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Old 04-04-06, 04:00 PM   #1
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Nashbar pedals

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After turning my shins into hamburger this saturday, I've decided it's time to go clipless on the MTB, but on the cheap, since I'm pretty darn close to broke right now. I've already got SPD mountain shoes, so the pedals have to be SPD. There's no real mud I have to deal with, so the only requirement is that the pedals not explode when 210lbs of Me land on them.

What's the difference in these two pedals:

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

Other than color choice (and I am tempted by getting red to match the rest of the bike) and price.

They look like SPD compatible, yes?
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Old 04-04-06, 04:56 PM   #2
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usually clipless pedals come with their own cleats... when a shoe maker says "spd compatible" they are referring to the distance between the two bolts that fasten the cleat onto the shoe. most cleats if not all for mountain clipless pedals fit in an spd compatible shoe.

yes, those pedals should work
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Oh, sorry, what I meant by SPD compatible is, I have one pair of shoes, and I don't want to replace the cleat every time I switch from mountain to road, the cleat on my shoes right now is for a ritchey SPD pedal, will they work with the nashbar pedal? The cleat looks exactly the same in the pictures, and actually, the weight is exactly the same, according to nashbar. I think it's just a nashbar copy of the cleat I have.
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Yeah you are probly fine. The more expencieve ones you posted are more expensive and heavier. They look like a pair of k2 pedals i had that were death machines. One pair a spring broke and i got locked into the pedal and hten on another pair they just were mega hard to find a good tension point. either couldnt stay cliped in or couldnt get cliped in. I would get the cheaper ones.
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the second pair (more ecpensive) wieghs about 178g, which is about half of the other. It is for all the wieght weenies out there
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Just for future reference for all those poor suckers told to "use the search function" - the pedals work fine with a ritchey cleat, just finished setting them up.
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i've ridden the "special" version for 6+ years now, on my 3rd pair. Pretty tough pedals, i like them a lot and do no maintenance except the occasional shot of lube. cleats are all compatible with shimano, ritchey, wtb, whoever makes "spd comp" pedals.
Welcome to clipless. You're gonna have some embarrasing crashes and tip-overs, but you'll never go back!
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Why don't you just get shinguards?

I don't like clipless, I'd wear them if I was doing cross country exclusively but clipless is a no-no in dirt jumping and fr/dh and impossible for trials.
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Why don't you just get shinguards?

I don't like clipless, I'd wear them if I was doing cross country exclusively but clipless is a no-no in dirt jumping and fr/dh and impossible for trials.
shinguards are a pain. They're uncomfortable, and more expensive than pedals, and they don't actually help with the problem, which is my feet flying off the pedals when I try to pull.

Also, I don't even know of a place around here where there's DJ, FR, DH, or trials commonly done. Just some killer XC.


acroy: not new to clipless, just new to clipless on the MTB. not worried about falling over so much as not pulling out when I run into trees, which happens fairly often.
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Regarding pedals on the cheap:
I've had very bad experiences with cheap SPD pedals (see: wellgo) and I would recommend spending a bit more money on something reputable.
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I had a friend who was also strapped for cash and bought the real cheap ones you were asking. He always had a hard time getting the tension right between having the tension high enough to were his feet wouldn't come off and having it too high to were they wouldn't come off in time. He had a really nasty fall once and the stupid pedal wouldn't release him. Save like $10-15 more and get on ebay and get your self some better entry level pedals from shimano, frogs, crank bro. etc. If you check out MTBR you will see the big difference in reviews.
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I suggest you get the most expensive ones. Those are acceptable, the others are crap.

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