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The Revolution Contact two-way pedals are a quasi bear-trap design with a cleat binding on one-side and flat on the other, so you can use cycling shoes for more aggressive riding and trainers for running errands.
Cup and cone bearings turn on sturdy cro-moly axles but in common with many budget models benefit from a strip and liberal re-greasing-especially on bikes in hard service. As an experiment, I performed the operation on the right hand pedal only. After 150 miles, the left felt almost as smooth, suggesting they bed-in with use.
Cleat tension is easily adjusted using a 3mm Allen wrench. Being Shimano pattern, it follows that Shimano cleats work fine but curiously, other imitators such as Wellgo, Vp, Exustar and Winwood were better matched. Unusually these pedals are weighted so as to present themselves cleat side up for easy entry and quick getaways at the lights- Just flip them over to use the flat side.
There’s approximately four degrees of float with the OEM cleats to keep knees happy and their broader surface area is great for scooting around town but have a tendency to ground out paired to 175mm cranks. Should this prove a problem, the steel cages are easily removed via four Phillips screws, giving a lower profile without overly compromising comfort and saving 25g into the bargain. Weather sealing could be improved-it’s not poor by any means but I did note some contamination when immersed in gloopy mud but using good quality marine grease will keep the bearings happy and the elements firmly at bay.
They’re not quite on a par with Shimano’s M324 but then they’re £20 cheaper and 66g lighter. Stick with Shimano for continental touring but the two- way are ideal for working bikes and commu-tourers.
Great pedals given the price but I'd readily pay an extra fiver for better bearings.
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Make and model: Revolution Contact dual sided pedal
Size tested: Std
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Contacts are a dual sided SPD clone designed toi entertain both SPD and street shoes for the best of both worlds.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Alloy bodies with weighted cleats mean the pedals always appear cleat side up- great for getting away at the lights. Bearings turn on strong cro-moly spindles and the Shimano pattern cleat means pretty much anything vaugely Shimano pattern will work.
Construction is very solid and they are very simple to strip and service. Removing the cage plates gives a much lower profile, shaves a little weight without being to the detrement of comfort.Clipless newbies could even remove the cages and race in them.
Better than some more expensive offerings, although seals could be improved slightly.
Good, simple design means they can be stripped and regreased easily and so long as not used exclusively off road should return high milages.
Lighter than Shimano's base model by 66g
Superb value for money
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They've been fine for most duties and I'd be happy to use them on an urban fixed/singlespeed with the outer cages removed. Great for commuting, touring and general riding but seals not quite up to mud-plugging duties.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Nice features, reasonably broad platform, good cleat compatibility and easily serviced bearings mean it's a cheap but very cheerful design.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Unreservedly
Age: 35 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)