New entry-level PD-EF202 and PD-EF205 flat pedals provide attractive upgrade for commuters; new PD-ME700 for trail riding
Whilst Shimano’s SPD system is a household name when it comes to clip-in pedals, the company’s flat pedals are also widely recognized for their market-leading quality. Now two new flat pedals broaden Shimano’s appeal for consumers looking for trusted reliability at an affordable, entry level price.
The attractive new PD-EF205 and PD-EF202 pedals weigh in at 612g and 512g respectively with a thin profile, wide pedal-to-shoe connection and are available in a range of colours to create an attractive upgrade option for MTBs, Trekking and Commuting bikes.
Both pedals have a large concave platform to create a wide contact patch with shoes and to create a stable pedaling platform. The new PD-EF205 has a closed aluminium body with a resin friction plate to create a stable platform for Trekking and Urban riding with formal shoes. On the other hand PD-EF202, with its open muck-shedding design, is intended more for e-MTB usage with casual or sports shoes.
The PD-EF205 and 202 pedals have a light aluminium body and a durable chromoly steel pedal axle, sharing the same design as Shimano’s high-grade models, complete with a serviceable cartridge axle bearing which means they will be long-lasting addition to any bike.
The PD-EF205 has a resin friction plate for extra grip on formal shoes whereas the PD-EF202 has casted pins to make a firm connection with flat shoe soles. Colour options include classic Black and Silver options plus Red, Blue and Gold designed to appeal to riders with a youth-orientated style.
Completing Shimano’s new pedal introductions in 2020 is the new trail-focused PD-ME700 SPD pedal.
Perfect for use with mountain bikes, e-mountain bikes and gravel bikes, the new dual-sided ME700 pedals come with a wide platform cage to protect the binding and an increased contact area for shoe soles, providing a perfect match with Shimano’s AM shoes.
The PD-ME700 pedal replaces Shimano’s PD-M530 offering a 7.7mm wider platform and an elevated rear portion of the body that brings 12% more surface area into contact with the rider’s shoe.
The PD-ME7oo is designed for rugged riding with a durable aluminium body and chromoloy steel pedal 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 SM-SH51 cleats.
The PD-EF202 (black) will be available at stores from July, the PD-EF205 and PD-ME700 are expected towards the end of August. Please contact your nearest Shimano stockist for further availability and pricing information.
Source: Shimano Europe