Essential for road riding, racing and sportive participation, here we look at some of the clipless pedal systems available for cyclists
When anyone first starts cycling, it’s advised that they buy – after the bike of course – a pair of cycling shoes and clipless pedals. The benefits of using these over flat pedals in terms of comfort and efficiency are huge.
Toe clips should be avoided as they are an unsafe and unrecommended middle ground.
Buying cycling shoes and pedals does not need to be a big investment, with many brands offering low cost shoes to get you going.
With a little bit of research, you can find the best pedal system for you. Put the clipless pedals on the bike as soon as it’s bought, and using them should soon become second nature.
Our pick of the best clipless cycling pedals
We test out the Look Keo Classic clipless pedals
We test out the Shimano SPD-SL 105 clipless pedals
We test out the Speedplay Zero Cromoly clipless pedals
We test out the One23 RO-96B clipless pedals
We test out Wellgo clipless pedals
The Look Keo 2 Max Blade pedals are an improvement on the already well-received Keo pedals, although the cleat wear…
We test out the Time RSX Speed clipless pedals
We test out the Ritchey PRO V4 Micro clipless pedals
Time Xpresso 6 pedals £84.99
Garmin Vector power pedals £1349
This test confirmed for us that choosing a pedal is a really personal decision. Hence, there are lots of high scores but no 10/10. All offered pros and cons, and each tester had a favourite.
However, there was no consensus and plenty of disagreement. We all agreed that the Speedplay allowed the most personalisation and is the only pedal with adjustable float that doesn’t impact on release pressure.
The Time came a close second in terms of adjustment, which at the price was a stand-out feature. Others preferred the easy clip-in of the Look Keo, even though cleat set-up needs more care, while the Shimano 105 SPD SL scored highly for its proven durability and value.
Check back in May when we’ll have an update on which systems are best for the coming summer.