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  Thin Gripster pedals, Dark Grey VP-001

Made in: Taiwan

product code: PE4

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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.

How To Rebuild VP Pedals- VP-VICE, VP-69, VP-001, VP-Vex, VP-Push Series from VP Components on Vimeo.

lo-fi pedal comparison video

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 16   Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Exactly as their name implies... June 14, 2016
Reviewer: BC from Lawrenceville, NJ United States  
Thin and grippy!  Currently own 2 pair and installed 'em on my more aggressive off-roadie bikes vs. the MKS Grip Kings on a more casual townie bike (where the MKS's reflectors are more appreciated and the grip less crucial.) Not a knock against the Grip Kings... Thin Gripsters are  just grippier and better suited for the rougher stuff than the stock GK's IMHO.  One pair is matched up nicely with the aforementioned Hold Fast FRS straps on a CX-ish and SimpleOne-ish inspired fixed/free "dingle speed" fun bike and I couldn't be happier with 'em.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Better than clipless May 26, 2016
Reviewer: Jason M from Chattanooga, TN United States  
Switched from clipless several years ago and just rode in my first half Ironman with these pedals and an old pair of running shoes.  Didn't slip once and honestly don't think it had any effect on my time.  Averaged 18mph for 56 miles.  Such a good feeling passing tricked out carbon bikes on my 26lb Surly (wish I could afford a Rivendell right now)and no numb feet after.  Plus I flew out of transition while others clumsily tried to clip in.

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  1 of 1 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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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
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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  1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
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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