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Old 04-04-13, 07:31 AM   #1
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Dura Ace 9000 tension adjustment question

The pedals came with the adjustment bar on the top indicating it is set to the loosest release setting. Right now it is somewhat hard to click out. The instructions say not to adjust it any past the highest or the lowest. I gave them a couple of clicks more to hopefully loosen them up some but they are still a bit tight for my tastes. So my question is, is it safe to keep on turning the screw to get them looser or am I running a risk of screwing up the pedals; perhaps the spring will completely disengage if I do? Any thoughts would be most helpful. Thanks!
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Moving outside the min's and max's can cause issues with the pedals. Remember that the cleat/pedal relationship when either is new requires a break-in period for them to get comfortable with each other. Entry and release will get easier as they break-in together. Float level of the cleat may also impact your experience. Perhaps trying a set of cleats with more or less float than your are currently using will make you more comfortable during ingress/egress. Good luck. They are a great platform.
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Moving outside the min's and max's can cause issues with the pedals. Remember that the cleat/pedal relationship when either is new requires a break-in period for them to get comfortable with each other. Entry and release will get easier as they break-in together. Float level of the cleat may also impact your experience. Perhaps trying a set of cleats with more or less float than your are currently using will make you more comfortable during ingress/egress. Good luck. They are a great platform.
Thanks for the reply. I am using them with the cleats they came with, the new ones with the blue tabs. I tried these cleats on my trainer bike and they clip in and out just fine so it must be that the pedals themselves are tight. I get the part about the break in but I sure don't want to fall over while I am waiting for that to happen so that is why I was essentially asked how much looser I could try to go without messing up the pedal spring. Again, the tab was at the top right out of the box.
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I sure don't want to fall over while I am waiting for that to happen
Can't you just take it into account and allow for it? Like pull up next to a pole or something.
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Occupy a door jamb and practice clipping in and out. This will also break them in.
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The cleats may get better or worse with break-in, but the rider will learn to apply the needed abrupt force to disengage reliably.

Over time, the slick plastic cleat surface will accumulate embedded grit, so release force may increase.

Dura-Ace is targeted at serious athletes. Ultegra is typically more friendly on all fronts for lightweights like myself.

I encountered the same problem with Dura-Ace's first 7410 SPD road pedals. Forcing the screws may cause them to come completely out, as has happened to me on other pedals.

I think that an adjustment to the angle of the cleat on the shoe is the best way to make releasing easier.
Adjust the cleat angle so that the foot doesn't have to twist so far to disengage, and the muscles will have a much easier time generating the needed force. You can later adjust the tension tighter if unintended release threatens.
I used to find myself physically unable to twist out from my pedals after a hard, wet off-road race where the cleats got sticky and my strength was gone. Re-angling my cleats a little solved the problem for the most part, as the ease of release is very sensitive to the required twist angle.
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