Best Road Clipless Pedals

Whether you are novice or have been riding for many years clipless pedals are a great investment and will add to your cycling enjoyment.

Better Power Transfer and Efficiency

Most bikes comes with platform pedals that only allow you to apply power on the down stroke. With clipless pedals you are able to take advantage of the full pedal rotation as your feet are solidly attached to the pedals you can sweep back and pull up making your pedaling more powerful and efficient. The sweep is an critical extension of your downward stroke because it lets you engage your hamstrings, which put forth a lot of power. While pulling back you’re also pushing your other foot forward, over the top of the rotation to get it ready for the next downstroke. Clipless pedals will allow you to ride faster and more efficiently with less effort.

Here are some lipless pedals we recommend:

Speedplay Zero


The symmetrical double-sided pedal self-locates just by stepping down into the cleat whether the pedal is right side up, upside down or anywhere else in its rotation. No kicking, no fumbling, no looking; just step down and go. The Speedplay Zero  allows rotational float to be precisely micro-adjusted to the exact range needed or set in a fixed-position anywhere within the 15-degree adjustment range.

Time RXS Carbon


Time RXS Clipless Carbon pedals is a high performance super lightweight pedal set. Biomechanically efficient angular float. Adjustable Q-factor, rotational float of +/- 5 degrees and lateral float of 2.5mm, so you can tailor them for personal choice, making them especially good for anyone with any knee issues. The Cafe Cleats are easier to walk in than most. Power delivery is excellent with the low stack height – you will feel every ounce of effort that you put in is transferred through the pedals.

Look’s Keo Blade 2 TI improved “blade” design features a piece of carbon that has been fully integrated at the center of the pedal. The Look Keo Blade 2 TI‘s new carbon central blade also gives the pedal a wider body than the original Keo (by 17%), giving you a more stable platform underfoot. By widening the top side of the pedals, Look also improved the cornering clearance on the new Keo. The new oversized Titanium spindle reduces stack height to 13mm to bring your cleat closer to the pedal. This results in a more efficient power transfer from your feet to the drivetrain, and with the permanent cleat-stop contact ensures a reliable connection no matter what angle your foot is pedaling.

Shimano 105 PD-5700


Featuring an ultra-wide stainless steel pedal platform and adjustable cleat tension, the Shimano 105 pedal performs at a high level without breaking the bank. The durable sealed bearings and stiff cromoly axle mean this pedal stands up admirably to the rigors of competitive riding. Includes one pair of three-bolt SPD-SL cleats with six degrees of built in float.

Garmin Vector 2 Power Meter Pedals


Pedal-based Power Meter

  • Dual-sensing pedal-based power meter
  • Measures total power, left/right balance and cadence
  • Displays cycling dynamics showing how and where power is produced
  • Installs in minutes and quickly transfers between bikes
  • Pedal pods include an LED light to display important setup and maintenance information

Power is the most reliable way to gauge cycling performance on any given day, at any given time. The Garmin Vector 2 Power Meter Pedals revolutionizes how power is measured and how cyclists get that power data. Unlike other power meters, Vector 2 measures power at the pedal, where force is applied. It’s a direct-measurement power meter that delivers reliable, accurate data. And because the force sensors are housed in each pedal, Vector 2 gives you the unique ability to see right and left leg power independently.

While we recommend all of the pedals listed, we are fans of the Time RXS Clipless Carbon pedals, in fact many pro cyclists still use this classic pedal.

What pedals are your favorite?

One Comment Add yours

  1. bgddyjim says:

    I’m a Keo guy. I have them on my three road bikes and am actually considering putting a set on my mountain bikes as well. Absolutely dig ’em!

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