VP Components VP-001 Pedals
The VP Components VP-001 pedals are engineered for BMX and urban riding but will take the beating they will get from a good DH ride. Throw these on your DJ as well and you're sure to maintain a firm stance on your bike. The body is extruded and CNC machined for strength and rigidity and features replaceable grip pins. The axle is CNC machined Cr-Mo with LSL & sealed bearings.
I have put two hundred + miles on these pedals with no mechanical issues at all. A previous review states the pins are not replaceable...but they are! One of the benefits of these pedals is they use a readily available 4x5mm stainless steel set screw, instead of some type of proprietary pin. So, if you start to wear them out, they can be removed and easily replaced with commonly available hardware. In fact, I replaced mine with a 4x8mm 12.9 grade hardened steel set screw, so they are stronger than the stock screws, and are a bit longer for more grip. Hardened steel might rust a bit, but is less likely to bend or get damaged if you have a rock strike...which could prevent you from being able to remove the screw. The pedals are thin, light, durable and have good grip. My only complaint with them is that the platform is a bit small. They are 112mm wide, at the widest point. My size 11's dont have much room unless I get my foot positioned PERFECT before I pedal away, and even then they barely fit and have absolutely no room for movement. I would give a 3.5 star rating if I could, but will give a 4 instead of a 3, because they are a solid product.
I've had these flats for nearly a year now and they have been great since day 1. Extremely low profile, light weight, great grip, and they look nice too. People are constantly checking out these pedals, and for good reason. I've used them on both my mountain bike and on the commuter as well. Bottom line for MTB riding with these, if your heels are down (as they should be), then you will have excellent grip. The only down side to these is the pins are not replaceable so you can't rebuild them, and that is why I'm giving 4/5 stars.
First of all they are very thin and light and offer just the right amount of grip, however, the bearings started clicking right about when I got 40 or so miles on them. And I tried VP’s support for a replacement bearing kit but no response back. So I would recommend getting a pedal with a full axle instead of 3/4 so this issue start so quickly.