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Old 08-03-17, 02:17 PM   #26
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I have used Time ATAC a SPD compatible pedal with a bronze cleat.
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I have used Time ATAC a SPD compatible pedal with a bronze cleat.
I had ordered a set of time xc-2 but then canceled the order after I researched them more. People claim on the xc series the pins holding the springs slides out on some of them and the catches have possible issues. Otherwise the times sounded nice. Was just hesitant to get more shimanos.
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FWIW, mine the lowly aluminum bodied model 'Alium'.
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Old 08-03-17, 02:46 PM   #29
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Just also ordered a set of the vp vx trail race.
While I've never strayed from Shimano, those look like excellent pedals. I expect you'll get a long life out of them.
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While I've never strayed from Shimano, those look like excellent pedals. I expect you'll get a long life out of them.
Thanks. Im hoping so. Alot of pedal for $40 I figure.
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I installed the first vp's I ordered (VP VXe, $14). They work fine. The bearings could feel a lil better when spun by hand but I expect they will smooth out in use. After they break in some they should clip/unclip as well as the m520's. Not bad now though. As a side note I have been on a spree and also ordered some mks us-b heavily discounted because they're supposed to be near impossible to use. But they are Time atac compatible. They make cleat guides for $15 that are supposed to greatly improve use if necessary.
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I know I haven't been around this forum for a couple years, so don't expect my voice to be worth much.

But, in some 30 years of mtb experience at 250-300 lbs, I've found the 520's, or any of shimano's spd pedals with the plastic star nut to be inferior to those featuring a proper steel hex nut for bearing adjustment/retention.

Look at 540's or better and I suspect you'll get considerably better longevity. 540's should be found for less than your $50 budget.

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I know I haven't been around this forum for a couple years, so don't expect my voice to be worth much.

But, in some 30 years of mtb experience at 250-300 lbs, I've found the 520's, or any of shimano's spd pedals with the plastic star nut to be inferior to those featuring a proper steel hex nut for bearing adjustment/retention.

Look at 540's or better and I suspect you'll get considerably better longevity. 540's should be found for less than your $50 budget.

For whatever my experience is worth.
Thanks! I had a shipping issue with amazon so i got some eggbeaters instead of the nice vp's. I have a decent amount of miles on some candys and they are fine, so I will have a backup pair. But yeah I am leary of shimano especially the plastic nut ones like you mentioned.

I will use up these $14 vp's till they get issues then I will service them.
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The MKS urban step in b pedals are nice!, Once you switch pedal bodies with eachother, $15, free shipping. Function about the same as candy's. Dont know how similar to atac's they are, but theyre a clone, in operation at least. Seem to have a pretty high stack height though.
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Anybody use XTR pedals with the small cage like the 9020?
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Anybody use XTR pedals with the small cage like the 9020?
Yes, I have some XTR 9020's on a road bike.

I didn't want to bother with a different cleat style than my other bikes, so I went for these. I've only had them for about a couple of months, but so far I'd say they are great pedals.
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Yes, I have some XTR 9020's on a road bike.

I didn't want to bother with a different cleat style than my other bikes, so I went for these. I've only had them for about a couple of months, but so far I'd say they are great pedals.
Great--thanks for the feedback. I just won a nice set of XTR's on Fleabay, so I'm itchin' to try them on. I've tried A520's in the past (were "ok") and currently have Keo Blades, but want to stick to SPD's for the very reason you mention. Plus the shoes are more comfy
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Great--thanks for the feedback. I just won a nice set of XTR's on Fleabay, so I'm itchin' to try them on. I've tried A520's in the past (were "ok") and currently have Keo Blades, but want to stick to SPD's for the very reason you mention. Plus the shoes are more comfy
The XTR's are definitely higher quality than the 520s and work well as a road pedal, at least for me. I'm with you on the shoe comfort, I love my shoes and find them not only great for riding but easy to walk around in.
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I have repeatedly tried to use road pedals and shoes since I rarely go off-road, only ones I can get along with are speedplay zero's. Even then the sidi road shoes are suicidal to walk in, even with kool kovers.

I have a couple pairs of look delta's, and every time I think I can reliably use them I'm left pedalling across an intersection with one leg.
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I admit that I've never even tried road pedals. Once I started with SPDs I just didn't want to mess with having a different shoe for different bikes. And I've found my SPD shoes are so comfortable and easy to walk in that I'm not tempted to try anything else.
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I admit that I've never even tried road pedals. Once I started with SPDs I just didn't want to mess with having a different shoe for different bikes. And I've found my SPD shoes are so comfortable and easy to walk in that I'm not tempted to try anything else.

You have more sense than I.
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... I'm left pedalling across an intersection with one leg.



BTDT. The SPD's are very easy to get into/out of, and as Winston says, the ability to walk around with "almost normal" looking shoes is nice.
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Yea at first I got some of those combination spd/flat pedals. Seemed like a good idea, but not so much. Tried double sided spd next, was amazed how easy they were.
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Well, I think it's just the way things evolved for me. My first "serious" bike was a cross bike that I bought with M520s. My next bike a number of years later was a touring bike, and road pedals didn't make much sense for that type of bike so I bought some Shimano XTs for that.

Fast forward to a couple of months ago when I bought a very nice carbon road bike, despite the salesman trying to sell me on road pedals, I simply wasn't interested in having to use different shoes so I insisted on mountain SPDs even if he thought that sacrilegious. And he made it clear he didn't like putting mountain pedals on this bike but at this stage of my cycling "career" I don't care too much about what anybody else thinks so I went for the XTRs.

I may very well have been swayed by the salesman if I had bought the road bike earlier though, actually I'm sure that I would have been.
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Well, I think it's just the way things evolved for me. My first "serious" bike was a cross bike that I bought with M520s. My next bike a number of years later was a touring bike, and road pedals didn't make much sense for that type of bike so I bought some Shimano XTs for that.

Fast forward to a couple of months ago when I bought a very nice carbon road bike, despite the salesman trying to sell me on road pedals, I simply wasn't interested in having to use different shoes so I insisted on mountain SPDs even if he thought that sacrilegious. And he made it clear he didn't like putting mountain pedals on this bike but at this stage of my cycling "career" I don't care too much about what anybody else thinks so I went for the XTRs.

I may very well have been swayed by the salesman if I had bought the road bike earlier though, actually I'm sure that I would have been.

I find it pretty irritating that people judge others for their equipment choices. As long as its safe, what does it matter?

Is it better to be comfortable and safe? Or use "appropriate" gear?
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I find it pretty irritating that people judge others for their equipment choices. As long as its safe, what does it matter?

Is it better to be comfortable and safe? Or use "appropriate" gear?


Absolutely - I'm not racing so squeezing out every last bit of performance isn't that essential to me. I'm just a guy having fun on my bikes!
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I had look compatible pedals before but I switched to spds because I like to be able to walk in my cycling shoes. I make stops at restaurants and stores sometimes.
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I use A600's on my road bikes. Shimano markets them as the premium road spd pedal.
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I use A600's on my road bikes. Shimano markets them as the premium road spd pedal.
Actually, those look excellent - I didn't even know they existed! I won't bother changing to them at this stage, but that's probably what I'll get if I ever buy another road bike (and I'm sure I will).
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I use A600's on my road bikes. Shimano markets them as the premium road spd pedal.
Do they hang in the same orientation consistently?
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