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The top 9 best budget mountain bike flat pedals

In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best budget mountain bike flat pedals.

The list features a number of MTB flat pedals with nylon bodies, since nylon is much cheaper to produce than aluminum.

That being said, there are a number of great high-quality mountain bike flat pedals that do come with aluminum bodies, which make you wonder why you’d ever pay over 100 USD for some of the more premium options.

Pedals I did not include are pedals that do not come with steel pins to keep your foot in place. The difference between plastic ridges and steel pins simply makes such a difference when it comes to grip, and I just can’t recommend not using steel pins for any type of trail riding.

So without further ado, here’s my overview of the best budget mountain bike flat pedals.

OneUp Components Composite

OneUp Components Composite flat pedal
OneUp Components Composite flat pedal
OneUp Components Composite flat pedal
OneUp Components Composite flat pedal
OneUp Components Composite flat pedal
OneUp Components Composite flat pedal

If you want to go big you want to go for the OneUp Components Composite MTB flat pedals.

The platform measures 115 x 105 x 18.5 mm, but still only weighs 355 grams with 20 rear-loading pins to keep your feet firmly planted where they need to be.

It offers the same single cartridge bearing and bushing on a steel axle as many of the competitors.

Expert Experience

87 | Simon Kohler – 45001

The OneUp Composite Pedals may seem average at first glance, but they turned out to be extremely reliable and performed well during our test. Although they don’t offer the most grip, it’s more than sufficient for most situations. However, dirt can easily accumulate in the smaller outside cut outs in very muddy conditions. Overall, however, you get a great set of pedals with the OneUp, which will hardly hold anyone back on the trail.

Pros and Cons

Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small

Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small flat pedal

The Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small is the nylon composite version of their aluminum counterpart.

It measures 100 x 100 x 13 mm and offers a chromoly axle with both a glide and cartridge bearing.

Slightly concave with 18, rear-loading pins, it’s one of the best-looking and lightest nylon offerings out there, weighing only 299 grams.

Expert Experience

85 | Obé Swinney – 44028

My local bike park in the southeast of England is rock heaven, so it’s Inevitable I’m going to scrape them on rocks. An advantage of composite pedals is you don’t get the paint scrapes like you do on a metal pedal.

As I received these back in December they had to put up with a lot of wet weather abuse. With the bearing setup I was pretty confident they would take winter as a breeze, and they did. With three months of on and off wet weather I had no problems what so ever. With my previous pedals I had an issue of pins constantly falling out but with the stamps I haven’t lost one.

Pros and Cons

Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large

Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large flat pedal

The Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large is the larger version measuring 114 x 111 x 13 mm.

This makes this pedal more suitable for riders with size 10-15 (us) or 43-49 (eu).

The large version is slightly heavier, but still very light, sitting at 329 grams.

Expert Experience

84 | Hannah Dobson – 43941

For the Stamp 1s, I’ve got the large ones which are recommended for shoe size 43-49. I wear size 41 bike shoes, so technically I should have been on the small ones (platform 100x100mm), but these (with a platform of 111x114mm) have felt good to me, and not too far off my DMR Vaults (105x115mm).

As with my Vaults, there are occasions when riding ruts that I’ve had to watch my feet, or wished I was one of those teeny weeny narrow clippy pedal riding people, but on the whole this isn’t an issue and I like the grip and security of a large flat platform.

I have found them grippier than the earlier Stamps I tested, but I’d be looking for more grip for more technical trails. The pins aren’t huge, but with sticky shoes there’s just about enough there to grab on to – though softer rather than stiffer soles seemed to grip the best.

Pros and Cons

VP Aim

VP Aim flat pedal
VP Aim flat pedal
VP Aim flat pedal
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The VP Aim is another great product from this Taiwanese giant.

A barrel-polished aluminum body weighing 445 grams, comes equipped with 20, front-loading steel pins.

Just like many other MTB flat pedals from this brand, 2 cartridge bearings and a single bushing spin around a CNC machined chromoly axle.

