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Road bike pedals: 6 of the best

Master the art of clipless pedalling and take advantage of increased power transfer from leg to drivetrain when cycling. We clip into six of the best...

Exustar E-PR2 CKTI

£79.99 

If you’re after a lightweight, affordable pedal set then you’ll struggle to do better than Exustar’s E-PR2s. Stand-alone, they’re not the biggest name in the pedal world, but when you consider they make the pedal bodies for Garmin’s Vectors, as well as LifeLine’s here, you know there’s some pedigree behind the brand. The pedal body on the E-PR2s is engineering thermoplastic, meaning it’s built to last and more durable than a carbon fibre equivalent. What really impressed us, though, was the weight. Exustar claim 266g for the pair, but on the scales they weighed in at 203g and only close to the original figure with cleats included (one fixed set and one with 6° of float come with the package). Engagement is secure, and the adjustable tension makes clipping in and out a doddle. 

Verdict: Spectacular on the scales, and great on the bike as well 89%  (220 BEST ON TEST)

Time Expresso 8 Pro

£119.99

Time’s pedal system is a little bit polarising; with easily the swiftest clip in/out feel of anything on test, some will love it, some might feel a little uneasy at its ease of efficacy. For us, there’s nothing functionally wrong with the system and it worked supremely well on the fly. The closure system uses a carbon blade, which is why the pedals are so light, and the strength of their hold was impressive. The cleats are difficult to walk in, though, and we know from experience they don’t tend to be that hard wearing either. Plus, the lack of a protective plate on the main body might keep things light, but makes us worry about how quickly these will wear with regular use. Still, they’re a different system that some may prefer to the more orthodox options here.

Verdict: Good pedals, but we have concerns over their durability 72%

Ritchey WCS Echelon Road

£105.00 

If you didn’t know Ritchey made pedals, you do now. In fact, they have two road models – these, and the even fancier Echelon Carbons. Here, Ritchey have opted to use alloy bodies rather than some kind of composite, resulting in one of the hardest-wearing pedals on test. Plus, they’re still only 257g for a set, so you don’t have to worry about weighing yourself down unduly by not choosing carbon. Those alloy bodies are complemented by a carbon retention clip, though, so you won’t be totally forgoing everyone’s favourite resin-infused treat. In use, the platform isn’t quite as large as the Dura-Ace pedals but is perfectly adequate. The cleat integration is excellent and the cleats supplied are of a high quality, which makes securing and clipping in/out an easy process. 

Ritchey WCS Echelon Road

£105.00 www.paligap.cc

If you didn’t know Ritchey made pedals, you do now. In fact, they have two road models – these, and the even fancier Echelon Carbons. Here, Ritchey have opted to use alloy bodies rather than some kind of composite, resulting in one of the hardest-wearing pedals on test. Plus, they’re still only 257g for a set, so you don’t have to worry about weighing yourself down unduly by not choosing carbon. Those alloy bodies are complemented by a carbon retention clip, though, so you won’t be totally forgoing everyone’s favourite resin-infused treat. In use, the platform isn’t quite as large as the Dura-Ace pedals but is perfectly adequate. The cleat integration is excellent and the cleats supplied are of a high quality, which makes securing and clipping in/out an easy process. 

Verdict: Quality set of pedals with a hard-wearing alloy body 83%

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