Designed for recreational cyclists who want something halfway between the freedom of flat pedals and the security of clipless pedals, Mavic’s new EZ Ride system adopts a novel approach for a simple solution.

Using a pedal with a centrally mounted magnet and raised ‘cross’ shape and a correspondingly shaped shoe with receiving recess and magnet, 'clipping in' is simply a case of placing the shoe over the pedal so the pedal and sole line up. There’s no physical clipping in required, nor do you need to twist to disengage; it's simply a case of lifting your foot away. It could be about the simplest approach for someone who might want to sample the security benefits of a full-blown clipless system without making the perilous plunge.

The pedals feature QRM sealed bearings for low maintenance and are two-sided for easy engagement. A cromoly axle provides durability while an aluminium pedal body keeps the weight down. The pedla has integrated reflectors.

Shoe choice is currently limited to the Wanderer, available for men and women. Combining a semi-rigid insole with Contragrip outsole and a brushed suede and mesh upper, the Wanderer is leisure-styled along the lines of shoes like Shimano’s MT52.

Of more interest to ‘serious’ mountain bikers are the rumours of a brand new mountain bike pedal, following the launch of an all new road pedal range last year. More news on that when we get it…

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