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VP Vice - Full season Review

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The Good:

Cheap, Solid construction, Durable Bearings, Thin For the price

The Bad:

Pins wear quickly, No gripping shape to pedal, Small for big footed people, Not the grippiest pedal out there

Overall Review:

This past season, I put 3.5 months of the VP Vice on test at mammoth bike park, with other parks ridden as well. The bike was a Commencal Furious, and the shoe I wore was a Specialized 2FO (last years model)

Now VP makes tons of pedals. TONS. they have the manufacturing background and capabilities to make a solid platform pedal, while reducing costs. Now these pedals aren’t “free range, Non-GMO and raised without antibiotics,” but they are cheap. And when you’re looking to upgrade from the plastic wellgos to a decent pair of flats, these are what you need. Shop around, but I got mine for $45 on Amazon

I put these through the rough stuff, especially the washboard and chatter sections, places where flats tend to get me off the pedals. The grip through it was pretty good, but I did feel a little bit of lift. But here’s where it helped out in the rough stuff - I had zero attachment to them. $45? I’ve seen pedals go for 3 times the price. Rocky section with a chance to hit the pedal? Who cares. They’re solid and metal, so I had no worries of cracking the pedal. And it never did. 

So the off chance you come off during a slip, it is pretty easy to reposition. Although that is said for the “lack” of grip. The pins aren’t sharpened to a shiv, but they’re not like the end of a ballpoint pen. Although they do wear pretty quickly, as I was replacing the first one after about 2 months.

Speaking of wear, at the end of the season, only a tiny amount of slop was noticed. Probably a bit longer till a rebuild, or just buy another pair.

As far as the shape goes, it’s pretty flat, with no concavity. That with a little wider platform would help tons, although I do have big feet. Small complaints, but an overall solid foundation.

Bottom line - you just upgraded to a decent spec bike, but you don’t have much budget left over, these are a top choice. If the profile was a bit more modern, and the surface a little more grippy, then it would be a killer contender. 

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2 seasons of riding and still ticking

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The Good:

cheap, lots of pins

The Bad:

no concavity

Overall Review:

Have ridden these pedals for 2 seasons on all-mountain trails with no issues. I only ride couple times a week max, but they have held up through all sorts of conditions and no signs of any re-build as of yet.  I have replaced a few pins due to mild wear and some rock strikes, but no structural issues.

They have a pretty good sized footprint for myself (size 10.5 US shoe), and the only thing I wish it had was a little bit of concavity to it.  If it did I'm sure it would be bulletproof in all conditions.

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Specifications
Product VP Components VP Vice Flat Pedal
Riding Type Dirt Jump / Slopestyle, Downhill, Freeride / Bike Park, Trail
Body Material Aluminum
Body Material Details Extruded and CNC Aluminum Body, 105 x 105 x 17mm Platform
Bearing Type LSL and Sealed Cartridge Bearings
Spindle Spec Full length Forged and Heat Treated Cromoly Axle
Forged Titanium Axle Upgrade Available (shaving 70g per pair)
Pin Spec 12 Replaceable Back-Out Pins per Side (Rebuild and Pin Kits available)
Colors 4 Anodized Colors: Black, Grey, Red, Blue
Weight 0 lb 14.3 oz (406 g)
Miscellaneous From dirt jumping to all-mountain trails and even commuting or the occasional pub crawl, the VP VICE (VP-015) is the flat pedal that out-performs them all. The axle and bearings have been constructed to combine strength and durability with smooth running performance. Its low profile design gives you a planted feel while its thinness increases ground clearance reducing impacts with rocks and roots. The VP VICE is engineered to give you the best grip no matter what the riding conditions are. With 12 pins per side and a large surface area, the VP VICE feels great with any shoe style.

Product # VP-015
Price $95
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