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Old 09-08-09, 11:24 AM
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Tip of the Day: check that cleat fits new petal

Yesterday, I went to Snowbasin to do some Mt. biking. Well, I decided to put the Crank Bros smarty peatals on the new MT bike I bought, but I forgot to make sure that my SPD cleat fits the new petal. Well FF to Snowbasin. I didn't bring the old petal. So, when I went to clip in the petal, no go. The front part of the clip would fit, but it was too long for the peatal. So I got to ride up Snowbasin with a shoe that only hallfway clips into the petal. It was worse than having just platform petals. It made riding not as fun as it could have been, but it was a great morning anyway.
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Old 09-08-09, 12:09 PM
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Every pedal I ever bought comes with the appropriate cleats. Not eggbeaters?
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They did, I just assumed that my current cleat would fit the petal as well. Bad assumption. It mad an a## of me and the trail, but mostly me.

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Old 09-08-09, 01:14 PM
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I thought all CB pedals were SPD compatible?
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Old 09-08-09, 01:39 PM
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CB cleats fit onto SPD-compatible shoes (shoes with 2 screw holes, as opposed to LOOK compatible shoes with 3 screw holes). CB Cleats do not fit in SPD pedals and vice versa.

Glad you still got a ride in. OP.
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Old 09-08-09, 01:45 PM
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It was still a fun ride, despite the petal problem. Since they are different, I have been contemplating changing my other two bikes to either the egg beater or the smarty petals, as it would cost about $80 to put petals on my other bike vs. $40 to put the bontrager RE-1 on the bke that has the CB.

So, does anyone out there have good / bad to say about the CB?
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I did this recently, thinking I'd keep the SPD's on my commuter and the crank bros on my road bike while using one pair of shoes. Gotta pay more attention than I did. The crank bros cleats are compatible with SPD shoes, not SPD pedals. My commuter is back on the platforms for the time being
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I have my Commuter Giant OCR Road, and Stumpjumper with the Bontrager SpD petals. and the Trek 6500 Disc with the CB. I was curious if those out there think these would be a better petal than the bontrager. The Bontrager are just the entry level petal, steel post and a petal on both sides.
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All 4 1/2 of my bikes run some class of CB pedal. I prefer the feel of them to SPDs, and I like the way the cleat is made of softer metal than the pedal, so that it wears out 1st. Some folks have had experience with CB pedals breaking. I've broken 2 pairs, one in a bad wreck and one in a pedal strike on a rock while riding offroad. Both times CB repaired/replace the pedals for the price of shipping, alone.

They're not perfect, but I like them well enough to keep running them.
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I have my Commuter Giant OCR Road, and Stumpjumper with the Bontrager SpD petals. and the Trek 6500 Disc with the CB. I was curious if those out there think these would be a better petal than the bontrager. The Bontrager are just the entry level petal, steel post and a petal on both sides.
It's pedal. Pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal.
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Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
It's pedal. Pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal.
Thanks for the correction. I is a college graduate.
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Lots of pedal cleats are SPD shoe compatible but so far as I know every manufacturer has their own cleat design. Shimano, Time, Crank Brothers, Wellgo, MKS and others all make MTB pedals which have cleats that fit SPD compatible shoes but NONE of the cleats are cross compatible per my understanding.
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I guess today is my day to learn a lot about cleats and shoes that I had just assumed.
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The exception to 'no cross-compatibility' would be the Wellgo/Performance/Nashbar clones of Shimano pedals; they mate up acceptably well, just not perfectly. Used Wellgos with Shimano 515's for about six months -- took that long for the guy who gave me the 515's to find the originals. Since my Wellgos did work, I didn't bother looking into the LBS.
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Pedal


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Thanks for the correction. I is a college graduate.
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Thanks for the correction. I is a college graduate.
Ummm... don'tcha mean grad-um-nate?
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Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
It's pedal. Pedal pedal pedal pedal pedal.
give him a Brake - he also need to ask about his Breaks sqeeling
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give him a Brake - he also need to ask about his Breaks sqeeling
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