If it’s a solid, reliable pedal you’re after, at an affordable price, from a world-renowned manufacturer, then you can’t go far wrong with Shimano’s 105
And if you want to talk about value, the 105 pedals are very impressive indeed. They sit third in Shimano’s pedal range behind Ultegra and Dura-Ace but if you’ll bare with us through a little bit of maths, we’ll show you why we reckon they’re the pick of the bunch.
Our test set of 105 pedals we had last year weigh in at 276g with a £79.99 RRP. The Ultegra pedals, on the other hand, weigh in at 259g for a pair but cost £119.99. That’s £40 more for a saving of just 17g.
And Dura-Ace? Well they’re £179.99 for a set of 248g pedals. If you’re a weight weenie, you might fancy that as a deal but if you want to ride Shimano pedals at a sensible price, then the 105s look like a very good deal indeed.
On top of that, they look great too. One of the main differences between these 5800 pedals and their 5700 predecessors is the pedal body is now carbon rather than aluminium.
To keep it all safe, though, there’s a steel contact plate on the top so your cleats don’t rub on the carbon. That plate’s replaceable, too, so you can buy another one when it starts to wear down.
If you want super-lightweight you’ll need to look higher up the Shimano range – or maybe even, elsewhere: see Time’s Xpresso or Speedplay’s Zero Aero.
But if it’s a solid, reliable pedal you’re after, at an affordable price, from a world-renowned manufacturer, then you can’t go far wrong with Shimano’s 105.