From weight to float, every rider looks for something different in a pedal. For us, it's platform, platform, platform! As in, how wide and secure is the pedal hidden under the balls of our feet? The Shimano PD-7900 won us over with its extra-wide platform and snug grip, allowing us to hammer every watt of power right into the road. The few extra grams might deter weight worriers, and the firm feel isn't for everyone (especially riders concerned about their knees), but for cyclists looking to stomp up hills and crush sprints, these carbon pedals are a smart upgrade. [$400; shimano.com]
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