To be perfectly honest, these are the best pedals that I have ever stepped on. While pedal preference is a very personal choice, the combination of a larger platform and the exaggerated concave center cradles my size 12 feet perfectly. Tyler and Deity did it right on these pedals, taking the time to fine tune the smallest of details like the mud shedding channels machined into the body. They also achieved a great balance of traction and pin placement. They aren’t the grippiest flats on the market, so if maximum grip is your thing, the TMAC pedals may not be for you. If complete control, and being able to make small foot adjustments while riding are your thing, then the TMAC can’t be beat.
They key to the TMAC’s success is that is doesn’t rely entirely on the pedal pins for foot retention. Instead, the TMAC’s concave center cradles the ball of your foot and lets you retain just enough foot rotation and movement while still having control to throw the bike around. The large platform also aids in the overall sense of security on these pedals.
Instead of feeling like your foot is on top of the pedal, TMAC’s give a sense that your foot is in the pedal. Testers also noted that because of the pedal’s large platform, foot comfort during extended periods of standing was vastly improved as weight is distributed over a larger surface area. That extra platform also means that if you do loose a foot and need to get it back on the pedal quickly, you’ve got a larger margin for error.
While most pedals have gone to a “thinner is better” design ethos, Deity bucked the trend and listened to their rider who’s living life on his pedals. The TMAC measures 16.5mm on the outer edge and 14mm in the center. Not once did I wish for a thinner pedal. In fact, many of the ultra thin pedals on the market today leave me wanting, as they often have an almost completely flat platform or even convex and rely entirely on the pins to keep your feet on the pedals.