VP 133 DH Older Pedals

3/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $50.00


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VP 133 DH


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Paul French a Cross Country Rider from Brisbane, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2006

Strengths:    Looks ok, even though they're crap.

Weaknesses:    First set lasted only 8 weeks (1000 km) of on-road commuting. The exchanged pair lasted 12 months before they went the same way (pedal comes off spindle due to broken retaining ring).

Bottom Line:   
Don't wate any money buying VP products because they are very poor value. There is an old saying that “you get what you pay for” but these are just garbage for the price.

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Favorite Trail:   between home and work

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $85.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Shimano PD-M424

Bike Setup:   Kona Blast

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by al a Cross Country Rider from ottawa

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2005

Strengths:    replaceble face plates?

Weaknesses:    clips out so easy, all the time, you will hurt yourself... stops me constantly in middle of climbs, clips out when trying to balance with one knee out...

Bottom Line:   
these pedals stink, dont get them... they clip out with little to no effort. I can pull up while pedaling and they'll clip out. I have them set up on the hardest level. Destroyed a pair of shoes, took a quarter inch off where the pedal touched the sole, cause the rubber was rubbing against the pedal, that only made it worst). Cliping in I have to stand up and put body weight into it to get it to clip in and it feels like theres pressure pushing your cleat out of the pedal, overall not worth 10$, you'll hurt yourself.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $56.00

Purchased At:   mec

Similar Products Used:   alot, like 15-20 high end to low end (shimano pd250$ to stock 5$ pedals) and every one was better than this horrid pair of garbage, way way better

Bike Setup:   full xc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by michael a Weekend Warrior from raleigh,nc, usa

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2002

Strengths:    spring loaded bindings, much cheaper than Shimano

Weaknesses:    hard to find, need to pick the bark/debris out of the bottom side

Bottom Line:   
Maintainance People, these pedals require a cleaning, lubing after each ride (just like the bike). Regular maintainance wil keep them in great working shape. They do require to be adjusted properly. Been riding with these for 3 years (800+ miles). They have held up even though they've been bashed by rocks and trees, through water and covered with mud. Mine have had no problems with any cleats yet (used the ones that came with my specialized shoes and Shimano cleats).

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Favorite Trail:   any singletrack

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   supergo.com

Bike Setup:   proflex 756 w/ LX shifters, XT front and XTR rear derailluers, Girvin chubby front fork and mtn speed spring w/ ODS rear shock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Simon Jackson a Cross Country Rider from Mansfield, Notts, UK

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2002

Strengths:    Very sturdy, cage around the outside very useful, provides support for new user.

Weaknesses:    After 2 years of use, one of them fell apart on me. Just fell off the axle.

Bottom Line:   
Good cheap pedal for beginners.

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Favorite Trail:   Teversal, Notts

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Nottingham

Similar Products Used:   Now bought Shimano M515's. See how they go. Wonder if they will last 2 years!


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew a Cross Country Rider from POrt Elizabeth, South Africa

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2001

Strengths:    Durable, inexpensive, they do the job

Weaknesses:    A little bit heavy, but that is only a minor gripe.

Bottom Line:   
I would recommend these highly for beginners. They will give you time to get used using cleats while still having a normal sized pedal, also I have been using them for a long time now and bashed them against rocks more times than I can remember and they still work fine. More advanced riders might want a lighter pedal though.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   Team Orbea, deore, manitou magnum r, trams am flite saddle

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bob JOnes a Weekend Warrior from Denmark

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2001

Strengths:    Cheap and easy to use

Weaknesses:    None so far although I think my cleats are starting to wear a bit.

Bottom Line:   
Cheap, easy to use. Surprised that they are not more popular. Seem to do the job but I've never tried Shimanos yet so nothing really to compare with. Hammered them for a year and they are still perfect.

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Favorite Trail:   blood red

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Bike Setup:   Full sus travel machne

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by steve a Downhiller from korea

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2000

Strengths:    price, function

Weaknesses:    vp multi release cleats don't work with thhese pedals.

