Base camp: The PD-T400 Click’R pedals look very much like other clipless pedals in Shimano’s mountain bike Trail category. They
offer cleat-retention adjustment and an easy-to-find platform, even if you don’t clip in.
Many of the questions we field at
“Ask Mountain Bike Action” pertain to switching—or not switching—to
clipless pedals. Lots of riders (many of whom have been riding for over 20
years) are reluctant to give up the freedom of platform pedals and fear feeling trapped if they switch to clipless.
Shimano is hoping to change this with
their new Click’R pedal system. We
rode the $69 PD-T400 version (there is
also a $120 PD-T700 version that uses
some upgraded components).
Click’R pedals look very much like the other pedals in Shimano’s All-Mountain category, but the Shimano
Pedaling Dynamics (SPD) retention
mechanism has been massaged for easier entry and release. Shimano claims
the Click’R pedals require 60 percent
less engagement effort and offer a
reduced step-out angle. Shimano supplies the multi-release SM-SH56 cleat
instead of the single-release version,
which will also work with the system.
Our Click’R pedals weighed 9.1 ounces
each, which is slightly over an ounce
heavier than Shimano’s $65, entry-level, full-clamping-power M-530 trail
Field test results:
We did not
evaluate the Click’R pedals from the
perspective of an experienced rider
because, let’s face it, anyone who has
mastered the clipless pedal would hate
the Click’R. There is too much float,
and it is way too easy to release unintentionally. So we came at them as
beginners—and we are talking beginning mountain bikers, not commuters
who may end up being the biggest proponents of the Click’Rs.
While there is a steep learning curve
involved in adjusting to a traditional
Shimano SPD pedal and cleat (a curve
that has proven too steep for some riders), the Click’R requires no learning
curve at all. Riders who had never used
anything but platform pedals clipped in
and out of the Click’R pedals like old
pros. And that, in our opinion, is the
Even when the spring tension is
increased (a simple twist of a 3-millimeter Allen key is all it takes), it is
still very easy to clip in and out. As the
rider becomes more skilled in the art of
pedal engagement and release, he will
quickly outgrow the Click’R system and
need new pedals. Of course, Shimano
offers plenty of options.
So while the Click’R pedals deliver
as promised, we would guide a new
rider who wanted to commit to clipless toward a pedal like the Shimano
M-530, even though it takes a little
more patience and practice to adjust
to (read our tips for going clipless in the Mountain Bike Action October 2013 issue). Also, we have always been up
front about the fact that clipless pedal
systems aren’t for everyone. If riding
a platform pedal gives you more confidence, stick with it.
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