Reverse Components Black ONE pedals review

Grippy flat pedals, but pricey

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The Black ONEs are simple-looking flat pedals with 10 pins per side (20 in total per pedal) that are replaceable and adjustable, sealed cartridge bearings, a concave profile and a 100x100mm platform. My samples weighed a slender 310g for the pair — a meagre gram over their claimed weight.

While the large number of aggressive pins provides plenty of grip, the platform isn’t quite as big as on the likes of the CrankBrothers Stamp.

On the trail, this is only really noticeable if you dab your feet a lot in turns, where a bigger platform makes life that bit easier.

When it comes to durability, the Black ONEs have resisted rock strikes fairly well and the pins haven’t wriggled loose.

The bearing and sealing system leaves a little to be desired, though. After only a few rides in the wet (and some negligent maintenance), the bearings became squeaky and felt rough when spun by hand.

A regrease brought the pedals back to life, but the speed at which their performance degraded highlights a sealing or bearing issue that needs to be rectified. I’d expect such pricey pedals (€120) to resist at least a month of use without maintenance.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'10
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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