- Clicking in to the pedals was very easy and direct. I seldom had to hunt around for the right cleat position before I was engaged and pedaling. Entry pressure was “just right”- not too vague or too stiff- but you know you are “there”.
- The pedals hung “heels down” for the most part so that usually required only a quick glance, if that, to affirm the pedals position. I say “usually“. More on that in a bit.
- Although the pedaling surface of the Ritchey WCS Micro Road pedal is pretty minimal, I was using a very stiff racing shoe, so I did not feel any undue pressure on the sole.
- As a single sided, very tiny pedal, the cornering clearance is pretty high and if you were using this pedal in a more adventurous situation. the chance of rock strikes with a gravel bike that has a low bottom bracket would be pretty slim.
- Pedaling with these pedals was a very direct, smooth, and secure feeling experience. I never felt like I was going to unclip by accident. I know it is silly to say that a pedal made it feel like the power was getting to the ground well, but that was my impression.
- If you are not clipped in, that is a very small bit of metal to balance your foot on.
- Since it is a single sided pedal, the backside is doing nothing for you but holding up the front side of the pedal, right? So you really don’t want to try to balance your shoe on the backside of this pedal. Although the Ritchey WCS Micro Road pedal typically hangs “heel down”, usually you can just stab it and go without worrying about missing it. But there were times, like when I was at speed on a fast descent and I had unclipped my inside foot, just in case. When I exited the corner, the pedal was in a random place, so I had to take my eyes off what I really wanted to be focused on momentarily. I wanted to be focused dead ahead for the survival of the species, but instead I had to look at my pedal to see how I had to clip in.
- You like float? These feel like they have very little float. I would say it feels like NO FLOAT, and I am referring to a rotational type of float here. The Ritchey stats say there is 5° of float on tap, so while there is some float, as soon as I twist my ankle I feel like I am working against the spring retention of the release mechanism. Wiggle room? Not so much.
- The mud performance was pretty disappointing. Although the pedal would likely clear sticky mud through the open space under the cleat, I was only getting a 50% success rate, at best, when trying to click in with a grimy shoe. Even when applying high downward/rotational pressure, like you might see when trying to grind your foot down on the pedal to click in, a good bit of the time I could not force my way into the pedal. You can see in the image that I was not all that packed up with mud either. However; I could always get out if I could get in.
About The Author: Grannygear hails from SoCal and spent most of his cycling days as a mountain biker from the formative years of mountain biking all the way up to the present day. His day job is in the tech sector, but he has spent time writing about off road 4X4’s, 29″ mountain bikes, and cycling in general. Grannygear and Guitar Ted have worked off and on together since 2009 after a chance meeting at Interbike. With gravel cycling on the rise, Grannygear has been exploring how this genre’ works in SoCal and now does guest pieces for RidingGravel.com in his spare time.