Shimano single and multi-release SPD cleats compared

Ever wondered what the difference between the single and and multi-release Shimano SPD cleats is?

The multi-release cleats get their multi-release ability from a slight chamfer on the retaining tabs at both the front and rear of the cleats.  Take a look at the pictures below to see the differences. Multi-release cleat is silver, standard is black.

Shimano single and multi-release cleats compared

Here's another view of the rear of the cleats:

Shimano single and multi-release cleats compared

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