needed.

The 10 pins from both sides are not too sharp so that they won’t scratch your calves or shins as much as other pedals. They are replaceable, so if you damage them, don’t worry. Unfortunately, you can’t adjust them for less/more grip.

OneUp pedals are well made and will last you for years. Grease them at least once a year, depending on how often you ride to improve their longevity.

Choose from a large variety of colors to match them with your bike.

Also available at competitivecyclist.com, performancebike.com, and jensonusa.com


Crankbrothers Stamp 7 (Best Adjustable)

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Main Features

  • Adjustability
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Available in two sizes (S, L)
  • 10 pins per side
  • Easy maintenance
  • Excellent grip

Technical Specifications

  • Replaceable pins: Yes
  • Adjustable pins: Yes
  • Dimensions
    3.94×3.94×0.51in (100x100x13mm) [small]
    4.49×4.37×0.51in (114x111x13mm) [large]
  • Profile: Concave
  • Weight: 0.76lb (345g, small), 0.83lb (375g, large)
  • Material: Aluminum and steel

The Stamp collection of Crankbrothers pedals is perfect for most MTB riders who look for high-quality platforms for enduro and other MTB categories (trail, all-mountain, etc.).

These platforms have a thin profile that has enough clearance that allows you to avoid rock strikes. They have a slightly concave profile for extra feet stability.

You can choose from 2 sizes (small and large). The small are ideal for riders with a shoe size of US 5-10 (EU 37-43), and the large for US 10-15 (EU 43-49). If you are between these two sizes, I recommend getting the larger ones for better support and stability.

With Stamp 7, you can adjust the pins to get the grip you need. You can also maintain them pretty easily. Make sure to grease them from time to time to ensure the best performance possible.

So where is the catch, you ask? The large size has a pretty large platform that may limit you if you like to corner aggressively, and they are not cheap.

On the other hand, Crankbrothers Stamp pedals are also available in other options (Stamp 1, 2, 3, and 11). I recommend avoiding Stamp 1, 2, and 3. They are made of less durable materials and are heavier.

The Stamp 11 are lightweight thanks to more premium materials (they come with a titanium spindle). But they are also pretty expensive.

Overall, Stamp 7 offer the best price-value ratio from all the versions of the Stamp family.

Also available at performancebike.com and wiggle.co.uk


Race Face Chester

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Main Features

  • Available in multiple colors
  • 8 pins per side
  • Easy maintenance
  • Very affordable
  • Good grip

Technical Specifications

  • Replaceable pins: Yes
  • Adjustable pins: No
  • Dimensions: 3.98×4.33×0.55in (101x110x14mm)
  • Profile: Concave
  • Weight: 0.79lb (360g)
  • Material: Nylon and steel

Are you looking for affordable and light flat pedals? The Race Face Chester may be the right one for you.

They are made of nylon to minimize weight. They are perfect for beginners and for riders who don’t push their bikes to their limits.

Chester will provide you with a good grip so your feet won’t slip off. But I can’t forget to mention they have no pins along the axle. This means that they are less grippy than OneUp Aluminum pedals, for example.

Their downside is that the pins are pretty long, so they will “eat” your soles and also pretty sharp, so you don’t want them to get in touch with your calves or shins.

Due to their concave shape, they may not be too comfortable for heavier riders who enjoy long rides because the pressure is distributed mainly at one point – on the spindle.

Feel free to choose from multiple colors to match them with your machine.

There are also copycat pedals for half the price of the original Race Face Chester.

Also available at competitivecyclist.com, rei.com, and wiggle.co.uk


You might be interested in this selection of the best MTB flat shoes.


Race Face Atlas

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Main Features

  • Available in multiple colors
  • 10 pins per side
  • Easy maintenance
  • Good grip (better than on Race Face Chester)

Technical Specifications

  • Replaceable pins: Yes
  • Adjustable pins: No
  • Dimensions: 4.49×3.98×0.57in (114x101x14.5mm)
  • Profile: Concave
  • Weight: 0.78lb (355g)
  • Material: Nylon and steel

If you are one of those demanding riders who need high-quality flat pedals that are light, have a large platform, and provide you with a good grip, Race Face Atlas should be worth your attention.

They are perfect for trail riding. Thanks to their thin profile, you avoid unintentional rock strikes and your feet won’t slip off the pedals.

The grip of Race Face Atlas pedals is pretty good. Actually, so good that if you need to adjust your foot, you have to lift it.

