I needed some new clipless pedals for my Surly Crosscheck build and because Shimano pedals have rocketed up in price I decided to shop around. For $45 I found these very nice-looking W-01 pedals by Wellgo. They look good, I like the specs and I’m familiar with the brand. Have a look:
Weight: 300 grams for the pair
Spindle: CR-MO 9/16”
Shimano SPD compatible
Made in Taiwan
These are technically considered mountain bike pedals, but these are what I ride for road. I like to be able to walk normally with the recessed cleats and don’t think I lose any real performance. Normally I ride Shimano m540 or m520 pedals, but the price of those have doubled in recent years. I’ve been using these W-01 pedals on my trainer bike and really can’t tell a difference from the Shimano. They seem to clip in and out exactly the same as my Shimano pedals. Because of this, I haven’t made any adjustments to them, but they are adjustable tension. I’m also using the same Shimano cleats with these pedals and no issues. They do come with their own cleats and instructions.
The silver chromoly spindles are going to look great for my build. I think they are kinda neat because they look like the more expensive Allen key only Shimano type, but they have a notch allowing you to also use a normal pedal wrench.
Weight is a really big selling point for these. At only 300 grams for the pair, they are lighter than Shimano XTR pedals which are listed at 314 grams. Those typically sell for $180.
I can’t yet speak for reliability, but I will update this review after I get more miles on them.
You can get yours today on Amazon:
I give these a FAB rating of a full 5 gnomes. They look good, function well, have a good price, and are really light!