Bottom Line:   
Other reviewers wrote that these pedals don't accept Ritchey or Shimano cleats, but those are the only cleats I can use with my pedals. The VP cleats (multi release) simply do not work. The don't clip in easily and come out whenever they want to, even when just coasting on asphalt! When I use my Ritchey cleats, I haven't had any problem with coming unclipped in one year of hard riding. However, I just broke one of the clamping jaws when I hit a pipe that was on the side of the road with the bottom of the pedal. That shouldn't happen. No bearing problems. Anyway, I just bought a second pair of these pedals and will give them a 3 for the cleat interface crap and the broken jaw. No matter what the price, these thing shouldn't happen. Like the aesthetics, by the way.

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Favorite Trail:   acha-san

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Seoul

Similar Products Used:   all major clipless pedals.

Bike Setup:   6" custom travel, FSR main frame, mx6

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jonny from who cares

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2000

Bottom Line:   
HERES ANOTHER UPDATE!
The bearings have died! As in I was riding along and the body fell off the axel. Get a new bearing, easy right? No way! After I finally got one (3 months latter) I realised that half of the ond bearing was still in there. No amout of force was gunna make that baby move. To do it I would have had to heat up the whole pedal and wack it out with a cold chisel. End result: a bud got them for 10 bucks for spar parts, so no I dont have cleats anymore :-( But I'm back with flattys and happy.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Jonny a Weekend Warrior from AUS

Date Reviewed: November 28, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Well heres a relook at the vps.
The pop up spring has snapped twich, and no where can I find a replacment!!! Anyhow, I bent the only one to make it fit. The bearings are still going and I'm on the same cleats (time for new ones I think) they have ropped to 3 stars because I fell in love with the 545's. BTW.. the guy who wanted cleats! email me and I'll see what I can do.JOnny

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year


Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Scott a Downhiller from Alaska

Date Reviewed: May 22, 1999

Strengths:    
Wide platform and grippy teeth for when you are not wearing your clipless shoes.


Weaknesses:    
Bearings go out and no one can find replacment ones.


Bottom Line:   
These pedels worked fine for 5 months then the bearing started going out in one of them. This resulted in a clicking sound on every downstroke. Drove me crazy. I took them apart and tried to get a replacement bearing from both my LBS and a bearing supply shop. Nobody could get one, it is a very small sealed bearing. I then took them to my LBS and had them warrentied for a set of Shimano 636's. After having both sets of pedels I like my 636's a lot better. The clipping/release action is much smoother and seems to be a little more positive. Also I like the looks of the 636's better as well.

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Favorite Trail:   
Hillside

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Shimano 636, Wellgo 804


Bike Setup:   
'98 Specialized FSR Extreme

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by BT a Weekend Warrior from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 29, 1999

Strengths:    
Affordable, easy to use, and functional; no frills here.


Weaknesses:    
Poor compatibility with non-VP cleats,
disproportionate tensioning, quick releasing on 3rd party cleats


Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent price point pedal. VP allows the tight budget cyclists a taste of the Shimano 636. In fact, with stock cleats (lube them first), after a break-in period of 1 week, functioned superbly. The worst part though is that the VP does not like Shimano or Ritchey cleats. Its binder design is minimalist (compared to 636) thus, multi-release cleats often cause quick releasing during bunny hops or log skips. Ouch. Another quarrel I have is the spring tensioning. It feels too progressive and abrupt--one click & it switches from slack to considerably tight! Unlike the 636 which had a smooth transition with each tensioning click (of the hex adjuster that is). Also, with tighter tensioning, there is tendency for quick releasing still, and, it makes clipping in a chore. The VP is above average for price point. Since VP cleats are unobtainable in my locale, I can't vouch for its true performance on REAL VP multi-release cleats (VP makes them).
But when used with non-VP cleats, and its somewhat unrefined adjustability gives it average performance. Still, for $63 Cdn, I prefered VP over Wellgo and Ritchey clones! 3.5 stars.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Shimano 636



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jonny a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: March 21, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Better than 636's due to price and 20 grams lighter, cool look, kinda batwingy, comes in 3 colours, good entry and release, look newer for longer.. Same as 636's inside just a slightly diff case and cleat.!!!!! come get some......

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Favorite Trail:   
Toowoomba twilights

Duration Product Used:   
6 months


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