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New pedals with a super-light action

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.

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joemmo [1157 posts] 3 years ago
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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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STEVESPRO 79 [541 posts] 3 years ago
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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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workhard [397 posts] 3 years ago
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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?

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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chromo1990 [41 posts] 3 years ago
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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

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Marauder [274 posts] 3 years ago
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Looks like those pedals have reflectors on too.

Think they might be too sensible for me  7 but then again can't really be a bad thing I guess.

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workhard [397 posts] 3 years ago
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Brian Nichol wrote:

Looks like those pedals have reflectors on too.

Big point in their favour I guess.

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 3 years ago
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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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Mostyn [396 posts] 3 years ago
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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!

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keith roberts [202 posts] 3 years ago
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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!  1

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Grizzerly [280 posts] 3 years ago
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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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Grizzerly [280 posts] 3 years ago
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Could just go back to toeclips & straps, then you can set the tension as you want!