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Join Date: Feb 2011
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Initial Impressions - Forte Team Road Pedal
Forte Team Road Pedal - Performance Bicycle House Brand
Color(s): Black and Silver
In the box: Left and Right Pedal body, (2) Red, 9 deg., Look Arc compatible cleats, 3 hole mounting hardware, instructions.
Weight: 280 grams/pair
Material: Aluminum with Cromoly Spindle.
Cost: $80 - $40-$50 on sale
Fit and finish:
I bought the black pedals with subtle white logo on the side. They are shiny and slick looking. Pedal tension adjustment via an Allen screw on the rear of the pedal. Cleats are red with yellow accents. They have a solid feel to them and do not feel cheap. They hang off the crank arm at an approximate 75 degree heel down angle.
Overall initial impression:
Coming off of some borrowed Performance Bike Forte Carve SPD MTB style pedals I found these to be a great change. They remind me of my straps and cages as far as ease of entry and having to toe the pedal. Learning curve for me was pretty short. Pedal platform is nice and power transfer feels great. There is a noticeable difference between the SPD MTB style and this style of pedal. Release angle is wonderful for new guys just getting into the clipless area. Look Arcs allow you to unclip with a left or right twist of the foot. The twist is minimal at best and less than the Carves. The pedals release with a satisfying "pop" that you can feel. The factory tension setting feels secure, but not "locked in". The cleats walk well in road shoes although some say that the cleats wear quickly. Kool Covers I believe are available for the Look Arc style cleat. Overall I really enjoyed the first ten miles in these and can't wait to get them dialed in.
The look, pedal feel, tension adjustment, walkability, power transfer, price, ease of entry/exit.
Not Look Keo compatible (even though cleats are still available, how long they are available remains the question), limited float options (0 deg or 9 deg. Look Arc no longer makes the gray 6 deg). Quiet engagement (I like the click of the SPD. This could just be the learning curve or improper setup of the cleat).