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Old 08-17-16, 01:22 PM
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Pedals won't release cleats

Dunno if this is the correct place to post this, but, as it is a mechanical issue, here goes:

I recently installed a pair of Nashbar Ventoux pedals on my bike.
Basically Wellgo R3 road pedals.
I use Look Delta black cleats, and those are s'posed to be compatible.
After a couple of rides, the left pedal would not release the cleat.
I could rotate it fine, but it would catch at the outermost limit of rotation and neither
release nor allow further rotation.
The right pedal was fine....until I finished this morning's ride.
Then, the right acted in the dame manner.
I just about fell over before getting the shoe out of the pedal.
I have NEVER had that happen before.
Any ideas??

I have not adjusted tension on these..they are set mid-range.

I will change pedals first. Hopefully, that will fix the issue.
But, I really like those pedals..........

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just noticed that these pedals have a wide notch in the leading edge of the cleat retainer.....
may require a different cleat after all??
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Nashbar admitted, in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner that that design "was not their finest hour."
Hmm.......
These are Wellgo pedals and I have noticed the same notch on some of their pedals.
Dunno why they did that, but it dunna work............
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Perhaps the cleat has loosened and is rotating on your shoe instead of in the pedal.
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Yeah, some of Wellgo's earlier MTB pedals were also advertised to work with Shimano's SPD cleats and they did.....sort of and not very well. I expect Wellgo has to avoid an exact copy of Shimano, Look or other maker's cleats and pedals to avoid patent infringement.
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Bring those pedals to a Performance store and see if the Fortes are the same. I've used Fortes with LOOK and Wellgo black cleats for years with no issues. I'm guessing the Nashbars and Fortes are identical save branding, but perhaps not.

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Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier
Perhaps the cleat has loosened and is rotating on your shoe instead of in the pedal.
A good thought, but not the case.
I did have that problem on a prior set of pedals on which I had made the release tension too tight.
The cleat rotated, but it would still release without a problem.
It wouldn't "catch" like on these pedals with the notched cleat plate.

Just that my heel was way too far out when pedaling..........
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I had a pair of those pedals, and even with the included cleats they were spectacularly terrible.
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney
Bring those pedals to a Performance store and see if the Fortes are the same. I've used Fortes with LOOK and Wellgo black cleats for years with no issues. I'm guessing the Nashbars and Fortes are identical save branding, but perhaps not.

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The Forte pedals all use KEO cleats now.
They used to have Delta compatible pedals, and they did not have the notched catch.
That was a while ago...........
Nashbar has discontinued the Ventoux pedals.......
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