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Race Face Atlas 2022 pedal review – superb levels of grip and super easy to service too

Race Face have redesigned the Atlas pedal for 2022. Can it now compete with the best flat pedals around?

The Race Face Atlas pedal
(Image: © Rich Owen)

Our Verdict

Race Face have done an excellent job with the new Atlas. It's as grippy as they come, lighter than most, resistant to damage, and simple to service. One of the best flat pedals you can buy.

For

  • Superb grip
  • Adjustable pin height
  • Low profile pedal body
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Easy to service

Against

  • Premium price
Our testing explained

For information on Bike Perfect's testing procedures and how our scoring system works, see our how we test page.

The Race Face Atlas pedals have been around for a fair few years, but they've been redesigned this year to be wider, thinner, grippier and easier to service than before. So do the new versions live up to Race Face's marketing claims and could they be one of the best mtb flat pedals on the market? Well, lets take a look.

Design and specifications

The new Race Face Atlas gives riders a wider platform than the original versions, the 2022 model measuring up as 110mm long by 108mm wide. The new dimensions are very similar to DMR's massively popular Vault pedal, but the front and rear edges on the Atlas are slightly shorter to accommodate its more rounded corners.

Profile-wise, at 14mm (without pins) the Atlas comes in slightly thinner than most. 10 pins adorn each pedal face, which at 2mm in diameter and 6mm long are narrower and longer than most rival pedals. The pedal's pin length can be shortened by adding the included washers and you also get several spare pins. The chamfered faces have the faintest whiff of concave, which you can make feel deeper by adjusting the pin length to suit your tastes.

If minimal weight is a key factor for you, comparing other aluminum pedals that also offer outstanding grip: DMR Vaults weigh in at 438g, Nukeproof Sam Hills are 420g, while the Atlas pedals come in around a Mars bar's worth lighter at 386g per pair.

The Atlas have a matte anodized finish with a topographic design and are available in nine different colors

The Race Face Atlas pedal and its internals

The Atlas' axle is easy to extract with a 30mm socket, vice or adjustable spanner (Image credit: Rich Owen)

Performance

I rode all kinds of terrain during the four months I spent testing the Atlas and even on the roughest conditions, in terms of grip, the pedals are as good as it gets. The long, thin pins properly lock your shoes to the pedals and if I had a complaint, it would be this locked-in feel make minor positional adjustments a tad tricky.

While the pedal body may be slightly thinner than most leading rivals, the Atlas has proved to be surprisingly durable. The only damage over months of abuse on rock-strewn trails has been a couple of lost pins. Even the anodized finish is yet to show any sign of wear and looks as good as it did on day one.

Race Face claims the Atlas is simple to service and I'm happy to report that it's very straightforward. It's easy to remove the bearing cover with a 30mm socket, vice, or adjustable spanner and extract the axle to re-grease. You'll need an extraction tool to change the oversized cartridge bearing though.

The platforms were ideal with my size 9 UK shoes (10 US, 44 EU) with plenty of room for larger footed riders. Anyone with significantly smaller feet may wish to check their shoes against the pedals before buying though.

The 2022 Race Face Atlas pedal

The curved edges and low profile shape of the Atlas helps them avoid collisions (Image credit: Rich Owen)

Verdict

The new Race Face Atlas pedals are seriously hard to fault. The level of grip they offer is superb, the curved and chamfered low profile bodies make them less of a target for rock strikes, and they have proved to be highly resilient to wear too.

They're serviceable with a single tool and should you have any issues, Race Face covers the pedals with a lifetime guarantee.  

Tech Specs: Race Face Atlas pedals 2022

  • Price: $179.99 / £149.99
  • Dimensions: 110mm (L) x 108mm (W) x 14mm (D without pins)
  • Weight: 386g per pair
  • Pedal body: 6061 aluminium
  • Axle: Chromoly steel
  • Number of pins: 20 (10 per side)
  • Pin length: 6mm
  • Spare pins included: Yes

A seasoned journalist with over 20 years experience, Rich heads up the Bike Perfect team having previous been editor of What Mountain Bike magazine and written for MBUK, Bikeradar, Cycling Plus as well as many other magazines and websites. He’s been riding mountain bikes since the mid-nineties and mostly likes hitting flowy yet technical trails that point downhill. A jack of many trades, Rich has competed in cross-country, enduro and long distance events, not to mention also now adding  gravel to his riding repertoire. Rich resides in North Devon and can mostly be found pedaling furiously around his local trails, or slightly further afield in the Quantocks, the Mendips or Exmoor. 


Rides: YT Jeffsy Uncaged 6, Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR, Vitus Substance VR

Height: 175cm

Weight: 70kg