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Deity Components TMAC Review

These quality flat pedals have next level grip
Diety Components TMAC
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $169 List
Pros:  Maximum grip, large concave platform, built with high quality parts, versatile
Cons:  Expensive, sometimes too grippy, prone to pedal strikes
Manufacturer:   Diety Components
By Al Morrison ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 11, 2019
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RANKED
#1 of 10
  • Grip and Traction - 25% 10
  • Platform - 25% 9
  • Mobility - 20% 9
  • 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 ample 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. Constructed with high-quality components and available in 8 colors, the TMAC is our Editors' Choice award-winning pedal.

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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." What exactly makes the TMAC a dream pedal? For starters, it proved plenty capable for not only downhill or enduro use, but it was also equally at home on dirt jumps, freeriding, or in the bike park. There's no doubt that the TMAC can handle any style of mountain biking you throw at it. The TMAC can be your one-stop shop for the best all-around flat pedal.

Moreover, 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 unmatched characteristics that set them apart from the competition. Throw in best in class grip and easy maintenance, the Deity TMAC is everything we want in a flat pedal.

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

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 does present some 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.

Large platform for great feel on landings accompanied by phenomenal grip
Large platform for great feel on landings accompanied by phenomenal grip

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

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

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.


The Deity TMAC is Tyler McCaul's signature pedal
The Deity TMAC is Tyler McCaul's signature pedal

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. Not only did the TMAC prove to be plenty capable for downhill or enduro use, but it was also equally at home on dirt jumps, freeriding, or in the bike park. For this reason, we picked the Deity TMAC as our Editors Choice award winner.

Al Morrison