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Deity Components TMAC Review

The Diety TMAC is the king of all pedals with next level grip.
Diety Components TMAC
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Price:  $169 List | $168.99 at Competitive Cyclist
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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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. The 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 2019 Editors' Choice award-winning pedal.


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Pros Maximum grip, large concave platform, built with high quality parts, versatileUnshakeable grip, huge platform, lightweight, hidden grease port, angled traction pins, double concave.High grip, strong build, fairly pricedSuper versatile do-it-all pedal, cool industrial styling, bottom loading pins, strong stubby axle, no fancy tools required for service, affordable.High-end looks, large platform, lightweight, slim profile.
Cons Expensive, sometimes too grippy, prone to pedal strikesVery expensive, not very versatile, difficult compatability with some cranks.Hard to relocate foot mid-decent. Not as playful, heavy if you do a lot of pedaling. Not ideal for dirt jumpingSmall-ish platform, some may want more grip, slight hump underfoot at axle.Lower grip, wide traction pins, too many traction pins for their size, top loading pins.
Bottom Line The Diety TMAC is the king of all pedals with next level grip.The perfect match for weight-conscious enduro racers that want a huge platform with unshakeable grip.Beautifully machined CNC finish combined with high durability makes this pedal one tough trooper.No matter where you ride or what you ride, the Vice has you covered.A little more slip than grip, but if that's the free foot feel you're after, then these pedals rip.
Rating Categories Deity Components TMAC Race Face Atlas Nukeproof Horizon Pro VP Components VP-Vice Funn Python
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Specs Deity Components... Race Face Atlas Nukeproof Horizon... VP Components... Funn Python
Measured Weight per pair (g) 437 g 347 g 426 g 415 g 360 g
Traction Pins (per pedal) 28, 2 mm hex head top loading 20, 3 mm hex head- bottom loading 20, 2 mm hex head bottom loading with 1 mm washers per pin 24 (16 hex, 8 grub) bottom loading pins 24 top loading
Platform Dimensions (mm) 110 mm x 105 mm 101 mm x 114 mm 100 mm x 105 mm 105 mm x 96 mm 101 mm x 108 mm
Platform Profile (mm) - not including pins 19 mm leading and trailing edges, 14 mm at axle 14.5mm, 12mm double concave 18 mm leading and trailing edges, 16 mm at axle 14mm 11mm leading and trailing edges. 14 mm at axle
Concavity 5 mm difference from effective edges to center axle. Super concave 2.5mm pedal profile per side. 2.5 mm difference from effective edges to tapered end of spindle 2 mm difference from effective edges to middle of axle
Q Factor / Distance from cranks to furthest pin 113 mm 111 mm 110 mm
Bearings Multi micro sealed bearings and Deity DU bushing internals 4 full sealed cartridge bearings per pedal 4 per pair LSL and sealed cartridge bearings Self lubricating cartridge bearings
Body Material 6061-T6 Aluminium 6061-T6 aluminum Forged 6061-T6 Alloy body with CNC finishing Extruded and CNC aluminum 6061 Aluminum full CNC
Pedal Wrench Type 15 mm pedal spanner, 8 mm allen 8mm allen 15 mm pedal spanner, 8 mm allen 8mm allen 6mm allen
MSRP Cost $168.99 $145.34 $74.99 $33.99
Manufacturer's Website/purchase site www.deitycomponents.com www.chainreactioncycles.com www.chainreactioncycles.com www.amazon.com

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 you want in a flat pedal and more!

Performance Comparison



Grip/Traction


The Deity 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 is.


Best Applications


The Deity TMAC pedals are well suited for many applications. These pedals will work great for downhill, enduro, or bike park riding due to their large platform and quality construction.
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 an engineering marvel, 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 2019 Editors Choice award winner.


Al Morrison