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The top 6 best flat mountain bike pedals under 50

In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best flat mountain bike pedals under 50 USD. And that’s 50 dollars suggested retail price, so you might even get a better deal on them in certain places.

Mountain bike flat pedal prices range from sub-twenty dollars versions to prices ten times or more that amount. But if you look hard enough there are tried-and-true trail-ready pedals that are probably just as good for the average mountain biker as more premium variants.

What I’ve done when assembling this list is simply looking at the pedal characteristics. I’m talking about body material, spindle material, bushings and bearings, service kit availability, number of pins, and pin placement and of course, weight and price.

In the end pedals really aren’t all that complex and what makes a quality flat pedal comes down to the attributes just mentioned. After distilling a list of many pedals a few sub-50 dollar entries stand out from the crowd. And yes, my list does feature flat pedals with aluminum bodies as well.

It’s these pedals that are featured in my list of the best flat mountain bike pedals under 50, which will prove to help you shred your local trails without churning through your well-earned cash.

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 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

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

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

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

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

Specifications flat mountain bike pedals under 50

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 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
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
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
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
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
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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