Shimano’s new Click’R pedals have just landed in the road.cc office, with a lighter action than standard clipless pedals.
These ones use the same cleats as the SPD system that Shimano use for their off-road and leisure pedals, where the cleat is recessed into the sole of the shoe (rather than sticking out from the sole like a road cleat).
The difference is in the spring tension. Clipping in and twisting out takes far less effort than with existing pedals in the Shimano range. Of course, they put figures on it; you’ve got to have some statistics for credibility. Shimano reckon it takes 60% less force to clip in, and 50% less force to release.
The idea is that the Click’R pedals will attract people who don’t currently use clipless systems – mostly leisure riders. Shimano say they’re most suitable for use with their CT and UT leisure shoes.
The main picture shows the T400 pedals (£39.99) while the ones just above are T700s. Both are dual sided (you can clip in whichever way up they are) and come with integrated reflectors.
If you’re more of a roadie than a leisure rider, Shimano have introduced a Tourney-level light-action pedal that uses their SPD-SL (road) cleats. That one is the R540-LA.
We're winging them out to our reviewers right now so we'll have our verdicts on road.cc soon.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.