Summary

We take a look at seven popular clipless pedal models: which is best?

Products

Verdict

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 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.

  • John Jackson

    I really don’t understand this review throwing in one small platform mtb pedal. I’m a roadie but got fed up of falling on my arse, destroying indoor floors and walking like a duck when wearing ‘road’ clipless pedals plus how quickly the cleats wear out. So I changed to Crank Brothers Quattro (the top of the range pedal was used by a Continental Pro Team), big platform and lots of float, two hole cleats and carbon soled mtb shoes. All the previous problems eliminated and NO fall in performance – my 10 and 25 TT times were unchaged. Yes, I know they are no longer available, sadly, but the Shimano Clipless Spd A600 Pedals are nearly as good and weight: 286g (per pair).

    Why people still ride ‘road pedal/cleats’ amazes me – why?

  • James Roberts

    I use speedplay zeros on all bikes, summer (Ti), winter (cromalloy) and track, well on the track bike.

    So easy to use, no fumbling at lights or junctions. High ground clearance so better cornering and light weight.

    Only down side, a must is to use cleat covers as wear is a pain in the A**e to sort!