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Old 03-11-09, 03:31 PM   #1
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Trivial toe clip question

I noticed MKS has both Alloy and Steel Chrome toe clips. What are the differences besides the Steel usually costing less?
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Old 03-11-09, 03:34 PM   #2
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steel is heavier, alloy is usually steel for strength mixed with aluminum for lightweight savings. Get the steel, they will last longer.
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Old 03-11-09, 03:49 PM   #3
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are the alloy ones NJS? not that it matters in the least. I've got the steel ones, they work just fine, had them for a year, although there is a bit of rust from riding all winter.
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get steel, they wont bend as easily
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The steel will bend more while the alloy will break more.
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go with steel

i think most of the differences were already mentioned

they both have their advantages, but for every day riding the steel ones are better since they will bend instead of breaking (as the previous poster said)
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steel is heavier, alloy is usually steel for strength mixed with aluminum for lightweight savings. Get the steel, they will last longer.
huh?

Steel and Aluminum don't mix.
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steel is going to be stronger and hold up to daily abuse better. the weight savings is roughly comparable to what you'd lose from running three miles.

the number of people who've broken aluminum clips to steel clips is insane. with the exception of a recent thread where i heard about someone breaking a steel clip due to rust, i have never known a steel clip to break. i've broken two alloy ones though, and have heard of lots more.
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I noticed MKS has both Alloy and Steel Chrome toe clips. What are the differences besides the Steel usually costing less?
Aluminum is lighter, more prone to break. I have aluminum clips (Campy Super Record) on my weight-weenie bike and they've held up well enough, but for something that's going to be ridden hard I'd go for steel or plastic.

I had a set of Ale aluminum clips long ago -- they broke within a couple months. The Campy's seem to be better made at least.

If you want light weight and durable, get plastic clips.
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If you want light weight and durable, get plastic clips.
Totally. Plastic is awesome except for the fact that snobs will look down on you for not having more expensive clips. On the MASH blog I saw a link to quad gate plastic clips which I would have picked up had I not switched to clipless
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get the steel ones. i broke my alloy ones pretty fast.


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Totally. Plastic is awesome except for the fact that snobs will look down on you for not having more expensive clips. On the MASH blog I saw a link to quad gate plastic clips which I would have picked up had I not switched to clipless
I've been using these plastic clips on my commuter for over 20 years:

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One word, Benjamin, Plastics.
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