Shimano R550 SPD-SL pedals review

Shimano's one above entry-level pedals put to the test

Cycling Weekly Verdict

For £69.99, you're getting an easy to use pedal, with boatloads of great performance and longevity to boot. The only downside perhaps being the weight, but at this price point it's negligible.

Reasons to buy
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    Easy to adjust float

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    Good bearings

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    Wide cleat

Reasons to avoid
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Shimano's PD R550 SPD-SL pedals may hover around the bottom of Shimano's pedal pecking order, but that doesn't mean they're not good quality. In fact, they offer excellent value for money with their sturdiness and ease of use.

It's a pretty standard setup, with the pedals attaching to your bike via pedal spanner or 6mm allen key. Although it's worth bearing in mind that Shimano stresses you can't reach the necessary levels of torque (Shimano recommends 35 - 55 N-m) through just an allen key, necessitating the use of a pedal spanner.

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