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Old 10-19-06, 01:59 PM   #1
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What pedals would you get?

If you had to get a set of clipless pedals, what would you get? I've got some Shimano MT clipless shoes now with SPD cleats, but I'm gonna splure and get a pair of the Sidi Genius 5's. I have some platform/clip pedals that allow you to wear normal shoes, but I never ride without my cleats, so I want some other pedals.

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Old 10-19-06, 02:03 PM   #2
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SPD's are ridiculously easy to get into and out of. There are a ton of clones out there, so you can save money. And the cleats don't need to be replaced every 3 months *cough* crank bros *cough*.
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Do you want road or mountain style? (ie. are you doing rec/race riding, or urban/commuting riding?)

If you're picking up sidi genius shoes I would imagine you are going for road style cleats and pedals, so in that case, I like the look keos. I have the keo carbons; they are light, have 3 sets of bearings each pedal, a large platform and you can get them cheap on the web)

However, if you're commuting, I'd stick with SPD style cleats and get sidi dominators instead (they are pretty much identical to the geniuses, just spd and walkable). I have stainless eggbeaters that I'm pretty happy with, although on long rides they are too loose and get annoying. I have the hardened cleats on my mountain shoes now and they are WAYY better and harder than the stock cleats. If you have eggbeaters, upgrade your cleats.
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I love nice tight clip-ins; I'm about 80% a commuter, so I still need to walk in the shoes often. How are the Sidi dragons (anyone know)? Mostly my issues with my shoes now is that I don't feel that there's enough rigidity to them, and I feel like I'm pedaling with only the tip of my feet. I've adjusted them over and over, but i'd like a bit more security in 'em. There's a lot of messengers around here wearing sidi's, but I can never see what kind of pedals they have.
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Shiznaz, are you talking about the "premium" crank bros cleats? theyre $3 more http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...0&category=116
I definetely notice the looseness, would you recommend these? It'd be almost more convenient for me to just buy a pair of pedals for $20 more and just have eggbeaters on 2 bikes.
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I love my Candy SL pedals. I have sprinted up hills on them and never a problem. The Time Atac are quite nice as well.
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Shiznaz, are you talking about the "premium" crank bros cleats? theyre $3 more http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...0&category=116
I definetely notice the looseness, would you recommend these? It'd be almost more convenient for me to just buy a pair of pedals for $20 more and just have eggbeaters on 2 bikes.

I find them alot harder and stiffer. Then again I had my orginal cleats set the high float way and the new cleats set the low float way. Either way, they ARE harder and have more adjustability. I wouldn't ride the regular cleats anymore.
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i've used my stock eggbeaters cleats for well over 3 months, without unintentional unclipping.
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that said i'd get either Time ATAC or crank bros. pedals
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searching for the best clipless setup for riding brakeless
Eggbeaters or ATACs
Riding Clipless?
Which Egg Beaters?
what kind of clipless pedals work best?
joined the ranks of clipless and brakeless...


summary: toss up between atac's and eggbeaters. i like my eggbeaters.
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get beaters if you are wanting to stick with mountain cleats. Otherwise spd-sl/
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I'd get some Time Atacs, but my M520s aren't dying anytime soon.
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I just bought some eggbeaters a couple of months ago. I would reccommend these if you have a pretty true pedal stroke. If you have a pedal stroke that is all over the place I could see a person running into some trouble. I have unclipped once when try to skid and the results weren't so great but this is because I shifted my foot and unclipped. On the same note the nice thing about them is that they are really easy to get out of if you run into a problem, such as a 0mph dump at a light.
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Old 10-19-06, 04:39 PM   #14
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i ride sidi dominators and time atacs. it does everything i want it to do. most of the messengers i know who ride clipless ride times. those messengers you see in chicago are probably on times aswell.
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i've used my stock eggbeaters cleats for well over 3 months, without unintentional unclipping.

Wow! Well over 3 months!

...the stock cleats last longer than 3 months, they aren't made of BUTTER after all. Give it some time.
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Time ATAC XS here ... no complaints at all.
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Time ATACs here too. I love 'em.
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i ride sidi dominators and time atacs. it does everything i want it to do. most of the messengers i know who ride clipless ride times. those messengers you see in chicago are probably on times aswell.
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Time ATAC + Sidi Dominator


Same combo I have. Best setup ever.

Other clipless fixie setups I've had dating back to 2002:
(doesn't include clip/strap systems before 2002)

Eggbeater + Sidi Dominator
Time ATAC + Nike Kato III
Time ATAC + Lake (can't remember the model)
Time ATAC (Alium) + Lake, (Aliums were easier to get into but just ugly. I like the older ones above)
Ultegra SPD + Lake, (non pontoon system ultegra pedals)
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Time ATAC Aliums. Because I got waaay over mysteriously unclipping from my SPDs.
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my clipless setup is pretty much my ideal setup - sidi dominator 5 narrow's and time atac xs carbon.

my ideal clipless for the track would be rocket 7 custom track shoes, and speedplay zero stainless track pedals

my ideal clipless setup for the road would be specialized bg s-works road shoes, and speedplay zero ti pedals
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Light, easy, cheap = SPD

Dead sexy (but not the lightest) = Speedplay (lollipop, not frog)

All others = middleground
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Lots of different opinions here. Go with the SPDs if you want the most easy to walk in shoe between rides. The SPD cleats also don't make as much noise as a Crank Bros or Eggbeater pedal.
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The SPD cleats also don't make as much noise as a Crank Bros or Eggbeater pedal.
Not in my experience. The eggbeater cleats are 1.5-2mm thinner than SPD cleats, so they don't crunch as much.

Still, I definitely vote SPD.

If I were to buy road/track racing shoes+pedals, I'd go with those cross-shaped things. They just look red hot. What are they called?
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Those are Coombe Pedals. I think they went out of business though.

I use Crank Bros. Quattros with my DMT Ultimax Spirit RSX shoes. They've been good to me, but it's my first clipless pedal. I've only had them a few months too.
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That's the one. Looks like their site is down, so...


BTW, this site lists all sorts of clipless pedals you never thought existed.
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