Best clipless pedals 2024: Options for on and off-road use

Best clipless pedals
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The best clipless pedals for road or off-road use will help you deliver power more efficiently as you ride. Almost all road riders use clipless pedals and cycle with cleats, although commuters might prefer flat pedals to be able to put a foot down more easily. Most gravel bike riders also ride clipless; it's only for mountain bikers that the choice to ride clipless or not is more divided.

There's one big choice to be made with clipless pedals: should you ride with two-bolt cleats, which are small, recessed into the shoe's sole and normally used with double-sided clipless pedals, or do you prefer three-bolt cleats, which are larger, sit below the shoe's sole and are used with pedals that are usually single-sided? 

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Paul has been on two wheels since he was in his teens and he's spent much of the time since writing about bikes and the associated tech. He's a road cyclist at heart but his adventurous curiosity means Paul has been riding gravel since well before it was cool, adapting his cyclo-cross bike to ride all-day off-road epics and putting road kit to the ultimate test along the way.