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VP gets rid of bearings for better performing pedals on a budget

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The simple ball bearing would have to be one of human kind’s greatest achievements. All of a sudden anything that rotated or spun saw huge performance benefits, and they’re still in use hundreds of years later. Well, not everywhere. In the case of VP’s new EPB (Economic Polymer Bearing) axle system, the venerable ball bearing is no more. In it’s place is a new dual bushing system that claims to provide sealed bearing performance at loose ball price…

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For the unfamiliar, inexpensive pedals often rely on loose or unsealed ball bearing systems which are effective, but not as smooth as higher end cartridge bearing systems. The highest end pedals often rely on a combination of sealed cartridge bearings, needle bearings, and even IGUS bushings to provide a thin, durable pedal that spins with that high end smoothness. What VP has done here is figured out a way to get close to that high end smoothness, at an entry level price.

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The dual bushing design is also quite thin which allows for thinner pedal bodies and lighter overall weights on pedals like the VPE-506 above.

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Offered in their VPE pedal line, you probably won’t see these pedals for sale on store shelves. Instead, as low cost OEM options, you’ll probably see these wind up as the stock pedals on entry to mid level bikes. On display, there was a noticeable difference between the EPB pedals and the loose ball alternatives, suggesting a wave of smoother pedaling coming to a bike shop near you.

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br
7 years ago

Not a bad idea, but the VP Harriers I have lost their initial lubrication really fast, like a couple hundred miles. Easy enough to regrease, though I couldn’t fully eliminate axial play.

JNH
JNH
7 years ago

Looks very similar to Straitline’s twin top hat bushing axle set up, although not as neatly engineered. Having had some Straitlines for almost a decade now I can see the appeal, it’s a simple and very cheap to service system, although claims it will offer ball bearing like performance seem a bit optimistic to me.

VP ERIK
7 years ago

Good to see the interest in the low-cost stuff here! This kind of product is truly what is driving the market for complete bikes these days… getting costs down is the #1 thing for sure… @br please get in touch with us about the Harriers, maybe we can help… thanks-

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

I have several VP pedals, i like the design and quality. But i have an issue with cone bearing versions. For some strange reason the play tightens by itself. I adjust them to have a tiny little hair play, put them on a shelf, dont use them, then after a week they are tight, so i adjust them again, and check after a week, and no play, too tight. Whats going on?? I’m serious the same thing is happening with several pedals i’ve checked, completely stumped.

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