One Up Components started with their RAD cage that allowed to lengthen the cage of Shimano derailleurs, giving the possibility to use cassettes with bigger rings. After a few years in the market they now offer a full range of bicycle components from their rewarded EDC Tool system, through pedals, handlebars, seat posts, chain guides and more. Today I will focus on their aluminum platform pedals called simply Aluminum Pedals (as an opposite to Comp Pedals which are their composite twins).
Probably most of people riding Enduro and Downhill bikes started their adventure with some kind of flats. All platform pedals are more or less the same: they have a flat surface spiked with pins that are supposed to ensure that our feet ale firmly planted on them. But as everyone who had an opportunity to ride more than one model of flats knows, there are differences which may prove very noticeable if you suddenly lose your contact with the bike. Nowadays I ride mostly clipped into all of my bikes – only for exception of very slippery and muddy conditions. Then I switch back to flats. Moreover, as I am lazy and tend to pull the bike with my feet – which is pretty much ok when clipped as long you won’t unclip suddenly without the intention of doing it – I put flats into my downhill rig and ride some laps on local jump trails just to set my bunny hop abilities into the rights track.
The pedals are packaged in a small white box with the well-known logo on the top. The packaging is nothing fancy, which in my opinion is good, because the money should go to the products and not the package they’re sold in. When you take the pedals in your hand the first thing you notice is the attention to detail. The pedals are manufactured really well, the pins are very high and very rigid. The design uses big bearing near the crank so the pedals can be really slim and don’t get play to early at the same time. This means that all of the 4 full cartridge bearings are close to each other. Time will tell how robust the solution is, but it’s not the only product using it I think there should be no problems with the pedals having unnecessary play. The pins are a little but different to the ones that I’m used to. They remind me more of a needles than the standard pin, which should be a very useful feature when traction comes to mind. Every pedal has 20 fully removable pins (10 per side), that are inserted from inside which should end the problem of removing a pin when it has some mud in its 2mm hex key hole. The producer says the pedals weight 355 grams per pair, but my scale has shown a touch over 360 grams. It’s an acceptable manufacturing difference. The size of the platform is 115 x 105mm. The axle is made from chromoly steel and the thickness of the pedals in the thickest place is 12 mm (not counting the axle – bushing bulge of course) which makes them veeeeery flat. You can buy them in the full color palette: black, green, grey, orange, red, blue.
I put the pedals on my downhill bike and tested them in bikeparks and strict downhill tracks. First though: I forgot to change from my clips to the pedals I was supposed to test! The amounts of traction provided by the OneUp pedals is enormous. Confidence that the pedals gave was perceptible right from the first seconds to the end of the ride. I usually ride clipped in these days due to the fact that my feet were all over the place when using flats. With these pedals I had no such problems. I lost a little bit of traction only while cornering on big and short brake bumps but still I could feel the bike and ride confidently. Because of the size and placement of the bearings I sometimes had to readjust my foot on the pedal, but that disappeared after a few rides when I got accustomed to the fact. As the pedals are really flat I had the feeling that I hit the ground / rocks / roots a little bit less than usual.
Maintenance and durability:
Through the test period I did not notice any reduction in the functionality of the pedals. Few hard shots from rocks did not impress them. I lost none of the pins (even if someone standing near the track may say I tried really hard). The pedals did not get any loose play on the bushings. All was perfectly fine. The video below show how you should proceed with maintenance if you’d need to:
– their very flat
– did I mention traction?
– great maintenance video provided
– sometimes the positioning of your foot with the oversized bearings is inconvenient – but you will learn how to put your foot accordingly after few rides
– if you’re using crank protectors you will have to make a cutaway for the pedals or drop the protectors altogether (or maybe use a spacer)
These pedals are staying with me. Period. They are light, stiff, robust. And the traction is a killer. The only issue might be connected with the size of the bearing – the place were you screw them into the cranks – which can cause some problems with the rubber crank protectors. Otherwise – great product.
PHOTO: Rafał Adamus
RIDER: Tomasz Gardeła
TEXT: Tomasz Gardeła