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VP 001 Pedals

Both Brad and I have been running VP 001 pedals for a while now. They’re basically high-end platform pedals that happen to work well with the current crop of new-school straps. With or without straps, they feel great. They’re nice and wide (112 x 97mm) and they have a thin profile that mediates the cornering clearance issues that arise with running a wide pedal in the city. Plus they look good and don’t weigh an awful lot (345g/pair).

While mine have survived commuting and bike polo unscathed, Brad’s knocked a few pins out since he started using them in October—it looks like some of them backed out, while others probably broke loose on impact. No big deal, though—the pins are replaceable. The bearings are holding up well so far, as are the Chromoly axles, and the CNC machined aluminum body only shows cursory signs of wear.

The VP 001 pedals retail for $80. Visit www.vpcomponents.com for more info.

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10 Comments

  1. BrianJune 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    these pedals look great, but where the heck can you find out where/how to buy them? The problem with only going through either of the two North American distributors listed on their site is that, as a consumer, you can’t look up prices, or color options or anything. I’d love to purchase a set of these, but they make it very difficult to find the information needed to make a decision.

  2. assJune 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I’m not sure how UV got a pair of these pedals, that is if they are telling the truth to begin with. In fact, as of this writing, not a single US distributer or retailer stocks these pedals. From what I can tell, not a single pair has been manufactured. I’m guessing this blog was paid to plug the product in order to judge market demand. Websites can count hits you know. I doubt the author has a pair. If so, let’s see a picture.

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    From Brad: I don’t usually reply to incendiary comments on here directed towards us, but I will in this case. Unlike many on the internet, including commenters with fake email addresses, we have some accountability around here. Both Jeff and I have these pedals on our personal bikes. The pedals were acquired directly from VP, an advertising client of Urban Velo. And just to indulge people, below is a link to an image of me with my beat up right VP-001. They exist.

    http://urbanvelo.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/vp001.jpg

  3. Urban JeffJune 15, 2010 at 11:27 pmAuthor

    Here’s a current photo of the VP 001 Pedals I reviewed.

    Here’s a current photo of the VP 59 Pedals I reviewed.

    We get paid for advertisements, but we don’t accept money for blog posts or product reviews. It’s as simple as that.

    I got both pair of pedals from Erik Saunders, VP’s North American representative.

    Any other questions?

  4. erikJune 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    whoa… sorry to help UV into this pile of dung over my pedals…

    nothing so sinister as paid product placements and vapor-ware…

    VP is one of the oldest manufacturers in the bike game and has an outstanding reputation for quality and integrity in business practices with our customers, traditionally we have concentrated on OEM, but we are now focusing on the USA aftermarket… we have great products, original design, and we can provide folks with an awesome value in a high-end product…

    we have pedals out there with athletes and riders, and in the international market, but our distribution in the USA does lag…

    we expect our distribution in the USA to improve very soon so that they will be widely available…

    sorry for the consternation…

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  6. RobAugust 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Hi, I was also finding it hard to get these VP pedals as even the old VP website is down. The new/temp one appears to be: http://eriksaunders.net/vp-usa/

    And you can buy some VP pedals (including the VP 001) on ebay from http://stores.ebay.com/Abaxo (A solid seller)

  7. ezraOctober 6, 2010 at 12:24 am

    I can only find the gold ones on ebay. Should i look anywhere else?

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  9. DonavanOctober 18, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Ezra and anyone else looking: Rivendell is carrying these in gray. I’m about to order myself a pair right now.

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