Ever since the Garmin Vector power meter pedals were launched back in 2013, they've used a Look pedal design and have only been compatible with Look Keo cleats. But now, the company has released a new system that will let you use Shimano pedals and cleats too.
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The new Vector Shimano Pedal Cartridges lets you remove the cartidges and axles of your existing Garmin Vector 2 pedals, put the axles inside the new Shimano cartridges, then place this inside your Shimano pedals. Simple as that - a process that doesn't require any special tools that aren't supplied in the kit.
The cartridges are priced at £99.99, but of course you'll need a fair few things on top of this, most notably a pair of Garmin Vector 2 (£1,199) or Vector 2S (£749.99) power meter pedals, and a pair of Shimano Ultegra pedals (£119.99), with Garmin saying that its new cartridges aren't compatible with any other Shimano pedals.
In effect that this means that you will be paying an extra £219.98 (the cost of the pedals and the cartridges) to use Vector power meter pedals with Shimano pedals and cleats rather than the Look pedals that come as standard. Maybe just one for the dedicated Shimano fans then?
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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