Ritchey Pro Paradigm V5 MTB pedal review£94.00

Lightweight cutaway Shimano compatible pedals for cross-country racers

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With our pair weighing 265g, Ritchey's Pro Paradigms are a strong option for riders looking to minimise weight and maximise speed. Ritchey’s achieved this by cutting away as much of the pedal’s body as possible, rather than fiddling with axle materials – chromoly steel is still used here with an alloy body.

With minimal body, the Pro Paradigm clears mud and grit easily. With no body around the mechanism, the cleat occasionally disengages with rock strikes and where the design falls down is cleat engagement. We found we needed precise alignment between pedal and cleat otherwise the cleat is prone to rotating the pedal rather than engaging in it.

The Ritchey design looks similar to Shimano’s SPD system, and handily the cleats are cross compatible, meaning we could use our full range of shoes with the pedals. In use the Ritchey pedals plus cleats feel very similar to a full Shimano setup, but with Shimano cleats there’s a little more wiggling possible. Engagement is as positive as a Shimano pedal and once in you get a very firm feeling position on the pedal. Release tension can be adjusted, with a decent range from beginner friendly to XC racer tight.

The bushing, bearing and needle bearing system have stood up to some nasty winter conditions and racing.

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for 4 years. From 24 hour races such as the infamous Strathpuffer to the Tran Nepal, Tom can occasionally be found racing whatever interesting races he can find.
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 182cm / 5'11"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Waist: 81cm / 32in
  • Chest: 97cm / 38in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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