These are awesome!
I have an ankle injury, and the SH51 cleat was a little bit difficult for me. I am not a new bicyclist, and I have been using SPDs for a while. I just never felt smooth when using the SH51 cleat.
That said, I LOVE these! They are so nice. I read on the internet that I could accidentally release when pedaling hard. I have tried to accidentally release by mashing up some big hills in a high gear, and it has not happened to me.
To disengage the pedal, my foot feels like it travels the same distance, at the same angle, as the SH51. But instead of having to wrench really hard to get out, there is a "lighter" click, and my foot is out. I have the cleat tension adjusted a lot higher than when I was using the SH51, so the feeling from getting out of the pedal is a lot more affirmative, and keepds me from thinking my foot is free, when I have not gotten out yet.
Added bonus: I can honestly tell people that I have no concerns about falling over on my bicycle, and it makes clipless pedals appeal more to people who do not use them. Not that I failed to get out the pedals a lot before, but now I do not think it is possible for my foot to not get free in time.
Excellent! Highly Recommended!
I love to ride, but because I'm mostly on the streets, was not sure about using the cleats, although I knew they are the best and most effecient way to ride. Tried the standard, horizontal-release cleats, was discouraged by the rigidity of release, went back to regular pedals (which I didn't like either). So when the showed me these, jumped at the chance. LOVE THEM. Without any loss of holding onto the pedal, I'm still able to quickly release since I have some ability to lift my heal when turning my foot out. All the difference in the world! Everyone told me about the crashes I would have to do, but has not happened with these. I've had to do some emergency releases while on the road (as can be expected) with no problems and no crashes. A big plus while riding on the streets of L.A.!
Great for Mountain Biking
I use these cleats for mountain biking and they work perfectly. After riding for years on flat pedals, I finally decided to go clipless for endurance racing. I was nervous until I discovered these. They are perfect. It is so easy to quickly get a foot on the ground. I like them so much Ive stuck with them for ~6 years now.
When I need to put a foot down, I dont think twice about it, it feels like I just lift my foot right off. That said, they still hold perfectly well while pedaling too. I have never had an issue coming unclipped unexpectedly while pedaling (unless the cleats are really worn down.)
They are absolutely perfect for beginner mountain bikers learning to ride clipless.
Good option for SPD pedals
I used to be an avid cyclist when I was younger but now I am more recreational rider. I recently switched from my old toe clips to the SPD pedals. The cleats that came with my shoes were OK but I wanted to be able to get out more quickly and reliably, so I bought the multiple release cleats (SH-56). I went out with one shoe with the original (SH-51) cleats and the other with the new multiple release (56). After trying one foot then another the difference didn't seem so great. However, when I tried both feet at once (as in an emergency), the multiple release came out every time and the original cleats did not. I definitely will stick to the new multiple release cleats.
great shimano product
See my other shimano cleat review [sh-51] as everything there applies here, this product works well and I have no complaints but I will not use it much, personal decision not based on the product but I only want one direction for release, it is simpler for me. I would recomd that if you purchase these also by the SH-51 and try them both you might find one better suited to your cycling style. They defiantly work as advertised and are a great product. Also you might want one of each on as you could dismount differently depending, cycling is very personal, some people might like these because they have more options for getting out of the peddle. Cheers
easy to use
I finally made the switch to riding with Shimano pedals and cleats. It was an easy switch with Clickr system. I rode on a low traffic road to try it out and had no problems. Now I ride in traffic and can get out of them without problems at stop lights. I love the change. I can't comment on the durability of the cleats since I only have had them for a month.
Great bicycle cleats
These cleats are the perfect fit for my spinning shoes. My previous cleats were not the right ones and I felt like I had to wrench my ankle just to get my shoes out of the clips on the spinning bike. Now it is easy peasy to clip in and out. The clerk at the store installed them for me. great service. thanks
Perfect for a city commuter
Just started riding clipless this Summer and the single-directional clips that came with my SPD pedals were great but pretty sticky when trying to release. Felt a little sketchy when riding/stopping with city traffic so I decided to try these multiple-directional cleats and am much more satisfied. They don't release unexpectedly while riding but are still easy to dis-engage from multiple directions.
Thanks for the Years of performance
The clips out lasted my last pair of riding shoes. I bought the new pair just because, the old ones were fine at "15 YEARS OLD". My Shimano pedals are the same age and the new clips just slid right in with no problems. Loved the connectivity over the years with the Shimano produces.
Simple and Easy
The cleats were suggested to me by a REI employee. I am a novice bicycle rider but enjoy spinning classes. The cleats were easy to attach to my shoes and are easy to clamp into the pedals. Being cleated in has added an additional level of training for my calves and legs.