Shimano’s fixed cage, entry level trail pedals, the M530s are getting retired, to be replaced by the new dual sided ME700 pedals. Shimano claims they’re ‘Perfect for use with mountain bikes, e-mountain bikes and gravel bikes’ the new pedals have a wider platform (by 7.7mm and the rear part of the pedal is kicked up so that it truly supports your shoe sole rather than you just standing on your cleat with a platform there for moral support. There’s now 12% more surface area contacting the shoes.
The ME700 features a durable aluminium body and chromoly steel axle. Like the majority of Shimano’s other off-road pedals, the PD-ME700 comes with easy-to-maintain cartridge bearings to seal out dirt and moisture, reducing the need for maintenance. The new PD-ME700 pedals weigh 540g and come with a pair of single release SM-SH51 cleats. They should hit the shops by the end of August. The ME700 pedals will be £49.99
Meanwhile, for those of you with town, country or commute bikes seeking some extra colour, we have the new PD-EF range of entry level flat pedals. A wide, conventional flat pedal, available in a range of colours for £34.99 – black will be out in June. The rest will follow by the end of the summer.
And there are colours! Oh, the colours…
If you’re keen on finding out more, the ME700 and PD-EF202 pedals should magically appear on the Freewheel website soon.