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The top 10 best composite mountain bike flat pedals

In this article I’m going to give you an overview of the very best composite mountain bike flat pedals.

The main attraction of composite mountain bike flat pedals is price. In general composite MTB flat pedals are less than half their aluminum counterpart, or even less.

And especially considering the fact brands offer the same model in both an aluminum and composite version, the extra cash you need to lay down for the aluminum version is a hard pill to swallow.

Besides the coolness factor of a CNC-machined flat pedal, longevity is a core aspect to pay the extra money. But you could argue that if you ride carefully enough without that many pedal strikes, the difference between the two could be negligible, especially since some brands offer service kits for their composite models as well.

And, as far as pedal strikes are concerned, composite MTB pedals stick less when the impact occurs. So they might even be safer.

You can find a table with an overview of all the flat pedals at the end of the article.

Anyway, with that little introduction out of the way, let’s get to my top picks for the best composite mountain bike flat pedals.

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

RaceFace Chester

RaceFace Chester flat pedal
RaceFace Chester flat pedal
RaceFace Chester flat pedal
RaceFace Chester flat pedal
RaceFace Chester flat pedal
RaceFace Chester flat pedal

We at least know that the design of the RaceFace Chester was deemed nice enough to be copied. And it’s a nice-looking mountain bike flat pedal.

It has a big non-concave shape measuring 110 x 101 x 18.4 mm, with 18, rear-loading pins.

The weight is average, sitting at 360 grams.

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

Expert Experience

Paul Burwell | Contributor – May 20, 2023

The Race Face Chester offers outstanding value for the flat pedal rider, especially for those who are newer to the sport, don’t ride frequently, or are more mindful of how they spend their dollar. The Chester provides a supportive platform, and fairly good grip, although they don’t perform as well in mud or as pedals in our review with more pins. The straightforward serviceability adds value to these pedals, making them a great choice.

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

Obé Swinney | Contributor – July 16, 2020

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

Hannah Dobson | Review Editor – April 20, 2020

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

HT PA03A

HT PA03A flat pedal
HT PA03A flat pedal
HT PA03A flat pedal
HT PA03A flat pedal
HT PA03A flat pedal
HT PA03A flat pedal

The HT PA03A is a premium nylon composite MTB flat pedal.

Even though composite pedals are very affordable, this pedal is a bit more expensive but for good reasons. It has a big concave platform measuring 105 x 107 x 18 mm.

Weighing 345 grams, the platform has 16 rear-loading pins, and 4 nylon ones sitting at the axle.

The machined chromoly axle holds dual cartridge bearings and a single bushing, which sets these pedals apart from the rest of the competition. These dual bearings ensure a longer lifespan, because the load get’s spread out.

The concave design and relatively large platform is simple but very effective in keeping your foot in place.

Expert Experience

Mick Kirkman | Contributor – January 16, 2018

Even sized with similar dimensions to plenty others here, the PA03A parallelogram feels really big, and the combination of a traditional, extended axle design, good concavity and well spread pins, means the HT is absolutely planted underfoot.

In dry weather the HT’s are a total winner, but in the worst mud and slime, the inner, fatter plastic studs offer little purchase and the overall grip levels are reduced to marginally less than the best aluminium pedals on test.

Pros and Cons

Chromag Synth

Chromag Synth flat pedal
Chromag Synth flat pedal
Chromag Synth flat pedal
Chromag Synth flat pedal
Chromag Synth flat pedal
Chromag Synth flat pedal

The Chromag Synth is not a carbon copy, but (almost) a nylon composite copy of the Chromag Scarab.

It means that where the Scarab sits far above a hundred dollars, the Synth is half that price.

For that price you get an 18-pin, front- and rear-loading, nylon composite MTB flat pedal measuring 100 x 107 x 13 mm, sitting at 380 grams.

Probably one of the biggest advantages of this nylon composite pedal is that you can buy a replacement pedal body should you smash it. If you ask me, every other pedal manufacturer should follow this, because it makes it much more attractive to choose a certain brand.

