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The top 7 lightest mountain bike flat pedals

In this article I’m going to give you a selection of the lightest mountain bike flat pedals on the market today.

The average mountain bike flat pedal weighs around 400 grams per pair. Unlike with other components there isn’t a huge difference in weight between budget and very expensive pedals. The reason is that carbon isn’t used in quality pedals to bring the weight down, because one pedal-strike and your carbon pedal would probably explode.

That means you’re left with aluminum bodies and there’s only so much CNC’ing to be done before you negatively impact the strength of your pedal body. Another avenue to reduce weight is to swap out the chromoly axle for a titanium one, and create the body from magnesium instead of aluminum.

Where usually lighter means much more expensive, that’s also not the case with flat pedals. The cheaper alternative for aluminum is using either nylon or a nylon composite. And nylon is lighter (and less durable) than aluminum.

To create a list that also includes affordable options, a number of the best and lightest composite pedals are also included here. In the end, it makes for an interesting overview of the lightest mountain bike flat pedals, with the most premium lightweight versions sitting next to the best budget lightweight ones.

HT ME03T

HT ME03T flat pedal
HT ME03T flat pedal
HT ME03T flat pedal
HT ME03T flat pedal
HT ME03T flat pedal
HT ME03T flat pedal

The lightest entry on this list, by far, is the HT ME03T. They are made of magnesium (hence the “M”) and a titanium spindle, which lowers the weight to a mere 218 grams. This is extraordinary considering the fact that the next lightest entry is 35 percent heavier.

The pedals are extremely thin. 11mm So if you like your pedals to be anorexic, and absolutely minimize the risk of pedal strikes, this is the setup for you.

HT (which stands for Hsing Ta) is a brand that only manufactures bicycle pedals (or it seems that way) and these are both their lightest and most expensive flat pedals. And with a price almost nearing 300 euros they are wallet-draining indeed.

The pedal makes use of HT’s proprietary EVO+ bearing system, which includes ball bearings within a container between two separate races, and 2 bushings.

The platform is relatively small and incredibly thin at 102 x 96 x 11 mm. The platform does provide ample amounts of grip with 20, rear-loading pins made from aluminum to further reduce the weight.

There’s something special about any bike component that caters to weight weenies, and this is truly a gorgeous piece of engineering for those who’re willing to spend the money.

Expert Experience

81 | Alex Evans – 44627

I had high hopes for the ME03 pedals given their super-slim profile and light weight, but the wedge-shaped platform and inner-bearing bulge scuppered grip, focusing my foot’s pressure away from the grippy, sharp pins.

The platform’s shape also canted my foot outwards slightly and pressured my arches, which felt unnatural until I’d got used to it.

Their slim profile meant rock and ground strikes were few and far between, and the pedals proved to be robust during the test period. Their low weight will appeal to plenty of riders out there, too.

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

83 | Mick Kirkman – 43116

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

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

Crankbrothers Stamp 11 Small

Crankbrothers Stamp 11 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 11 Small flat pedal

Of all the mountain bike flat pedals I’ve researched, the Crankbrothers Stamp 11 is the most expensive at a retail price of 300 USD. No matter how you slice it, that’s a lot of money for a bicycle component, that really isn’t that complex. So what exactly does such an amount of money get you?

For starters, you’ll get a pedal that weighs exactly the same as their most budget offering: the Stamp 1. A pedal that costs 6 times less at 50 dollars. But that’s about as far as comparisons go.

But when talking about comparisons, it IS exactly the same as the Stamp 7. The Stamp 11 only differs in the material used for the spindle, which in this case is made from titanium.

The Stamp 7 costs 180 USD and offers the same dual bearing setup, the same aluminum body, and the same overall shape and size.

So if you ask me, 120 dollars for a titanium spindle and a 45 gram weight reduction across two pedals is a bit too much for my taste. Especially considering the fact you get the exact same riding experience with the Stamp 1.

So I’d go for the Stamp one or, if you don’t care about the money, go for the HT ME03T, which offers a magnesium body besides the titanium spindle.

Expert Experience

88 | Robin Weaver – 43385

As the pins are of the grub-screw variety and screw in from the top, they fill with dirt easily, which makes them harder to adjust. I extended them to just over 5mm and was impressed with the traction on offer, bolstered by the incredibly stable platform. I’m yet to dislodge any pins, even after numerous rock strikes.

These test pedals still feel smooth, too, even after a decent stint riding in atrocious conditions. While I love how the Stamp 11s feel, their high price means that I’d happily take the 7s instead, even if they are a touch heavier.

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

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

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

80 | Paul Burwell – 45066

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

Specifications lightest mountain bike flat pedals

Name
Price
Weight
Size
Length
Width
Height
Body
Spindle
Bearings and bushings
Pins
Service kit
HT ME03T
285 USD
218
102 x 96 x 11 mm
102 mm
96 mm
11 mm
magnesium
titanium
EVO+ bearing, 2 IGUS bushings
20, rear-loading
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
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small
49.99 USD
299
100 x 100 x 13 mm
100 mm
100 mm
13 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
Igus LL-glide bearing
Enduro MAX 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
Igus LL-glide bearing
Enduro MAX cartridge bearing
18, rear-loading
available
Crankbrothers Stamp 11 Small
299.99 USD
299
100 x 100 x 13 mm
100 mm
100 mm
13 mm
aluminium
titanium
3 IGUS bearings
20, front-loading
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
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 bushings
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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