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  Thin Gripster pedals, Dark Grey VP-001

Made in: Taiwan

Availability: Back in stock
product code: PE4

Thin Gripster pedals

It takes a magnificent pedal to pull us a slight bit away from MKS in Japan, and this pedal here, made by a Taiwanese parts magnate, is that kind of pedal. We won’t say it’s a better pedal, but it has enough (three things) going for it to be worth a look.

(1) It comes with spikies, for super grip, already installed with threadlock.
(2) It is thin top-to-bottom to improve cornering clearance. You should lower your saddle a hair.
(3) It nestles up super close to the crank arm, to also help cornering.

Summary so far: Great grip, great cornering. They’re a little lighter than Grip Kings, but not enough to mention. Really.

The body is CNC machined. That means less than diddly in an application such as this, but it has to jack up the price. The bearings are sealed and noticeably smoother out of the box than are MKS bearings, but MKS bearings get smoother with time and have a track record so fantastic that --- whatever they do works good enough.

The thin-ness of the Thin Gripers rules out mounting a pedal reflector, a minor bummer, because integral pedal reflectors are always on and they ID you as a bike rider at night. You CAN wear an ankle band, and we have the best one in the world. Or you can Just Ride in the day.

Dark grey, titanium-ish, an exclusive just for Rivendell color.

And if you just have to have extra security, take a look at the USA made Hold Fast Foot Retention System (FRS).

AKA Thin Griper pedal as described (oops) in the 2013 Riv #20 catalogue.


Click on the following link to see how to overhaul these pedals.


lo-fi pedal comparison video

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 14   Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Just the best touring pedals ATMO December 11, 2014
Reviewer: Julius Rumpf from Berlin, Germany  
When I bought the Thin Gripster, I first used them on my town bike. They provided lots of traction and comfort with sneakers. In short: they performed impeccably.

I also took the Thin Gripsters on a tour across South America, and that is where they really shone. After a fully loaded 5,500+ km (roughly 3500 mi) trip over dreadful gravel roads, singletrack, through deserts and the icy cold of the Andes' peaks, they still spin smoothly as silk. Not once did my feet slip on them accidentally. The bearings have zero play, and all pins are still in place.

The only problem I can think of is that they really do gobble up cheap sneaker soles. A soft sole seems to wear slower: I am not having any problems with my indoor handball shoes after years of riding.

Seriously, I would recommend this pedal for recreational use on ANY bike.

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In case you were wondering about snow & ice January 3, 2014
Reviewer: Roderick Holland from Arlington, MA United States  
I'm using a pair of these pedals on my icebike, they provide great foot retention in cold, wet, icy conditions.

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easy rebuild , great color August 11, 2013
Reviewer: Sal7 from sp@bikerider.com  
easy to rebuild  , no bearing adjustments like cup & cone bearings . Rebuild kits are available from VP .
the exclusive Riv color  really dresses up my seldom washed Koga-Miyata ...

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Great pedals, great grip May 23, 2013
Reviewer: Thomas Scott from Waverly, IA United States  
I've ridden these pedals for about 400 miles so far, commuting, randonneuring, and a 100 mile gravel grinder.  They're great with street shoes, tennis shoes, Keen sandals.  Leave your clipless shoes at home.  Love the ability to move my feet to different positions. I have wide feet, and can get a good grip just about anywhere on the pedal.  
Only complaint - the edges of the pedals are sharp, and I actually cut my shin while walking my bike up a hill last week.  I'd advise grinding down the ends if you're going to ride in shorts

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Totally Worth Every Dollar April 15, 2013
Reviewer: David Chung from Garden Grove, CA United States  
So I recently installed my VP-001 pedals and it was wet and rainy today. Rain never stopped me from riding in the past, and I figured it'd be a good test to see if they stay grippy when conditions get slippy. I purposefully rode over bumps, potholes, and cobblestones to see if my feet would slip off as well. I'm pleased to report that these pedals grip better than any non-clipless/non-strapped pedal I've ever used. They're even better than my trusty MKS Touring with Power Grips installed! I'm never going back to foot retention unless I'm riding a fixed gear. And yes, these things come in Gold color. Also in Blue and Red. I'm going to stockpile these pedals for all of my bikes.

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