22 comments


  • Brian Ogilvie

    Thanks for the review! I might consider a pair the next time I need platforms. Have you tried the Ergon PC2 pedals (http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/product/pc2)? I ordered a pair but haven’t had a chance to give them a try. My wife’s old platform pedal bearings just gave out, and since they were really cheap plastic pedals, I tossed them and put the Ergons on her bike, so I’ll get a report soon. Still, I’m wondering what others who have tried them out think about them.

    December 16, 2012
  • rc

    The site says “We include rounded pins with the pedals so as not to damage street shoes, but they are easily replaced with more aggressive sharp pins”

    Have you tried the “more aggressive sharp pins”? Would this negate your only criticism and make them a 10? What are the other drawbacks, aside from high price?

    December 16, 2012
  • RC – haven’t tried to replace them with more aggressive pins. The replacement pins they ship with appear to be the same rounded ones.

    That would be a good followup post if I can find compatible pins. Might make for a way gripier pedal. If replacing the pins with more aggressive ones improve the grip without having to add more pins to the pedal edge, then def a 10.

    Love the big platform. Works well esp. during winter months with boots and beefier shoes.

    Russ

    December 16, 2012
  • Hate to be a repair pedant, but for the sake of all the 15mm cone wrenches that get transformed into can openers when they are busted in half by someone using them to remove pedals, USE A PEDAL WRENCH! Not all pedal wrenches are the big, zombie-braining kind. There are a few that pack down pretty small.

    As a bike repair teacher I have to save poor 15mm cone wrenches from this misuse at least twice a week. It is possible I have become a little over-excited and fallen into “caps lock on.” Sorry.

    Okay, I am uncomfortable with myself now. I have tremendous respect for you two and can only pray that I have not alienated you from my company.

    Ummm, nice review? It is great to see a product review from you, it brings me back to the bygone Epicurean Cyclist days!

    Bye!

    December 17, 2012
  • Davey,
    Yes. We don’t really endorse using a 15mm cone wrench for hardcore pedal duty but as a bit of a last resort. When we’re on tour, we usually pop them off once or twice at most and have managed to find a narrow and small 15mm box wrench that works.

    But, that’s one of the upside of these pedals :) 8mm Allen key.

    R

    R

    December 17, 2012
  • Adam DZ

    The most comfortable platform pedals are the Ergon pedals. They’re big though and look rather ugly on a bike, but I never rode anything more comfortable.

    December 17, 2012
  • Greg

    Looks nice. I put VP Thin Gripsters on my road bike recently and quite like them. Shopping for a commuter bike now and will give these a try on it. These are more expensive but I like the look, and the Gripsters have no room for reflectors.

    December 17, 2012
  • @Greg. Thanks. The Gripsters were another pedal I wanted to try. Hope to be able to do a comparison in the future.

    R

    December 17, 2012
  • Greg

    The Gripsters are very nice–I use them mostly with Chrome shoes and they really do stick. But frankly, I think these are more aesthetically pleasing!

    December 17, 2012
  • Mark H

    From the look of it, there’s enough space between the pedal body and the pedal flats (erm… the base of the threads) that you could use a regular box wrench (or *gasp* an adjustable wrench) to loosen the pedals. Is that correct? That would certainly be a big bonus over many other pedals.

    But, alas, though the pedal looks like you can attach toe clips, there’s not any toe-flip-tab doodad to aid kicking into the clips. According to the VO Pedal Manifesto, the Sabot isn’t really made for clip use either, but that doesn’t explain the tab absence on the VO Touring or City pedals.

    Luckily, the basic Wellgo/Avenir pedals w/ clips seem to work fine with my sneakers, but now that I’ve found my old Alfredo Binda toe straps, I’d like something a bit nicer for my other bike.

    December 17, 2012
  • Ralph

    The optional reflectors should be used in CA at least. Required equipment. Plus nothing else on the road gives that kind of night signature when cyclists are approached from behind. I’ve even added stick on reflectors on my Shimano spl pedals.

    December 17, 2012
  • Pam

    How about the Grip Kings with the little spikes Rivendell also sells? I’ve been using those for a couple of years now and love them. I found the Grip Kings without the spikes really didn’t grip all that well. My partner uses the Thin Gripsters and loves them.

    December 18, 2012
  • @Pam they are on par if not a little bit grippier than Grip Kings with spikes. We used GKs with spikes for the last three years and they worked great. The Sabot’s have a little more support though.

    R

    December 18, 2012
  • McKay

    Do you use these on your Brompton’s?

    December 29, 2012
  • @McKay No we don’t, because you can’t change the spindle to quick release one. Otherwise, they would make great pedals for the B’s.

    R

    December 29, 2012
  • […] had been eying the Gripsters for a while but never saw any in the wild until today. After I posted my review on the Velo-Orange Sabot pedals, I got lots of questions comparing them to the Gripsters. While I didn’t get to ride the […]

    January 01, 2013
  • Fred

    The thing that works for me with the Lambda/Grip Kings is being able to move my foot forward enough to put my arch over the pedal spindle. Taking the pressure off the forefoot is what I need and the ‘battle axes’ do it. If your pedaling position works with the ball of the foot over the pedal spindle, the Ergons, Gripsters, and these VO pedals make much more sense.

    April 09, 2013
  • Michael

    Was wondering if Power Grips straps will attach to these pedals. I like platform pedals on my touring bike and find a loose pair of Power Grips to be really nice when on bumpy descents and would not want to give them up.

    June 26, 2013
  • Brad

    Michael, did you ever try the power grips on the VO Sabot pedals? That sounds like a great idea.

    December 21, 2013
  • Patrick

    Thank you for the great initial review! Any chance on how a longer term review, including how they hold up to water, mud, and other love, durability, etc?

    May 05, 2014
  • Patrick,
    The pedals are still running strong with no maintenance. They’ve really grown on me and are my benchmark for a good platform pedal. I usually ride in Keen CNX shoes which have a pretty flexible sole and the Sabots provide lots of support and they are easy on the eyes.

    Russ

    May 19, 2014
  • Russ – Thanks for providing a review on pedals. Would these fit on a 1960’s Raleigh & would I be able to add the “Rat Trap” cages. I like to ride clipless too but on a long day of touring it is nice to be able to work different muscle groups.

    July 05, 2014

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