A very durable pedal for people who don’t mind the extra bit of weight.

Expert Experience

95 | Nick Zuzelski – 42541

The VP Aim pedals have proven to be a decent set of flats with good durability. It’s rare to see a set of metal pedals with sealed bearings slot in at $60 or less per pair, which may offset shortcomings in weight and grip for less discerning riders. The Aims don’t redefine the pedal market or set any new benchmarks, but instead give budget-minded riders a trusty set of flats without breaking the bank.

Pros and Cons

VP Vice

VP Vice flat pedal
VP Vice flat pedal
VP Vice flat pedal
VP Vice flat pedal
VP Vice flat pedal
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The VP Vice is one of the best budget mountain flat pedals on the market.

For less than 50 USD you get a CNC machined aluminum body measuring 105 x 96 x 13 mm, with a total of 24, front and rear-loading steel pins.

The pedal is finished with a chromoly axle running inside 2 cartridge bearings and a single bushing, and weighs 406 grams.

It means this pedal has no equal within its price category.

Expert Experience

63 | Sean Cronin – 42746

You don’t always want to be glued to your pedals. I typically ride clipless pedals and felt most comfortable on these pedals when I opted for flats. The grip was solid but not overkill, and allowed small adjustments of foot position similar to the amount of float offered by many clipless pedals. Rock-solid construction I could work on (with tools we already had in our toolbox) made me smile. Whether hitting the bike park, riding epic high elevation singletrack, or bombing rocky descents in the tall pines, these pedals will get the job done.

Pros and Cons

Burgtec MK4

Burgtec MK4 flat pedal
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Burgtec MK4 flat pedal
Burgtec MK4 flat pedal
Burgtec MK4 flat pedal
Burgtec MK4 flat pedal

The well-designed Burgtec MK4 is from the UK.

The nylon and glass fiber reinforced platform holds 18, rear-loading pins, and measures 102 x 96 x 16 mm.

The chromoly axle sits inside with a single cartridge bearing and bushing and weighs in at 376 grams.

Expert Experience

52 | Mike Kazimer – 43606

Burgtec’s MK4 Composite pedals provide all the traction and stability of their aluminum counterparts at a fraction of price – it’s hard to argue with that. They’re not the widest or absolute grippiest option on the market, but they strike a very nice balance, with a shape that should work well for a wide range of riders.

Pros and Cons

Fooker MTB Pedals

Fooker MTB Pedals flat pedal
Fooker MTB Pedals flat pedal
Fooker MTB Pedals flat pedal
Fooker MTB Pedals flat pedal
Fooker MTB Pedals flat pedal
Fooker MTB Pedals flat pedal

The Fooker MTB Pedals appear to have the exact same pedal design as the RaceFace Chester.

I don’t know what’s the story behind these apparent knock-off pedals, since there’s no brand website to visit.

What I do know is that there’s ample evidence that this blatant copy is about as good as the real deal for half the price. And judging by the amount of reviews on Amazon running in the many thousands, a lot of people care more about their wallet than about possible copyright infringement between manufacturers. And I understand that’s how things work.

These pedals are so cheap in comparison to similar products that it doesn’t really matter that Fooker doesn’t appear to offer service kits. When you’d need them, you can just as well buy a complete new pair of pedals.

And all of the other characteristics are the same as the Chester pedal. Except for the fact that the Fooker pedal is not a nylon composite, but simply a nylon pedal, which bumps up the weight to 450 grams, where the Chester sits at 360.

But from a financial perspective this is probably the most affordable value-for-money option on this list. And what you do with your money is not for me to judge.

Pros and Cons

DMR V8

DMR V8 flat pedal
DMR V8 flat pedal
DMR V8 flat pedal
DMR V8 flat pedal
DMR V8 flat pedal
DMR V8 flat pedal

The DMR V8 is the heaviest pedal on this list and one of the few mountain bike flat pedals that work with a cone and bearings setup.