Atlas’ main downsides are lateral play and price. The lateral play may develop over time, requiring some tweaking and maintenance by you or a mechanic. At this price point, this is something I would rather not see.

But overall, Race Face Atlas will serve you well. They are available in multiple colors (red, orange, blue, green…) so you can easily match with your bike.

Also available at performancebike.com, rei.com and wiggle.co.uk


Bontrager Line Elite

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Main Features

  • Available in multiple colors
  • 10 pins per side
  • Very affordable

Technical Specifications

  • Replaceable pins: Yes
  • Adjustable pins: No
  • Dimensions: 3.86×3.86in (98x98mm)
  • Profile: Concave (very slightly)
  • Weight: 0.78lb (355g)
  • Material: Nylon and steel

If you look for a replacement of cheap, stock pedals on your new bike and don’t need the latest and greatest, Bontrager Line Elite are a good choice.

They are pretty lightweight so that they won’t add unnecessary weight. Thanks to their very gentle concave shape, they improve your stability so you will feel more confident.

Line Elite are suitable for beginners and people with a limited budget. I don’t recommend them for technical and demanding terrain where there is a high chance of contact with rocks. They may break easily due to the nylon construction and large cutouts.

Their biggest downside is their bearings are non-replaceable, so you have to buy new pedals if they break. However, they are still much better than the stock pedals that some bikes come with.

Also available at trekbikes.com


Nukeproof Horizon Pro (Best for Downhill)

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Nukeproof Horizon | Source: wiggle.com

Main Features

  • Adjustability
  • Available in multiple colors
  • 10 pins per side
  • Easy maintenance
  • Excellent grip

Technical Specifications

  • Replaceable pins: Yes
  • Adjustable pins: Yes
  • Dimensions: 3.94×4.33×0.59in (100x110x15mm)
  • Profile: Flat
  • Weight: 0.95lb (430g)
  • Material: Aluminum and steel

As their name suggests, Nukeproof Horizon Pro are pedals for the most demanding mountain bikers. These pedals were designed with downhill in mind.

They are almost undestroyable. If you crash (I hope you won’t), they will handle it with ease. Thanks to their machine-alloy construction (that looks gorgeous, by the way), they are highly durable so that they will last you for years.

When you combine them with a pair of Five Ten Pro shoes, you will have an ultra combo that you can rely on in any terrain. The grip you get will be hard to match.

Of course, you can adjust their pins as you need. Their profile is completely flat to maximize the contact area with your shoes.

Probably their only downside is their weight that is much higher than the weight of other pedals like OneUp Components Aluminum Pedals, Crankbrothers Stamp 7, etc.

Feel free to choose from a large variety of colors and start pushing your MTB to its limits.

Also available at wiggle.co.uk


You might also be interested in this selection of the best mountain bike shoes for flat pedals.


My Verdict

Flat pedals are available in different shapes, with different features, and from various price ranges. I recommend reading the buyer’s guide section to determine how to choose them to fit your riding style.

MZYRH Mountain Bike Pedals are the best budget platform pedals. They are ideal as a replacement for cheap stock plastic pedals. They improve your grip and increase your foot support thanks to the large platform.

OneUp Components Aluminum Pedals are the best platform pedals overall. They provide the best price-value ratio. They are well made, have replaceable grips, and are available in multiple colors.

Crankbrothers Stamp 7 (small) are the best adjustable platform pedals thanks to the adjustable pins. You can set their height to increase or decrease their grippiness as you need. They have a thin profile, so you avoid unintentional rock strikes. Thanks to their convex profile, you also get perfect grip and sufficient feet support.


How to Choose the Best Mountain Bike Flat Pedals?

In the following part, I explain what features to consider when choosing MTB flat pedals. You learn specific tips that will help you decide what pedals are right for you.

Platform Size & Shape

Flat pedals come in different sizes and shapes. It may be overwhelming to choose the right ones… The question is, do you even have to think about their size and shape?

Well, yes, but you don’t have to worried whether or not you choose pedals that are 5mm wider or narrower. As my friend, 6 times Czech champion in BMX and passionate mountain biker, stated: “I never hit the ground with my pedals when cornering.”

Smaller platforms are generally more suitable for riders with smaller feet/shoes, while larger platforms are ideal for riders with large feet. That makes sense, right?

So what happens if you get larger platforms than you need? The only main downside is that you won’t get as much ground clearance when cornering. But if you don’t push your bike (and yourself) to its limits, you won’t even notice.

The platform shape (concavity) is more important. The concave platform pedals help to center the ball of your feet to provide you with better stability.

