Evolution of a classic. I'm sure we will see this great re-design as a rider's favorite for another 10 years.
It was 1996 when the DMR's original V pedal came out, initially based on an open mould design from Wellgo, but a few years later, the V12 as we know it was born, a modern, smoother shape, double concave, with replaceable pins and reliable bearings. A decision to open up tooling for this product was a make it or break it moment for the tiny company back then. I personally had a pair given to me by a peer after two years of abuse, and I went on to use those for nine more years on my BMX without service - they still spin smoothly to this day. DMR employee and pro rider Olly Wilkins said, "It was quite a big move really, changing the V12, I felt a bit scared about it. It was such an iconic product - it's not something that is that easy to change," but the new design has now hit the shelves, taking design influence from its new big brother, the huge DMR Vault, but not losing its legendary feel.
The new V12 Mg (magnesium)
runs on fully sealed bearings and a cro-mo axle. All pins on the pedal are replaceable and tunable to your preferred grip. DMR say that they're 10% larger, 35% lower, and 20% lighter than previous incarnations. The pedal is now 16mm deep which is not the slimmest on the market but thinner isn't always better when it comes to pedals, it's all about shape. The V12 continues to offer a 9/16" wrench to keep the dirt-jumpers and BMXers happy, as well as a 6mm allen key on the back of the axle. The magnesium version comes in Diamond Black, Pure White, and Mag Grey colours whereas the standard V12's with the aluminum body have a few more colour options. If you still want the previous version, the cheaper V8 continues to use the same pedal body. Weight is 350g per pair, and the MSRP is $89.85 USD. DMR Bikes
The new V12 retains its classic concave profile that feels so snug with a flexible shoe, providing the same feeling as the old pedal with just a little extra.
|The third evolution of this classic doesn't disappoint. Underfoot it retains that well-known feeling with a good concave, just a little bigger than the older version. Grip levels aren't too far from the more extreme Vault, with noticeably more clearance due to the smaller body and less pronounced pins on pedally stuff. I found the V12 offered enough grip for most riding situations, only wanting more on really chopped out sections of downhill track and braking bumps. At the dirt jumps with a more flexible skate shoe, my foot sat comfortably in the pedal, and was easy to re-adjust when needed. The bearings will no doubt last forever in true DMR style, and its refreshing not to see a price hike following the re-design. - Paul Aston|
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