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Deity Components TMAC Review

These burly, quality flat pedals have next level grip
Deity Components TMAC
Photo: Diety Components
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Price:  $169 List
Pros:  Maximum grip, large concave platform, built with high quality parts, versatile
Cons:  Expensive, sometimes too grippy, thick profile, top loading pins, heavier weight
Manufacturer:   Diety Components
By Al Morrison ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 11, 2019
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  • Grip and Traction - 25% 10
  • Platform - 25% 9
  • Mobility - 20% 8
  • Servicing - 15% 9
  • Weight - 15% 5

Our Verdict

The Deity TMAC is Tyler McCaul's signature pedal, designed to meet the demands of one of the most versatile mountain bike riders on the planet. The TMAC is a beautiful blend of thoughtful engineering and exquisite looks. These symmetrically designed pedals are extruded and machined from T6 Aluminum for strength and durability. They offer excellent balance, a large platform, and tenacious grip with 14 pins per side. Their 2.5mm concave depth enhances grip and foot comfort while climbing and descending. The shape delivers a balanced feel and helps distribute weight evenly across the platform. These big and burly pedals are our top pick for gravity-fueled riding.

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Pros Maximum grip, large concave platform, built with high quality parts, versatileTremendous amount of grip, reasonable price tag, easy to service, versatile, large platformExcellent price point, well-rounded performance, service kits readily availableTough and durable, won’t break the bank, good mid-range sizeInexpensive, functional, lightweight
Cons Expensive, sometimes too grippy, thick profile, top loading pins, heavier weightLimited foot mobility, almost too much gripConvex shape might be polarizing, not the grippiestSmaller platform and only 8 traction pins, no traction pins along the spindleQuestionable durability, not the grippiest
Bottom Line These burly, quality flat pedals have next level gripA versatile flat pedal that delivers outstanding on-trail performance at a competitive priceA well-rounded and effective composite pedal at an unbelievable price pointOverall an affordable, well-built, and durable pedal that will last a long timeAn inexpensive but functional pedal that gets the job done
Rating Categories Deity Components TMAC OneUp Components Al... OneUp Components Co... Race Face Chester RockBros Nylon Fiber
Grip And Traction (25%)
10.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Platform (25%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Mobility (20%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Servicing (15%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Weight (15%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Specs Deity Components TMAC OneUp Components Al... OneUp Components Co... Race Face Chester RockBros Nylon Fiber
Measured Weight per pair (g) 437 g 370 g 359 g 358 g 367 g
Traction Pins (per side) 14, 2 mm hex head top loading 10, 3 mm hex head bottom loading 10, 2.5 mm hex head bottom loading 8, 2.5 mm hex head bottom loading 10, 2.5 head bottom loading
Platform Dimensions (mm) 110 mm x 105 mm 114 mm x 104 mm 114 mm x 104 mm 110 mm x 101 mm 99 mm x 99 mm
Platform Profile (mm) - not including pins 19 mm leading and trailing edges, 14 mm at axle 8.8 mm leading and trailing edges, 12.1 mm at axle 13.8 mm leading and trailing edges, 16.9 mm at axle 14 mm leading and trailing edges, 17 mm center of spindle 16.25 mm at leading edge, 14 mm at axle
Concavity 5 mm difference from effective edges to center axle. Super concave 2.5mm pedal profile per side. slight convexity slight convexity 3 mm difference from effective edges to center of pedal 2.25 mm difference from effective edges to axle
Q Factor / Distance from cranks to furthest pin 113 mm 107.6 mm 106 mm 103 mm 103 mm
Bearings Multi micro sealed bearings and Deity DU bushing internals 4 double-sealed cartridge bearings DU cartridge Cartridge bearings and DU bushings "High-Speed Bearings"
Body Material Forged 6061-T6 aluminum Forged 6061-T6 aluminum Nylon Composite Nylon Composite Nylon + Molybdenum Steel
Pedal Wrench Type 15 mm pedal spanner, 8 mm hex 8 mm hex 15 mm pedal spanner, 6 mm hex 15 mm pedal spanner, 8 mm hex 15 mm pedal spanner, 6 mm hex

Our Analysis and Test Results

With over two years of R&D put into the TMAC's design, Deity developed what they refer to as "Your Dream Pedal." The pedal has a simplistic symmetrical design and square/blocky shape that makes the pedal appear more substantial in size than their 110mm x 105mm dimensions suggest. Machined from durable aluminum and fitted with high-quality components, these pedals have phenomenal grip with 14 pins per side. We loved these beefy pedals and we feel they are an excellent option for downhill and aggressive enduro riding.

