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New pedals with a super-light action

by Mat Brett   August 16, 2012  

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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.

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heck, if you can't twist your feet out of a pair of M520s (these without the plastic bits) with the spring tension on low I'm surprised if you've got the strength to pedal a bike...

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posted by joemmo [779 posts]
16th August 2012 - 17:07

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I have had a knee replacement and this will help me a lot...Lost the confidence to use SPD`s but I will give these a try....

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posted by STEVESPRO 79 [481 posts]
16th August 2012 - 18:04

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joemmo wrote:
heck, if you can't twist your feet out of a pair of M520s (these without the plastic bits) with the spring tension on low I'm surprised if you've got the strength to pedal a bike...

... or even get on the bike in the first place.

I wonder if the low spring action will actually just result in more people stacking when they accidentally unclip?

Really, though?

posted by workhard [358 posts]
16th August 2012 - 18:11

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If I had had clip in pedals a couple of years ago when I had a heart attack, I might be dead now, so I use flat pedals. I have been terrified to put cleats on my Spec'. Maybe this would be the thing for me.

posted by thefatcyclist [584 posts]
16th August 2012 - 18:17

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I have had both knees either full replacement or cartilage replace, like anything as you come out of such surgery you will get stronger but it takes around 18 months
(important to do one legged squats in the shower every morning).I never changed my spd pedals and was on the bike 3 weeks after the replacemnet, I felt that if i changed pedals etc it could cause other problems by altering leg/foot geometry.Stick with it I am know doing rides up to 160km long

posted by chromo1990 [43 posts]
16th August 2012 - 19:27

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Looks like those pedals have reflectors on too.

Think they might be too sensible for me Confused but then again can't really be a bad thing I guess.

posted by Marauder [238 posts]
16th August 2012 - 20:35

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Brian Nichol wrote:
Looks like those pedals have reflectors on too.

Big point in their favour I guess.

Really, though?

posted by workhard [358 posts]
16th August 2012 - 21:51

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The reflectors are a really good touch - pedal reflectors being one of the most visible things on a bike. The pedals I use the most are the M324s (flat on one side clipless on the other) great commuter pedals which would be even better with reflectors.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4132 posts]
16th August 2012 - 22:55

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thefatcyclist wrote:
If I had had clip in pedals a couple of years ago when I had a heart attack, I might be dead now, so I use flat pedals. I have been terrified to put cleats on my Spec'. Maybe this would be the thing for me.

I use these on my winter bike >

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-pd-t780-xt-mtb-spd-trekking-pedals/?utm_...

Can be ridden with feet clipped in or as a flat pedal without clipping in, they also have reflectors fitted.

Maybe what your looking for? Easy out of the clip!

posted by Mostyn [400 posts]
17th August 2012 - 10:34

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like most people i stacked a lot when i first started using spd's. now i cant ride a bike without them,i just dont feel "connected".
I think these would be great for people starting out or as a lot of the posts talk about, injured/healing cyclists.
i have tried road cleats on my bianchi,but i just couldnt get on with them...and walking was an utter nightmare!
its good that shimano are trying to cater for all our needs! Smile

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posted by keith roberts [179 posts]
17th August 2012 - 11:04

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If it is easier to unclip, maybe some of the pillocks who run read lights will stop. Certainly make commuting a bit more comfortable.

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posted by Grizzerly [116 posts]
18th August 2012 - 10:46

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Could just go back to toeclips & straps, then you can set the tension as you want!

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18th August 2012 - 10:48

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