Pinnacle cycling shoes at Evans Cycles cost from £39.99 (but do compare to Black Friday deals elsewhere)

The Evans Cycles own brand option brings a low price to clipless riding

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Swapping trainers and flat pedals for the best clipless pedals and dedicated cycling shoes can make a world of difference to your comfort and efficiency on the bike. No more slipping feet, and the chance to recruit more muscle in the upstroke makes this a huge upgrade, however, the process can be costly.

Pinnacle - the in-house brand at Evans Cycles - has three pairs of cycling shoes in its range. Their RRPs range from £99.99 to £139.99, but among the plethora of Black Friday bike deals out there they're selling for as little as £39.99 for the black Radium road shoes. 

The range of Pinnacle shoes (see them here) (opens in new tab)includes road shoes, mountain bike shoes (with a recessed cleat, these will work for commuting or as gravel bike shoes (opens in new tab)), and flat 'lifestyle' shoes. 

The black Pinnacle Radium Road Cycling Shoes look pretty smart for the £39.99 outlay, and they feature closure by a 'Turn Lock Fastening System', which looks a lot like the dials we see elsewhere on more expensive shoes. That said, there is only a limited size range left - there's a bit more choice if you opt for the white or yellow version. While these are selling for £50, the RRP is £139.99 so could represent a steal. 

The upper is constructed from a synthetic, microfibre material. Of course, expecting a carbon sole at this price point might be a bit ambitious. The best cycling shoes (opens in new tab)for performance riding feature carbon soles, but actually the nylon outsole used here will provide more flex and can be more comfortable for beginners. 

The men's road shoes weigh in at 306g in a size 8, whilst a women's size 5 is 255g.

The Pinnacle Maple mountain bike shoes may be just as popular among gravel bike riders. These feature a reinforced toe box, to keep rock strikes at bay. The outsole is nylon again, with a raised tread to help shed mud, a recessed cleat and the upper uses a Velcro closure.

Road and mountain bike shoes aren't new at Pinnacle, but the range has grown by one - to include the Pinnacle Cedar Cycling shoes. These lace up shoes are similar to mountain bike shoes for use with flat pedals.

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The idea is you can slip these on easily, but the heel cup will hug your ankle for a good fit, whilst an abrasion panel at the front protects from scuffs when you put your feet down. 

In this instance, the outsole is a phylon and rubber construction, which should prevent slippage on the pedals.

We've had some good experiences with own-brand cycling shoes, Wiggle's dhb Dorica shoes (opens in new tab) won out 'best shoes under £100' grouptest. However, these were particularly impressive for including a carbon sole at £100. Not only that, the Dorica shoes are actually reduced to £70 right now (opens in new tab) - it's one of the best Black Friday cycling shoe deals (opens in new tab)we've seen, so it may be worth shopping around!

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.


Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor. 


Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.


Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.