Pedals are one of the three key interface points where your body meets the bicycle, and their importance is often overlooked in the overall riding experience.
- Platform surface area
- Total height of assembly
- Ease of clipping in and out
Look – The pioneer of the clipless pedal, and still the market leader. Their new Blade design is a large evolutionary step forward on the top end of their line, but at the same time they are successfully expanding into the entry level with their Keo Easy offering.
Shimano – The precision of their drivetrain components carries through to their pedals. The Dura-Ace pedals are sheer elegance in industrial design, and their most affordable road pedals are direct trickle-down descendants from their best.
Speedplay – A small California company that is making waves among professional triathletes and racers alike – it is interesting to note that First, Second, and Third place in the 2011 Tour de France were all riding Speedplay pedals. These are the ultimate in adjustability, and are very easy for entry and exit.
Shimano – Ultra-durable, ultra-reliable pedals that are popular for both off-road and commuting.
Crank Brothers – The pure simplicity of the Eggbeater and its derivative Candy pedals result in some great high value pedals.
Look – Quartz is Look’s offering on the mountain side, and it has a very light pedal with an intuitive clip action.