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 more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four 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. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.