A total of 18 small 5/32 inch bearings spin along a chromoly axle inside the aluminum body.

It’s reminiscent of how pedals used to work across the board, except for the fact that this one has a very modern design. With a platform measuring 100 x 95 mm, and 20, front-loading pins.

It’s pretty heavy, weighing almost half a kilo at 480 grams.

A great addition to this list since you can get a DMR pedal with an aluminium body for a decent enough price.

Expert Experience

92 | David Hayward – 42990

They may not be the lightest pedals, but the bulk of the bodies grants them quite a bit of toughness, as became evident as the test went on. Compared to most budget flats they also have a nice amount of curvature and ramping in the body shape, helping to deflect impacts.

Pros and Cons

DMR V12

DMR V12 flat pedal
DMR V12 flat pedal
DMR V12 flat pedal
DMR V12 flat pedal
DMR V12 flat pedal
DMR V12 flat pedal

The DMR V12 is a modern flat pedal with the tried and true sealed cartridge and bushing running on a chromoly axle.

It’s not the lightest pedal sitting at 430 grams, but you do get a fully serviceable pedal with 20, rear-loading pins in a body measuring 100 x 95 x 16 mm.

But for a retail price of 60 pounds, there are more budget-friendly options.

Expert Experience

81 | Alex Evans – 44636

The V12’s fairly diminutive platform meant foot placement needed to be accurate to get the most traction from the pins and improve stability. When my feet were placed off-centre, stability was reduced because they can pivot off the pedal, and I found myself regularly repositioning them on the platform. This proved to be tricky because pin grip was impressive. However, if my feet were located centrally on the platform, there was no twisting or movement.

The bonus of a small platform is the pedals are less likely to hit the sides of ruts, but I found my feet hit the edges of the trail before the pedals did, which could be problematic for some. Although the gloss paint looks good out of the box, it’s quick to chip, making the V12s look scruffy.

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Specifications budget mountain bike flat pedals

Name
Price
Weight
Size
Length
Width
Height
Body
Spindle
Bearings and bushings
Pins
Service kit
OneUp Components Composite
49.5 USD
355
115 x 105 x 18.5 mm
115 mm
105 mm
18.5 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing
20, rear-loading
available
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small
49.99 USD
299
100 x 100 x 13 mm
100 mm
100 mm
13 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
1 glide bearing, 1 cartridge bearing
18, rear-loading
available
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large
49.99 USD
329
114 x 111 x 13 mm
114 mm
111 mm
13 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
1 glide bearing, 1 cartridge bearing
18, rear-loading
available
VP Aim
60 USD
445
105 x 105 x 18 mm
105 mm
105 mm
18 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing
20, front-loading
VP Vice
44.99 USD
406
105 x 96 x 13 mm
105 mm
96 mm
13 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing
24, front and rear-loading
Burgtec MK4
37.49 pounds
376
102 x 96 x 16 mm
102 mm
96 mm
16 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing
18, rear-loading
available
Fooker MTB Pedals
26.99 USD
450
110 x 101 x 18.4 mm
110 mm
101 mm
18.4 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
cartridge
18, rear-loading
not available
DMR V8
43 pounds
480
100 x 95 x ? mm
100 mm
95 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
18 5/32 inch ball bearings
20, front-loading
DMR V12
60 pounds
430
100 x 95 x 16 mm
100 mm
95 mm
16 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing
20, rear-loading
available
bio vanseijen

Johan van Seijen

Founder Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His cycling career has seen him at the starting line of classics such as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege. Realizing his racing capacity would fall short of what was needed he obtained a MS from the University of Amsterdam in engineering. His love for cycling changed into riding in an amateur capacity with his local cycling club TFC Weesp as a roadie and supporting MTB Noordwest as a mountain biker. He repairs, restores, and builds bicycles and shares his knowledge on YouTube, Facebook and this website. 

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