The Ritchey Comp V4 didn't give us the best first impression, but how did it hold up long term?
Straight out the box, the Ritchey Comp V4 caused us to feel a little concerned about its bearings, which felt pretty rough and that was before the pedal had even been fitted to a crank and used in anger. We hoped they might bed in over time, but they didn’t, and soon began to feel pretty dry.
Five minutes with an Allen key and a grease gun, and we’d removed the outer cap and injected some fresh grease — problem solved. It’s something you can do yourself but why should you? All told, this is more than a little disappointing from such a high-quality brand.
Our test pedal also started to look a little scruffy after the first ride, with the white paint flaking off and scuffing up within an hour.
This is a superficial complaint, however, and on the trail it proved to be a reliable performer. Spring tension in the mechanism was initially far too light, but a few turns of the adjustment screws put an end to any unintentional releases, after which engagement and release were consistent and reliable.
Given its low weight, we felt the V4 was a worthy option.There are cheaper and lighter pedals out there, but few have the release quality of the Ritchey Comp V4.
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