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Revolution contact clipless pedals £20

Tested by Neil Watterson, tester for The Bike List

Sometimes the simplest things make life much easier. How often have you gone to remove a pedal and found that the flats on the pedal's spindle leave your spanner in line with the crack arm, making it a pain to remove? It's certainly something that has irritated me with Shimano and Wellgo pedals - the makes I normally use - but it was only when fitting a pedal that resolves that issue that I realised quite how much it annoyed me.

Okay, it may be a small thing, but the four flats on the Revolution Contact Clipless Pedals means you'll always be able to have a spanner at least 45 degrees to the crank. 'So what?' you may say. You may be the sort who fits a set of pedals and never removes them until they're worn out.

But there are loads of us who have different bikes and frequently swap pedals around, a bit like we do lights - after all, if we only have to fork out for one pair of pedals, it leaves more cash to spend on other kit. Anyway, you can only ride one bike at a time.

These pedals aren't going to break the bank, either. At just £19.99, they're about as cheap as you can buy clipless pedals and come complete with cleats - which would set you back a minimum of £6.99 if you were to buy them on their own. The pedals are SPD-compatible, so you can use Shimano cleats if you already have a set, or keep these cleats on your shoes if you decide to upgrade the pedals later on.

That's not saying you'll be thinking about upgrading; despite the bargain price, these pedals are very good. At 354g, they're some 66g lighter than Shimano's £29.99 M520 pedals, so you'll have less weight spinning round when you're pedalling. Okay, you may not notice the difference in rotational weight (I certainly didn't), but it shows that they haven't replaced lightweight materials with heavier, cheaper metals to keep the cost down.

The CrMo (chromium and Molybdenum alloyed) steel axle has an excellent strength to weight ratio, and the alloy body keeps the weight down.
The steel cleat retention parts are similar to most other SPD pedals, apart from the fact that the rear edge is split, allowing the sides to move very slightly independently of each other when you clip in or unclip. This means it holds the cleat securely, but it does let go easily when you want to unclip - though less effort is required to unclip by swinging your ankle away from the frame rather than to it. The amount of grip is easily adjustable using the Allen bolts on the back of the pedals.

Sealed cartridge bearings mean you're likely to keep most of the crud away from the bearings and I've found this to be the case, despite subjecting them to some wading and a good dose of cross-country riding. If anything, the seals may be too good, slowing the pedal - so even after a thousand or so miles use, if you spin it with one finger, it'll only turn through 180 degrees before stopping. But I can put up with that in return for longer service life.

And there is very little wear after that mileage. Paint has rubbed off where my shoes have been in contact with the black-painted bodies, but I can't detect any wear in the bearings - suggesting they'll be good for many thousands of miles.

They may be budget priced, but they've not sacrificed performance in any way.

At a glance

Verdict Easy to fit, reasonably priced, reasonably light and long lasting – a great budget pedal.

Revolution says:

Solid, reliable set of clipless AKA step-in pedals.

  • Double-sided cleat retention - you can clip into either side of the pedal.
  • Quality construction - alloy body, CrMo axle, steel cleat retention.
  • Cartridge sealed bearings.
  • Cleats supplied fit any SPD 2-bolt-compatible shoes.
  • Shimano cleat compatible - you can use these pedals if your shoes are already fitted with Shimano SPD cleats.
  • 354g per pair.