The Nukeproof Neutron EVO has been redesigned for this 2022 iteration, getting new pedal pin placements for improved grip.
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.
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.
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.
Also on test:
- Crankbrothers Stamp 7 review
- Deity TMAC review
- DMR Vault review
- DMR V12 review
- Gusset Slim Jim CNC review
- Hope F20 review
- HT ME03 review
- OneUp Composite Pedals review
- PINND CS2 review
- PNW Components Loam Pedal review
- Race Face Chester review
- Shimano PD-GR500 review
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.
They aren’t as grippy as some other nylon pedals, but the diminutive asking price makes up for it.