Ritchey WCS V4 Mtn Pedal Pedal

2/5 (12 Reviews)
Weight : 275 grams MSRP : $269.95


Product Description

• All new dropped center design
• Features and extremely durable, hardened cromoly body that is lighter than alloy bodied parts
• New low profile clamp and curved cleat design locates your foot nearly 1/2" closer to the pedal spindle, lowering the riding position and providing easier release
• New patent-pending direct-to-body precision file loaded bearing system

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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by God of Everything a Cross Country Rider from Wilmington, DE

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2010

Strengths:    not much

Weaknesses:    seized up and won't spin freely anymore

Bottom Line:   
Went to Performance to buy a pedal they had that seemed to get pretty good reviews. I was talked into buying the Ritchey v4 pedal by the salesman who said he used them on his bike. Worked fine for a while and then became really stiff and wouldn't spin freely anymore. Tried regreasing but didn't help.Would rate zero chili if I could. Now use Time ATAC aluim and I'm very happy with those.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Performance bikes

Similar Products Used:   first clipless pedal


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by skssca a Weekend Warrior from San Francisco, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2009

Strengths:    lightweight

Weaknesses:    Throwaway product, no support or replacement bearings

Bottom Line:   
Don't go there, spd pedals from Performance would be a better bet.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Shimano SPD


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kiwijames a Racer from Lafayette, CA

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2008

Strengths:    Double sided entry, lightweight, easy in and out, decent float.

Weaknesses:    Proprietary cleats. Ritchey cleat will work in a Shim SPD pedal but not vice versa

Bottom Line:   
This is my third set of Ritchey pedals. The prior ones were Logic Pros and were abused to within and inch of our respective lives. I have always liked the float and the click in and release action. The tension at the highest is great for technical trails and some jumping and when needed for a run out fall over the handlebars, you can still release in time. The only reason I have replaced my pedals is because they got so ground down on rocks that I tore off the end cap and trashed the bearing on the first set and the 2nd set developed a bearing "click" after 3 years of being immersed in streams and crud with some pretty direct rock hots. I have never bent one yet though.
My pedals have far exceeded my expectations for longevity and I'll be back for more when these ones give up the ghost. The pedals seem to always outlast the bikes and shoes.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything in Joaquin Miller Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   eBay bike store

Similar Products Used:   Shim SPDs and years of Ritchey Logic Pros

Bike Setup:   08 Sc Blur LT2, XO, Juicy carbons, Havoc AM, Race Face Deus XC, RP23, Talas RLC, Joplin remote, Ritchey WCS Carbon bars and stem, Nevegal 2.35s

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by benevision a Cross Country Rider from Woodrising, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2007

Strengths:    Lightweight,
looks svelte, strong & well made...
accept standard shimano type cleats
easy to clip in & out


Weaknesses:    Pathetic non-weatherproof seals,
Non-standard & non-replaceable bearings,
No direct product support from Ritchey,
An unrepairable, throw-away product!


Bottom Line:   
I was seduced by these pedals' low weight and minimal looks.
After using Ritchey Mountain Logic Pros for more than five years without failure the bearings were loose and dry. They were never that easy to clip into so I decided to upgrade. I ignored all the bad reviews and went for brand loyalty, after all the old ones were still working!
Everything went well for about ten weeks, until they got wet!
Yes, the right-hand pedal went into a puddle of rainwater (not mud) and after that started feeling a bit less than smooth. Within a week it suddenly seized completely. Disassembled, the needle roller bearing had collapsed and disintegrated, gouging the pedal shaft on which it runs in the process.
Also, the seal between pedal body and shaft (on the crank side) appears to be made out that sort of low grade goopy jelly rubber they use for Halloween toy spiders.
I drove out the bearing and proceeded to search for a replacement. There is none. While the markings follow standard bearing manufacturing conventions, none of the bearing distributors or manufacturers I could search carry a bearing this wide, so Ritchey must have had this one made specially.
It might be possible to replace with two standard width bearings with the same external/internal diameters but the pedal shaft bearing surface is cactus, and it looks like getting that machined down (to accept an oversized pair of bearings) would loose the apparently hardened surface treatment.
Of course without any direct product support possible with Ritchey, the only option was an enquiry with the local distributor here in Australia. This was met with derision because I had avoided the outrageous prices Aussie cyclists are expected to pay (often 3 times US prices) by buying online. My argument is that the exclusive local representative (and Ritchey's only official contact point here) should support the brand if they believe in it enough to sell it. That they don't, means the product gets my negative press and the brand loses credibility.
Now I'm Using a much cheaper pair of Exustar PM25s, only a few grams heavier but with similar proportions and mud-clearing design.
Meanwhile I'm still buying components online and denying the middlemen their exclusive right to overcharge, and the very occasional faulty part is more than compensated by the money I've saved.
Oh, and sucko Ritchey, you've lost a once brand-loyal customer!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $69.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Mountain Logic Pro (V1)
Exustar PM25


Bike Setup:   Marin HT 2001 Palisades Trail frame with everything replaced:
RebaSL forks with Enduro seals, SC Bone flat bars, Vertrax T5 wheelset, Stylo GXP Crankset, SRAM 990/X-9 drivetrain, ThudbusterLT seatpost — NO Shimano...

