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 aluminium.
That being said, there are a number of great high-quality mountain bike flat pedals that do come with aluminium 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
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.
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small
The Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small is the nylon composite version of their aluminium 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.
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large
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.
The VP Aim is another great product from this Taiwanese giant.
A barrel-polished aluminium body weighing in a 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.
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 aluminium 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.
The well-designed Burgtec MK4 are 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.
Fooker MTB Pedals
The Fooker MTB Pedals appear to be 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 possbile copyright infringement between manufactureres. And I understand that’s how things work.
These pedals are so cheap in comparison to similar products that it doesn’t really matter than 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.
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 aluminium body.
It’s reminiscent 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 aluminium body for a decent enough price.
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.
Specifications best budget mountain bike flat pedals
|Name||Price||Weight||Length||Width||Height||Body Material||Spindle||Bearings and Bushings||Pins||Service Kit||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Ebay|
|OneUp Components Composite||49.50 USD||355 g||115 mm||105 mm||18.5 mm||nylon composite||Cr-Mo||1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing||20, rear-loading||available||link||link|
|Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small||49.99 USD||299 g||100 mm||100 mm||13 mm||nylon composite||Cr-Mo||1 glide bearing, 1 cartridge bearing||18, rear-loading||available||link||link|
|Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large||49.99 USD||329 g||114 mm||111 mm||13 mm||nylon composite||Cr-Mo||1 glide bearing, 1 cartridge bearing||18, rear-loading||available||link||link|
|VP Aim||60.00 USD||445 g||105 mm||105 mm||18 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing||20, front-loading||link||link|
|VP Vice||44.99 USD||406 g||105 mm||96 mm||13 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing||24, front and rear-loading||link||link|
|Burgtec MK4||37.49 pounds||376 g||102 mm||96 mm||16 mm||nylon composite||Cr-Mo||1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing||18, rear-loading||available||link||link|
|Fooker MTB Pedals||26.99 USD||450 g||110 mm||101 mm||18.4 mm||nylon composite||Cr-Mo||cartridge||18, rear-loading||not available||link||link|
|DMR V8||43.00 pounds||480 g||100 mm||95 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||18 5/32 inch ball bearings||20, front-loading||link||link|
|DMR V12||60.00 pounds||430 g||100 mm||95 mm||16 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing||20, rear-loading||available||link||link|