- May 25, 2009
I'm considering buying new cycling shoes, and thought this would make a good time to change pedal systems too. I currently have Shimano SPD pedals, but I'm wondering if there's a better (lighter/more road-worthy/more efficient/more comfortable) option out there.
Time: Pure race pedal, super lite and considered the fastest pedals in the world. The RXS range has narrow surface area with excellent cleat intergration system that puts the majoirty of the pressure on the axle, although you will need to practice engaging into the pedals as it can be a little tricky to begin with.
iClick pedal has a slightly wider surface area and a huge weight reduction compared to the RXS (Almost 100g) due to the carbon spring - the RXS were already crazy lite.
Shimano, Campagnolo and Look: Basically the same concept in design with a chubby width that offers pedals stability but a reduction in power transfer to the axle, popular with touring riders and people just getting into the sport due to the low cost and easy engagement.
SpeedPlay: Considered by many riders who have used Shimano MTB pedals (XT & XTR) to be very similar in feel. Very small surface area and low profile offer a very good power transfer ratio. Many have said you either love them or hate them so see if you can try before you buy
You need to relearn the engagement method due to design.
At the end of the day all brands come with entry level models all the way up to Pro Race-Lite versions and to be honest most of the time it all comes down to looks and design at the level of riding we do. It's only when you're looking to squeeeze that extra bit of juice out for racing that it all becomes important.