But if you are a rider who wants to enjoy more fun, you may prefer convex platforms because they allow you to adjust your feet more easily, which is beneficial for performing tricks and learn new skills.

If you just starting out, go for flat pedals (they are neutral) and once you get more experience, you can experiment with concave or convex profile.

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Flat pedals profile (concavity) illustrated

Pins

Pins and studs are a feature that is probably the most tricky one when you can’t try the pedals in person. Their main purpose is to provide you with sufficient grip so your feet won’t slip of pedals.

Platform pedals come either with:

  1. Studs
  2. Nonadjustable pins
  3. Adjustable pins
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Race Face pedals with studs
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MZHYR pedals with nonadjustable pins
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Crankbrothers Stamp pedals with adjustable pins

The first two categories won’t allow you to adjust the grip of the pedals. If you are an experienced rider, you probably appreciate platforms with adjustable pins. Thanks to them, you will be able to regulate the amount of grip you get.

On the other hand, some riders prefer pedals that are not too grippy to reposition their feet when needed. If you are a beginner, feel free to start with pedals with nonadjustable pins and once you get more experience, start experimenting with pedals with adjustable pins.

The pin’s shape is also important. The narrower and longer they are, the more they will “eat” your soles. So make sure to use them with MTB shoes for platform pedals like Five Ten.

More pins ≠ Better grip

Bearings & Servicing

When buying MTB flat pedals, make sure you get pedals with sealed bearings. This feature increases longevity because it prevents water, dust, and other particles from entering the bearings that could cause issues like increasing friction.

The good news is that most quality flat pedals have sealed bearings, so you don’t have to worry about it too much. But don’t forget to grease them from time to time, e.g., once a year or when you start noticing that they don’t spin as easily as when they were new.

Another thing to consider when buying flat pedals is the possibility to replace parts (pins, cage, axle, etc.). This allows you to fix the pedals when some part breaks so you effectively increase their lifespan.

Material and Weight

Flat pedals are usually made of plastic (like nylon) or metals (aluminum, steel, titanium). The general rule of thumb is that plastic pedals are less durable than pedals made of metals.

Platform pedals’ weight is by far less important than the weight of road bike pedals, for example. So don’t be afraid of buying heavier pedals that are more durable.

I don’t want to underestimate you, but you probably won’t notice if your new pedals are 30g lighter than your old ones. Therefore, I don’t recommend focusing on weight too much.

Focus more on the features described above as they are more important and will influence your riding experience.

How do the Flat Pedals Differ From Clipless Pedals?

Flat pedals don’t have a clipping mechanism, so you can’t use them with clipless bike shoes. They are only suitable for flat shoes.

You get better foot support even with soft shoes, you can take of your shoes from them when needed,

Due to the lack of the clipless mechanism, you don’t get the “being as a one with your bike” feeling, and you won’t be able to pull during the upward pedal stroke as effectively as with clipless pedals. This study proved that stiff shoes combined with a clip-in mechanism increased maximum sprint power by 16.6% on average.

Check the other advantages and disadvantages of different types of pedals in the table below.

Type of PedalsProsConsRecommended for
Platforms (flat pedals)• You can use them with almost any type of shoes.
• You don't have to clip into them so you can take your feet of them easily. This increases your safety and confidence.
• You learn the right echnique and tricks more easily.
• You can't pedal in circles (you cannot pull up).
• Your foot can slip off more easily.
• Shin injuries from pins.
Beginners, commuters, BMX riders, MTB riders, downhill riders
Road pedals (clipless)• You will feel like you have better control over your bicycle.
• They are lightweight to lower your fatigue over long distances.
• You can pedal in circles.
• They are longer than MTB pedals, so they provide more support for your foot.
• You can't clip in from both sides.
• Expensive - You will have to buy pedals, road bike shoes, and cleats.
• It will take you some time to get used to them.
Road cyclists
MTB pedals (clipless)• You will feel like you have better control over your bicycle.
• You can pedal in circles.
• You can clip in from both sides.
• Expensive - You will have to buy pedals, mountain bike shoes, and cleats.
• It will take you some time to get used to them.
MTB and gravel riders, cyclocross riders
Hybrid pedals (flat + clipless)• You can decide what type of shoes you use (normal footwear or specialized cycling shoes).• They are heavier compared to clipless road and MTB pedals.
• They are bulky.
Commuters, bike packers, people who like bike trips and hiking, mountain and gravel bikers

Sources: mtbdirect.com.au, bikeradar.com, singletracks.com


Mountain Bike Flat Pedals FAQ


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