Revolution Contact Clipless Pedals  £29.31

8/10

Excellent budget alternatives to Shimano pedals

Weight 356g   Contact  www.edinburghbicycle.com

by Shaun Audane   April 11, 2009  

Revolution Contact clipless pedals

Produced in Taiwan by FPD for Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op, the Revolution Contacts are dual sided Ritchey copies (or maybe homages) with as much to offer road fixers and tourists as the ‘cross and mountain bike fraternities.

Smooth, sealed cartridge bearings turn on solid Cro-moly axles and with basic care shouldn’t demand overhaul for a good few seasons. Repeated entry and exit around town hasn’t done anything to mar the smart powder coated alloy bodies, although they could be stripped and polished should they look tired.

Being Shimano pattern, it follows that Shimano cleats are compatible but curiously, other imitators such as Wellgo, Vp, Exustar and Winwood appear to perform better. Like most, there’s the standard float to keep knees happy and their smaller mass is much less inclined to ground out when cornering hard-especially on a fixed. Being dual sided also ensures speedy getaways at the traffic light grand prix.

Release tension is adjusted via a 3mm Allen wrench (Clockwise to increase, counter-clockwise to slacken) and whilst not enjoying the mud shedding prowess of Egg Beater and ATAC designs, submerging them in thick Blackwater mud hasn’t persuaded them to turn bandit. The bottom line is stick with Big S if you’re venturing to the back of beyond-parts are pretty much universally available but if you wanted to save a fiver and thirty odd grams into the bargain, the contacts make a great alternative.

Verdict

Excellent budget alternative to Shimano pedals

road.cc test report

Make and model: Revolution Contact Clipless Pedals

Price: 29.31

Weight: 356g

Size tested: N/A

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

The Contacts are primarily aimed at the off road fraternity, enjoying the advantages of Shimano compatibility but with lower weight and pricing. I largely agree with this statement, although marketing them as off-road specific sells them short.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Solid, Cro-moly axles turn on remarkably smooth, sealed cartridge bearings, Powder coated alloy bodies closely resemble Ritchey design.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Powder coating looks both tasteful and durable, although could be stripped and left bare should they become tatty. Bearings feel marginally smoother than lower end Shimano to boot.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Performance is generally excellent, although mud shedding qualities not quite on a par with Time ATAC or egg-beaters.Work well with Shimano cleats but interestingly, work better with other brands of pattern cleat. Smaller profile means they're unlikely to ground out when carving into corners.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Build quality seems impressive-no immediate or obvious weaknesses.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

Shaves a few grams off comparable Shimano (356g pair)

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well, smooth entry/exit in all conditions,clunk clip every trip bathed in mud or getting away at the lights.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Build quality and price

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

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