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Old 11-05-09, 12:31 PM
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Bombproof Clipless Pedals

For over a decade of commuting and messengering I used the basic Nashbar MTB pedal until this happened a year ago.





This was a shock and I can no longer trust these pedals so since then I've been running Ritchey's V4's, which pretty much suck and they are quickly giving up the ghost in the bearing department.
I'm a big guy (235) and I tend to be pretty hard on my gear and am looking for recommendations on some double sided clipless pedals that have stood the test of time for other commuters. And while I know some of you swear by platforms for some good reasons, they just don't work for me. I've been riding clipless since '84 and I feel like I'm going to fly off the bike if I'm not clipped in.
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Yikes.

I've had no problem with those same pedals in almost 600 miles of hammering the snot out of them on my fixed/singlespeed rig. Including a really gnarly curbstrike which lifted the back end of the bike clean off the ground by using the pedal/crankarm like a vaulting pole. That incedent did, however, thoroughly trash one side of the SPD mechanism.
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shimano 540s i have been using them for years. been through 5 Michigan winters and still roll like new. i also have a set on my peddicab and they hold up to the stress of pulling around people all day. look at nasbar they have them on sale alot there only like $35.00
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Was it the same set of pedals for 10 yrs or multple sets? (question is is there use fatigue involved...I have no ideas of what to expect for pedal lifecycle0
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
Yikes.

I've had no problem with those same pedals in almost 600 miles of hammering the snot out of them on my fixed/singlespeed rig. Including a really gnarly curbstrike which lifted the back end of the bike clean off the ground by using the pedal/crankarm like a vaulting pole. That incedent did, however, thoroughly trash one side of the SPD mechanism.
I believe you. I would be willing to bet that in the years before this I had put thousands of miles on other examples of these pedals with only attachment failures, but a spindle failure imo is always unacceptable, especially in a MTB pedal.
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A second for Shimano 540s. They are so simple, there's little to go wrong. I've never heard of a spindle failure (though I do acknowledge it may have happened) on a 540.
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Originally Posted by Treespeed View Post
For over a decade of commuting and messengering I used the basic Nashbar MTB pedal until this happened a year ago.

I'm a big guy (235) and I tend to be pretty hard on my gear and am looking for recommendations on some double sided clipless pedals that have stood the test of time for other commuters.
Honestly, I think you got your $35 worth.
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Old 11-05-09, 01:58 PM
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Shimano M540s and M520s are both very popular around here. I've never heard of anyone wearing out the M540s, and only heard about the bearings wearing out on a single pair of the M520s.
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second/third the 540s
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Originally Posted by superdex View Post
Honestly, I think you got your $35 worth.
Oh, no doubt on that, and I'm not trying to impugn on Nashbar one bit, they rock. I just don't trust them anymore for ME.
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Time ATACs. I weigh 245, and they haven't let me down on any of my bikes which includes full suspension mtn bike, hardtail mtn bike, my roadie, and lastly my ss.
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Another vote for Shimano 520's or 540's. Durable and inexpensive. Have yet to be let down by either one.
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I has to be asked.

You people can vouch for the durability of pedals all you want, but have you used them for 10 years?

I guess I'm not seeing what the problem the OP has..... $35/10 = $3.50/year. Seems OK to me.

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Old 11-05-09, 06:35 PM
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My eggbeaters SL are holding up great. I am over 200lbs too.
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Originally Posted by JFlurett View Post
I has to be asked.

You people can vouch for the durability of pedals all you want, but have you used them for 10 years?

I guess I'm not seeing what the problem is.....
Does 9 years count on a mtn bike handling my weight...albeit I don't do more than 2 foot drops?
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Originally Posted by JFlurett View Post
I has to be asked.

You people can vouch for the durability of pedals all you want, but have you used them for 10 years?

I guess I'm not seeing what the problem is.....
I have a set of 545's that are going on their 11th year of service and third bike.
The 520's are on year 7 and their 2nd bike.
The 540's are finishing up their first year of service but I have nothing but great expectations from them.
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I had to buy new Time pedals, when I wore out the original proprietary cleats/gen1 of the ATAC Sierras sold with Time shoes, I got well over 10 years with them and HAD to replace them because the new cleats didn't fit the shoes' bolt pattern. Daily riding 12 months a year. I should check if the new cleats work on the old pedals, I just like having them lying around. I went with used ATAC alums from CL. Bombproof I tell ya. And yes.... crashed on, aired with, and beaten, oh yes they were so beaten.
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Originally Posted by BigSung View Post
Does 9 years count on a mtn bike handling my weight...albeit I don't do more than 2 foot drops?
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I have a set of 545's that are going on their 11th year of service and third bike.
The 520's are on year 7 and their 2nd bike.
The 540's are finishing up their first year of service but I have nothing but great expectations from them.
Certainly does count. Just wanted some perspective put to the OP's statements/requests.(I reread my first post and I wasn't clear in what I was thinking....long day)

I still stand by the OP got his money out of it. Would you swear off a brand of cars because you bought it used for $2000 with 100,000 miles on it, and it lasted you another 100,000 before dying?
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Speedplay Frogs are the bomb! Virtually nothing to break on that pedal. Free float is nice, and super easy to engage/disengage.
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Originally Posted by JFlurett View Post
I has to be asked.

You people can vouch for the durability of pedals all you want, but have you used them for 10 years?

I guess I'm not seeing what the problem the OP has..... $35/10 = $3.50/year. Seems OK to me.
I should have been clearer, I'd used that TYPE of pedal for years, replacing them after minor bearing or attachment failures every couple of years/10,000 miles, etc. But this failure was on a set of pedals that was at most a few months old and the upshot of the break was that my shin come down on the remaining end of the spindle with the below results:

So I'd like to find something with a better track record and I appreciate all of the suggestions.
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Originally Posted by jtwilson View Post
Speedplay Frogs are the bomb! Virtually nothing to break on that pedal. Free float is nice, and super easy to engage/disengage.
I second the Frogs!!
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