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Will a Cross Country Rider from Anchorage, AK

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2007

Strengths:    Light Weight, Sheds mud, clips in nicely

Weaknesses:    Bearings already failing

Bottom Line:   
These pedals will probably be the very first thing replaced on my bike. The bearing seal on one side failed in the first 3 days of riding. They're starting to have a significant amount of play. Basically, the bearings suck and guess what? You can't replace em.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came on bike

Bike Setup:   Stock Marin East Peak

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Eryk a Weekend Warrior from East Rutherford

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2007

Strengths:    Clips in nicely, sheds mud well, pedal body is sturdy.

Weaknesses:    Clips out too easily, bearings are very weak, seals do not keep stuff out, and mounting of pedal body to axle is unreliable.

Bottom Line:   
Do not buy these pedals unless you will ride them once a year. The bearings and seals are really bad - which is ironic because there are easily best Ritchey Pedals to shed mud - but then the bearings are not designed to work in muddy coditions. I've also had unpleasant experience with Ritchey CS - totally unhelpful, and unwilling to provide any advice. The company does not stand behind their product at all. To be fair, when the bearings worked - the pedals performed well though the spring tension was weak and accidental releases were commonplace. Due to short durability lifespan, and lack of support from Ritchey - I would not recommend these pedals.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   All Ritchey models since 1998.


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jim a Cross Country Rider from Southern Calif.

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2007

Strengths:    Light, nice looking, easy entry and release.

Weaknesses:    Very poor bearings; not well sealed

Bottom Line:   
I am very disapointed. I liked these pedals a lot, but was amazed that one of them siezed up so soon. Maybe if you took them apart every 3 months or so and repacked them they would last longer. Ritchey does not say so anywhere in the box. I sent them an email requesting bearing replacements, and got absolutely no response. List price is pretty high on these and I expected more. Aparently Ritchey does not want me to buy any more of their products, and I will be happy to oblige. My cheapo Performance pedals ($24) have lasted 3 plus years, and are still spinning smoothly.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Performance store brand, borrowed Egg Beaters

Bike Setup:   Turner Burner, second tier components

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by clint a Racer from manchester, ct

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2006

Strengths:    light

Weaknesses:    These things suck. The end cap on the inside came off after 1 month, broke off after 2 months. By the third month, they were both totally bound up and worthless, without even riding them much in mud at all. Took them apart, cleaned and regreased, lasted oine more ride. SUCK

Bottom Line:   
SUCK

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rodney a Weekend Warrior from The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2006

Strengths:    Light, low-profile, very easy to get-in/out.

Weaknesses:    Adjustability range is too limited after one month I had to crank up the tension to the max.
Very poor bearings, completely messed up after 6 months, poor sealing.
I was not able to loosen the end-cap of one pedal and destroyed in it the process, which is of course easily done with aluminium end-caps!


Bottom Line:   
This is an update on my previous review. These pedals look great, work great but don't last long. Waste of money! Back to SPD's (which last for many years).

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Shimano SPD, Crank Bothers, DMR flats

Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR 2004

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Moe a Cross Country Rider from Smithfield RI USA

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2005

Strengths:    light weight, good clearance

Weaknesses:    weak springs

Bottom Line:   
The springs are definitely not strong enough, but there is an easy fix. Loosen both adjustment screws all the way out. With pedal in flat position see where the 2 springs contact the pedal body. Take a piece of 3/16 zip tie and jam it in space between end of spring and pedal body, snip it off flush with end of spring. the other half is a bit trickier bcause now there is some tension, you may have to use a pocket screwdriver to create a space. Flip pedal over and repeat. You just gained about 3 clicks on the adjusting screw. Bogus? You bet, but it works like a charm. The spacer will not come out because of the spring tension. Pedal performance is now excellent. Long term durability of pedal is TBD. Note to Ritchey, spec a stronger spring.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $99.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimano spds

Bike Setup:   2005 Stump FSR

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rodney a Weekend Warrior from The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2005

Strengths:    Light, low-profile, reasonably large platform (compared to egg-beaters)

Weaknesses:    Adjustability range, with new cleats already set to 1 notch below max. Need to be set quick tight to avoid accidental pullouts when hammering the bike. Not so easy to get in/out compared to the eggbeaters (but normal for SPD type pedals).

Bottom Line:   
Still looking for the ideal pedal allowing my to get in/out quickly when going to difficult sections or performing tricks.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Various Shimano SPD's, Crank Brothers Egg Beater

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper FSR 2004

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Speiche a Cross Country Rider from Tulsa

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2005

Strengths:    Price (bought them for about $49), Weight, 8º Float (good for my worn out knees...)

Weaknesses:    Adjustability - you have to tighten the pedal to the max and sometimes that is still not enough. Rust after 2 weeks...

Bottom Line:   
Okay for the price, had no major problems so far, was using them mostly in dry conditions (no mud experience so far). I wish I could tighten them more for some trails.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $49.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimano 540 and 520

Bike Setup:   2005 Stumpjumper Pro

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