Shimano 105 5800 clipless pedals review
The 105 version of Shimano’s SPD road pedals is, to the naked eye, almost indistinguishable from the brand’s Ultegra and Dura-Ace models. And at 285g per pair to the £199 Dura-Ace’s 248g you’re saving yourself roughly £3 per gram.
The 105s have a full-carbon body topped with a stainless steel plate to make the pedal harder-wearing, as that’s where the majority of the contact between cleat and pedal happens. They also have a noticeably larger surface area than the Look or Exustar equivalents, which Shimano claim aids power transfer.
In practice, what you really notice is how stable and comfortable they feel. Clipping in is done by positioning the cleat on the pedal and pressing down with your heel, for which you get a reassuringly loud click.
Release tension is adjustable by turning an allen screw on the engagement system, which ranges from fairly loose to what, we think, is likely higher than anyone who isn’t racing on the track would reasonably want.
Verdict: Shimano’s third-tier they may be, but these are first rate, 90%
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