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).
Glad to hear your experience is positive. Likewise, I've been having a good time with some less expensive Look-compatible Nashbars. After 25 year of riding only Looks, I'm no longer convinced you need to pony up their asking price to get a decent quality pedal. I don't know off the top of my head how weights compare, but until there's no longer another 25 pounds I can remove from the motor, I won't sweat things like pedal weight. And so far durability has not been an issue, though it's too early to tell what long-term use is going to be like.
I thought about Nashbar, but did not want to pay for shipping. BTW 308 grams per pair.
It is odd that the carbon version of the same pedal adds anther $30 and shaves .06 ounces or some stupid number off the weight. What is that $30, admission to the cool club? Now if $30 saved me 6 ounces, well I would consider it.
Final test at 3200 miles there about.
So the cleat finally died, before the walk of shame. That just put the nail in the coffin. The pedals worked well with a few complaints so here is the breakdown.
The left cleat bearing wore out and did not spin freely. A good flick might get you 1/2 rotation. This was not an issue just something that I noticed.
The black paint sucked and began to wear off quickly.
The right cleat did not want to engage occasionally. I lubed and cleaned, but this continued to be an issue. The left never had this issue.
It did not have a loud enough "click".
The right cleat always felt sticky.
The float, 9 degrees, was good.
The cleats are proprietary. Performance said they were compatible with Look Delta Arc, but I tried to replace the cleats. I tried the Look Delta Arc brand and a knock off. Neither worked. Both were just a little too long. Performance acknowledged this. The new Performance Team are supposed to be Keo compatible. I have not checked this.
Performance, after acknowledging the incompatibility, gave me store credit for the pedal.
I purchased Look Keo Plus pedals.
Oddly, had the pedal not had compatibility issues I would have given them, with the new Keo cleat, another try.
FYI - Performance has a recall on the house brand carbon pedal.