Performance Comparison



Grip/Traction


The TMAC pedals have impressive amounts of grip. The 14 pins per side, lots of perimeter pin locations, and 2.5mm concavity combine to make your foot feel secure to the pedal. These pedals have so much grip that it's occasionally challenging to reposition your shoe while riding. This can be frustrating, especially when you're getting into a more technical section of a trail or about to hit a jump. There's nothing more annoying than that feeling of your foot being in the wrong position.


That said, the grip factor is so high with the TMAC that you can get away with riding with your foot in the wrong spot on the pedal for a section of trail. The one weakness we found concerning grip is the lack of pins in the middle of the pedal along the spindle. The smooth anodized spindle section feels slippery on our shoes with no pins, especially in wet riding conditions. It's natural for your feet to drift outwards as you ride and a center pin or two would help make your foot feel more secure and improve your grip in the event your footing becomes unsettled.

Beefy pins and dual concavity on the Deity TMAC
Beefy pins and dual concavity on the Deity TMAC
Photo: Al Morrison

Platform


The TMAC pedals feature a large "block" platform that's 110mm x 105mm coupled with one of the most aggressive concave designs on the market at 2.5mm. The pedals have a non-offset, symmetrical, design and square/blocky shape that feels much larger than it is. Arguably, this is a double-edged sword; the large platform is great but also leaves a large open space in the middle of the pedal. It's noticeable when your foot isn't on the pedal correctly, and your contact point is in the open area of the pedal.


The pedal grips so well it makes it hard to reposition your foot in the middle of your descent. The more you ride these, the more you get used to this, but it is worthy of mention. The large size combined with the 19mm leading edge thickness does present more potential for pedal strikes and contact with other features on the trail. We didn't experience any strikes that caused a crash while testing, but we made plenty of pedal to rock contact. The most vulnerable spots for contact are the leading edge and the outside edges of the pedal. The thickness of these pedals does make them less ideal for trail riders, or those who frequent especially technical trails.

Large platform for great feel on landings accompanied by phenomenal...
Large platform for great feel on landings accompanied by phenomenal grip
Photo: Al Morrison

Mobility


Here's the blunt truth, the TMAC grips so well that it can be challenging to move your feet at times. The openness of pedal design is noticeable, especially when climbing. The bearings work well and spin freely with no resistance. The pedals feature one of the deepest concave designs on the market, providing ample contact and control. Since the TMAC is one of the largest pedals we tested, the platform is plenty big to accommodate larger shoe sizes.


However, we found with smaller shoe sizes, the pedal's massive platform has an almost negative effect on allowing the riders foot to stay planted in one position. Due to the large open areas between the spindle and front and rear of the pedal, if the rider's foot were to move into these zones, it gave us the feeling of our shoes falling into a hole.

TMAC disassemble and servicing process
TMAC disassemble and servicing process
Photo: Al Morrison

Servicing/Build


The Deity TMAC is well constructed, and this is visible across the board from its high-quality parts to its sleek machined design. They are easy on and off the cranks. If you're looking for a hassle-free, dynamite pedal, this may be the one for you.


The pedal's design takes into consideration load distribution while riding various terrain, and Deity has created a system to prevent bearing blowout. If a bearing blowout occurs while you're the owner of these work-horses, the rebuild kit won't set you back much at all. It's available for $24.99 directly through the Deity website and doubles as the same rebuild kit for the Deity Bladerunner.

TMAC Disassemble process
TMAC Disassemble process
Photo: Al Morrison

Weight


They are far from the lightest pedals at 409g, but for their size, they hold their weight well. They offer great pedal traction and never felt out of touch with lighter pedals tested. The goal behind the TMAC was to deliver the largest platform available in the Deity pedal line up, and at the expense of little extra weight, they have created a pedal that feels much lighter than it looks. That said, the added heft and thicker profile make these pedals lies ideal for trail riding than some other options we tested.


The Deity TMAC is Tyler McCaul's signature pedal
The Deity TMAC is Tyler McCaul's signature pedal
Photo: Al Morrison

Value


You get what you pay for. The TMAC is not a cheap set of pedals but the attention to detail and years of testing behind them make these pedals a great value. Use them across many applications on multiple bikes, and in the event of a rebuild, $24.99 will have them feeling and looking fresh again.

Conclusion


Is bigger always better? The price could scare some consumers away, but the grip is amazing. Overall, the TMAC was one of the better pedals we tested. These pedals are very competitive against others in its class, and the combination of engineering, robust design, and sharp aesthetically pleasing looks make the TMAC one of our favorite flat pedals.

Al Morrison