When it comes to platform pedals, lately there seems to be more options than you can count. Everyone seems to have their own idea of what makes the best pedal so how is a company supposed to make some noise in a crowded market? Fortunately for VP, as we saw on our factory tour in Taiwan, they already manufacture a number of pedals for other companies which puts them in a unique place for new product development. Already covering the high end of the spectrum with their impressive Harrier pedal, now VP has their sights set on more affordable options.
The key to new pedals like the VP Aim is that they don’t have to sacrifice performance to get the price well under $100…
Originally developed along with talented freerider Sam Reynolds, the Aim was formed with a concave pedal shape. Combined with a low 18mm stack height, the pedal should feel like a much more expensive platform. Just $60 gets you a die cast aluminum body with a forged and heat treated CNC machined Chromoly axle that spins on LSL and Sealed cartridge bearings. Weighing only 425 for the pair, the pedals offer a fairly large 105x105mm platform with 10 replaceable steel traction pins per side.
Even though the Aim was developed with some of the top freeride athletes in the world, VP is excited about the pedal for use on any bike that uses platform pedals including commuter, city, or really any bike.
Just under the Aim is the VP Vex which isn’t as light or wide as the Aim, but it is 4og lighter. Built with nearly identical specs save for the dimensions, the 20mm thick pedal comes in at 385g and will retail for $50.
The Vex and Aim pedals join VP’s growing line of platforms that includes the $95 VP-69 in every color of the rainbow, the $95 Vice, and the $130 Harrier.