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Nukeproof Neutron EVO flat pedals review

Budget performers with plenty of grip

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £39.00 RRP | USD $48.00 | EUR €41.00 | AUD $64.00
Nukeproof Neutron EVO mountain bike flat pedals

Our review

The low asking price goes a long way to compensating for some of the Neutron’s flaws
Pros: Large-feeling platform; sharp pins give good traction; very affordable
Cons: Slightly convex profile reduces grip; plastic pins hinder rather than help
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The Nukeproof Neutron EVO has been redesigned for this 2022 iteration, getting new pedal pin placements for improved grip.

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The nylon-reinforced composite body has seven replaceable pins and three moulded pins, and spins on a chromoly steel axle.

The pedal is available in 13 colours to suit anyone’s tastes.

Nukeproof Neutron EVO details and specifications

With a pedal body that’s 95(L)x99mm(W) at its largest point and has all-round chamfered edges, the Neutron looks to be able to brush off rock strikes.

However, the 18mm-deep axle housing is marginally thicker than the front and rear edges, both measuring 17mm.

This gives the pedal’s body a slightly convex shape, despite the joining ribs being only 12mm at their thinnest point.

Nukeproof Neutron EVO mountain bike flat pedals
The central axle support prevents the Nukeproof pedal from having a concave shape.
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Of the seven pins, the two on the outer edge are 5.5mm long, while the remaining five front- and rear-edge pins are 4.5mm long.

The metal pins screw into small captive nuts in the pedal’s platform from the backside thanks to an Allen key fitment.

The three moulded pins are shorter at 3mm. My pair of test pedals weighed 350g.

Nukeproof Neutron EVO performance

Despite measuring up smaller than other competing pedals, the Neutron’s platform feels large underfoot thanks to its square shape.

This meant I could place my feet slightly off-centre without significantly sacrificing grip or stability. However, the platform, true to its profile figures, doesn’t feel concave.

This meant my foot’s pressure was spread evenly over the central axle bulge and the pins.

Nukeproof Neutron EVO mountain bike flat pedals
Thanks to the metal pins, traction was good, but it would have been better if there weren’t three moulded pins.
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While this didn’t massively reduce grip, my feet did tend to twist, causing my heels to rest against the pedal cranks.

This lack of outright traction meant I could quickly reposition my feet on the platform, though.

The three plastic pins contributed to a reduction in grip, their wider diameter making it harder for them to dig into the soles of my shoes.

How we tested

We’ve tested 13 flat pedals for mountain bikes in some of the harshest conditions on a host of terrain types – from bumpy on-the-gas sections through to flat-out rough and worn downhill tracks – to see how much grip they offer and help you find the perfect companion.

You can also find our top-rated reviews in BikeRadar’s guide to the best mountain bike pedals.

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Nukeproof Neutron EVO bottom line

The Neutron EVO is a cost-effective way of accessing reasonably good levels of grip.

At this price point, we expect some limitations, mostly caused by the plastic pins and pedal body shape.

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They aren’t as grippy as some other nylon pedals, but the diminutive asking price makes up for it.

Product Specifications


Price br_price, 5, 3, Price, AUD $64.00EUR €41.00GBP £39.00USD $48.00
Weight br_weight, 5, 6, Weight, 350g (95(L)x99(W)x18(D)mm) – as tested, Array, g
Brand br_brand, 5, 10, Brand, Nukeproof


Features br_Features, 11, 0, Features, Body material: Nylon-reinforced composite
Axle material: CrMo
Pins CrMo: 7 replaceable & adjustable pins and 3 moulded pins per side