Expert Experience

Paul Burwell | Contributor – October 30, 2022

Grip with the stock pins is not bad, but like most nylon platforms I’ve tested, I can feel the plastic surface. It just feels a little bit more slippery compared to aluminium, especially in the wet. However, a lot depends on the flat shoes you’re running; it’s stable wearing a Five Ten Freerider, but with something slightly harder – like a Bontrager Flatline or Crankbrothers Stamp – I just didn’t feel as engaged.

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

Mike Kazimer | Technical reviewer – May 21, 2019

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

E*Thirteen Base

E*Thirteen Base flat pedal
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E*Thirteen Base flat pedal
E*Thirteen Base flat pedal
E*Thirteen Base flat pedal
E*Thirteen Base flat pedal

With 24, front and rear-loading pins on a big platform measuring 110 x 100 mm, the E*Thirteen Base flat pedals promise great levels of grip in an affordable package.

Other specs are very similar to what the competition offers. A 399 gram pedal with a single cartridge bearing and bushing spinning on a chromoly axle.

And lots of color options, but you can see that with every other composite pedal as well.

Expert Experience

Ed Thomsett | Contributor – May 17, 2020

It’s the length of the pins that’s my main criticism, though. Despite being easily changeable – screwing in from underneath into recessed and removable nuts – by protruding just 3mm they’re not long enough to hold your feet firmly in place when the going gets fast and rough.

On more sedate trails this isn’t a problem and if you’re someone who likes to reposition your feet whilt riding then you’ll get on fine, but as a pedal for hammering down burly terrain, these don’t quite cut it.

Pros and Cons

DMR V11

DMR V11 flat pedal
DMR V11 flat pedal
DMR V11 flat pedal
DMR V11 flat pedal
DMR V11 flat pedal
DMR V11 flat pedal

The DMR V11 is the composite version of the renowned DMR Vault.

A middle-of-the-road 105 x 105 mm concave platform with 20, front and rear-loading pins, which is fully serviceable.

It’s one of the heaviest pedals at 450 grams, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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

Expert Experience

Mark Alker | Contributor – November 3, 2020

Getting the axle out took me less than a minute. Off with the aluminium 6mm cap and then in with the socket to unfasten the bolt. The cavity is plenty wide enough and you don’t need some rare skinny socket to get it off. It’s a locking bolt so there’s no losing little washers. The insides of my test pair were exceptionally well greased. I have no doubt that maintenance will be a quick and easy job down the line.

Pros and Cons

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

Simon Kohler | Editor – March 16, 2023

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

Specifications composite mountain bike flat pedals

Name
Price
Weight
Size
Length
Width
Height
Body
Spindle
Bearings and bushings
Pins
Service kit
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
RaceFace Chester
59.99 USD
360
110 x 101 x 18.4 mm
110 mm
101 mm
18.4 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing
18, 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
HT PA03A
69 USD
345
105 x 107 x 18 mm
105 mm
107 mm
18 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing
16, rear-loading
available
Chromag Synth
56.95 euros
380
107 x 100 x 13 mm
107 mm
100 mm
13 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing
18, rear-loading
available
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
E*Thirteen Base
54.95 USD
399
110 x 100 x ? mm
110 mm
100 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing
24, front and rear-loading
available
DMR V11
55 pounds
450
105 x 105 x ? mm
105 mm
105 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing
20, front and rear-loading
available
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

Sources

Paul Burwell, Race Face Chester Review, Outdoorgearlab, May 20, 2023
Obé Swinney, Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals, Pinkbike, July 16, 2020
Hannah Dobson, Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals | Shred The Trails, Not Your Legs, Singletrack World, April 20, 2020
Mick Kirkman, HT PA03A flat pedal review, MBR, January 16, 2018
Paul Burwell, Chromag Synth flat pedal review, MBR, October 30, 2022
Mike Kazimer, Review: Burgtec’s New MK4 Composite Flat Pedals, Pinkbike, May 21, 2019
Ed Thomsett, E*thirteen Base flat pedals review, Bikeradar, May 17, 2020
Mark Alker, DMR V11 pedals scrutinised, ridden and then opened up, Singletrack World, November 3, 2020
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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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