Magped Sport2 PedalsGET IT
From road to mountain biking, one of the steepest learning curves on two wheels has to be clipless pedals. The list of reasons to affix your feet to the pedals is legit, including more confidence and control. But better efficiency is at the top of that list: snapping into clipless pedals connects you to the bike, transferring more of your energy into each crank of the pedals, which makes climbing and accelerating easier. But mastering clipless can take time, and for many, it’s an unnatural movement to unclip your feet to the pedals.
Magped’s Sport2 pedals use neodymium magnets instead of a mechanical clip to grab and hold the bottom of flat SPD shoes. The Sport2s ship with shims so you can dial in the connection between pedal and shoe off the bike. It took about 10 minutes—that’s the extent of the learning curve. One side of each pedal has the magnet and the other side is flat, in case you don’t want to use the magnet. The bite is sustainable enough to keep your foot in place, yet still allow for some wiggle room to naturally twist left and right.
On gravel rides, they felt completely natural when it came to stopping or getting on and off the bike. The magnet holds strong north and south (up and down) and we never broke that connection accidentally. To release your foot, slide east and west (or left to right). When ordering, you’ll pick the magnetic strength based on your weight. You will have to get used to flipping the pedal over as the weight of the magnet tends to rotate it so the flat side faces up, but you just have to get close enough for the shoe to click in. Unless they’re totally covered with mud, the magnets should retain most of their pull, but you’ll want to rinse them off after a gnarly ride.—Sal Vaglica, Men’s Journal contributor
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