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What road pedals do you "heavyweights" use?

Old 10-30-12, 07:12 AM
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What road pedals do you "heavyweights" use?

So what road bike pedals do you use? Looking to replace my TIME iClics with Shimano Dura-ace or Ultegra spd-sl.
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My old Trek as some 2nd generation Looks from about 1990 on it. The Cannondale had (until last week) some cheap Look-compatible Nashbar Ventoux Mag2 pedals. Now it has Speedplay Zeroes (the chromoly ones). I've never had a pedal failure.
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Have used in the past:
  • Unknown clips & straps setup with Nike shoes (great shoes, btw)
  • Look delta clipless pedals (ca. 1992, rubber o-ring repeatedly failed, allowing body to come off spindle)
  • Mavic clipless Look Delta compatible (ca. 1992, still have, heavy as a tank, bombproof)
  • Look Keo Titanium Spindle (bearings were destroyed by slight flexing of titanium--titanium spindles not recommended for heavy riders I found out later!)
  • Look Keo Carbon, steel spindle (spindle snapped in half, luckily I was seated at the time)
  • Exustar Carbon Keo compatible (best ones I've used so far--finally wore out)
  • Exustar Nylon Keo compatible via eBay (nylon pedal body cracked at end of spindle, halfway through body--went through 3 pairs, same thing)
  • Forte (Performance in-house brand) aluminum body, Keo compatible, Exustar re-branded (body wears and then makes God-awful noise as it rubs on cleats, but good otherwise)
  • Current: Forte carbon body, Keo compatible (good, but not as good as the Exustar carbons)
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I've got the 105 SPD SL pedals on the Moto, they've held up fine. They aren't as light as the Ultegra or DA models, but the price jump into those pedals is huge like my waistline so as long as I'm a Clyde, I don't care about a few grams.
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I ran Ultegras when I got my road bike. They're nice pedals, but I dont like the lack of float (as compared to my egg beaters) - they felt like ski bindings.
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Originally Posted by campylover View Post
So what road bike pedals do you use? Looking to replace my TIME iClics with Shimano Dura-ace or Ultegra spd-sl.
Dude! Hero worship won't get you the best pedals for YOU!!!
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When I bought my bike, I got a great deal on some practically new Dura Ace pedals from a weight weenie that found something lighter. They are the only pedals I've had so I don't really have anything to compare them to, but I like them alot! The only downside is if you have to do any walking, the cleats suck, but you can buy covers for them.
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SPD - not SL.
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I use Ultegra SPD-SL's (Al not carbon) on my bike and PD-R540 SPD-SL's on my recumbent exercise trainer. The Ultegra's are nice because they have 3 sets of bearings, which means that they distribute load better for clydes and should maintain a longer life. I avoided the carbon due to fears of exceeding weight limits.

I saw no reason why Dura-Ace's would provide a practical benefit to folks of our size.
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shimano 105's on the roadie and CB Candies on the MTB
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Just replaced my old set of DA SPDR's with some 105 SPD-SL's. The Ultegra version don't save you any weight unless you go for the carbon version. Or, DA, which only come in Carbon. But, at too high a price for me right now.
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I use Candy's on on road and mtn bike, before that, just regular spd mtn pedals. I tried road pedals for a week, just did not see the benefit over walking normal.
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Think I will go with the Ultegra metal pedals.
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I prefer SPD pedals ... don't like walking like a mallard. Shimano A-530 pedals.
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Originally Posted by maidenfan View Post
I ran Ultegras when I got my road bike. They're nice pedals, but I dont like the lack of float (as compared to my egg beaters) - they felt like ski bindings.
Not sure what you're saying. Do you want float, or not? All Shimano SPD-SL pedals come with a set of float cleats that are yellow colored. If you want zero float, dump the "yellow" cleats and install a set of "orange" ones. Coming from the old "rat traps", I'm used to riding with zero float and felt very insecure with the float cleats. (I have about five yellow pairs that I'll be putting on the bay when I get around to it.)

I have SPD-SL on all my bikes, Dura-Ace on one bike, just because the rest of the components on that bike are D/A. Two other bikes have the AL Ultegra pedals and my Bike Friday has 105 pedals. Only exception is my rigid-suspension mtb, which has crankbrothers Candy pedals, (so that I can walk easier).
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Speedplay Zeros. I used to love my Bebops, but after riding the Zeros for a while, I can't get used to the big float of the Bebops any more.
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I use a few different pedals, mostly shimano spd 540's. I like the mountain bike pedals and shoes even on my road bikes.

I still have a few pairs of old campy 1980's pedals and some cheap wellgo on my mountain and hybrid bikes.
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I have Shimano A530 SPD. I got them for the ease of clipping in, and when I want to wear normal shoes, the ability to flip the pedals.
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Speedplay Zeros.
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Time ATACs. I recommend that strong/heavy riders stay away from Crank Brothers. They break WAY too easy.
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Shimano A600 SPD (non SL). I use mountain shoes with a recessed SPD cleat so I don't have to think about it if I run into a store or need to walk a little when I'm out on a ride. It happens.
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Originally Posted by carl_h View Post
I prefer SPD pedals ... don't like walking like a mallard. Shimano A-530 pedals.
+1

I have a sweet LUVBS near my house and I can buy used mountain SPD pedals for $15/pair all day long, and the shoes are just a lot more versatile.

Although I dream of finding a good deal on a pair of used Speedplay Frogs + cleats on eBay someday...
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