OK, I'm newly registered on the forum but have been reading/riding for years and mostly I race. I already have experience with two of the pedals in the title. I'm seeking some current opinions on these pedals that does not appear to have been discussed clearly, particularly around power transfer. I'm sure there's some better insight out there. Basically, I am dissatisfied with the unstable platform of my Frogs, especially compared to the stability and power transfer I get from my road pedals. I'm not talking about float i.e. horizontal rotation, I'm talking about stepping in the pedal and being able to roll the foot left or right, i.e. vertical rotation.
The short question is, are my Frog cleats just worn? Will new cleats have less play while pedaling? Or, is this just characteristic of Frogs and will I find better satisfaction by moving to Eggbeaters, Looks or Other, or returning to ATACs?
Here's what I really want:
A CX and MTB racing pedal that exits without fail, has consistent and reliable entry, but that feels stable and solid while grinding away. i.e. I want great power transfer. This pedal is for racing first, not touring.
Here's what I know:
I'm currently using Frogs for my MTB and Cross bikes after the encouragement of a friend a few years back. These are mounted on Carnac shoes. I rode ATACs prior to that but never paid attention to stability and power transfer. I do like the effortless exit of the Frogs, I don't like how unstable I feel when clipped in - I feel like I'm riding on a loose ball joint, especially compared to a road pedal. Also, when I transfer all my power I can sense the pressure of the Frog cleat in my feet, which isn't very comfortable.
A) Replace my Frog cleats more often
B) Switch shoes
C) Face it LeFranc, the most reliable, consistent CX/MTB pedal for stability and power transfer is _____
D) Both B and A
E) Both B and C