Are Flat Pedals Actually Just As Fast As Clipless Pedals?

Published on January 21st 2023


Over the years, we’ve done a few tests comparing flat and clipless pedals - the two main options for road cyclists. Many roadies live by the superiority of clipless, but have we been getting it all wrong? With dedicated flat cycling shoes and grippy pedals, flats can be a realistic option. Conor & Hank compare them on a hill climb, a 5km TT and a sprint, to see which are actually faster!

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00:00 Intro
01:57 The setups
02:37 Steep climb - clipless
03:46 Steep climb - flats
05:53 Steep climb results
07:54 Time trial - flats
09:30 Time trial - clipless
10:32 Sprint - clipless
11:29 Sprint - flats
12:04 TT & sprint results
15:05 Conclusions

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