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    Pd-R550 vs PD-5700

    I'm a fairly new rider looking to get my first pair of clipless pedals. I've ridden mtn bikes for years with clipless pedals but don't have any experience with road clipless pedals. I have decided on purchasing the spd-sl style pedals but am looking for advice on pedal choice. I am trying to decide between the pd-r550 and the pd-5700(the 105 line). It looks like the only real difference between the two pedals is the weight. Are there any other differences I need to know about? Thanks for the advice!

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    i recently ordered a set of the 550's. From what i read they are one level lower then 105, but a level higher the the 540's, they are made out of some sort of resin/carbon material.

    shimano make great pedals, if its your first i would save some dough and get the 550's.

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    The 5700 pedals are good to go...and pretty stinking cheap if you get them on sale. They are smooth as glass and super quiet...after 1000+ miles they still performed flawlessly...

    I rant them all last season and they were flawless...I foolishly "upgraded" to the 6800 this year and I'll be 100% honest, I can't tell the difference in the slightest.

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    My wife has the PD-5700's. She bought them on Amazon for under $70. Also, I have the PD-5700 CARBON, which are really nice, lightweight (not quite as light as the Ultegra PD-6800, but great price). I think I found mine online around $100. I think that was a great deal.
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    Ribble is sold out of the 5700c, but has the 550's for under $45. I don't have experience with that model. Looks like they mimic they 'higher-end' pedals pretty closely. The r540's were fine...but were a very old design. I have some alloy 105 & Ult. versions from a few years back (5700, etc.) and they are pretty nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
    Ribble is sold out of the 5700c, but has the 550's for under $45. I don't have experience with that model. Looks like they mimic they 'higher-end' pedals pretty closely. The r540's were fine...but were a very old design. I have some alloy 105 & Ult. versions from a few years back (5700, etc.) and they are pretty nice.
    There are some trustworthy retailers on ebay selling them as well.

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    I have the 5700s. I believe when I purchased them a couple years ago the R550 had only a single bearing and the 5700 had two bearings on the length of the pedal axle. I love how smooth the pedals are and are reasonably lightweight with adjustable tension. You can find them on clearance for about 70 bucks on amazon.
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    Thanks for the replies everyone. I think I'm going to go with the 550's based on the fact I cane save a good chunk of money, which I will put towards shoes. I will let you all know how I like them after I've tried them.

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    I got two sets of R540 for $35 at nashbar:

    Shimano R540 Road Pedals - Normal Shipping Ground

    Been riding them for 1 1/2 years with no complaints. Sure I could spend another $100-150 and shave a few grams but I'm satisfied
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    Are the bearing setups different between the R550 and PD-5700?

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    I ride the 540s now and was thinking of upgrading to the new 6800 Ultegra. Looked into the 550's and ended up ordering them today. Paid $35. Definitely worth a try at that price. Would have paid $140 for the Ultegra off eBay. We will see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sund View Post
    Are the bearing setups different between the R550 and PD-5700?
    Looks like the new R550s are using the old 5700 style bearings. The newer 5700C uses the Ultegra style bearings.

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    i have the r540 on one bike and 5700 on another. both are excellent. i cant tell the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowgo View Post
    I ride the 540s now and was thinking of upgrading to the new 6800 Ultegra. Looked into the 550's and ended up ordering them today. Paid $35. Definitely worth a try at that price. Would have paid $140 for the Ultegra off eBay. We will see.
    Where did you find them for $35? Thats barely more than a pair of replacement cleats

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlude97 View Post
    Where did you find them for $35? Thats barely more than a pair of replacement cleats
    PBK. actually paid $38. they are $45 and I used a 15%.

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