Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

What pedals is everyone using?

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Old 09-29-17, 03:40 PM
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What pedals is everyone using?

I am currently using Crank Brothers Candy pedals, but have a helluva time getting clipped in. As in, it takes me a good 10-30 secs to get fully seating in the pedals. I don't like that.

What pedals are everyone using for their gravel bikes?

Thanks in advance.
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I am currently using Crank Brothers Candy pedals, but have a helluva time getting clipped in. As in, it takes me a good 10-30 secs to get fully seating in the pedals. I don't like that.

What pedals are everyone using for their gravel bikes?

Thanks in advance.
also using Candy's, and before that Egg Beaters. no issues clipping in at all outside of severely muddy cross races.

did you install those little shims under the cleats? I noticed that made a pretty big difference when I set up my last pair of shoes.
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I use Shimano PD-M8020 pedals with the SH-56 multi-directional cleats. It's very easy to clip in and out from them. Love them!
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XTR with SH61. I can't stand the 56s.
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Speedplay Syzr. I like the float and they proved to be great at LandRun 100 in the terrible mud.
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I took my first clipless ride ever today. Shimano A530 pedals. I was surprised how easily I was able to get in/out of them, being a little apprehensive about the whole thing prior. It was no sweat. In and out pretty easily. If anything, I think I might need to adjust them a little tighter, it was perhaps too easy to unclip. But I have no experience base to go on. If a clipless noob like me can use them no problem right off the bat, the A530s must be half decent.
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Crank Bros. Eggbeaters and Candies, depending on bike. Takes me about 3 seconds more or less to clip in.

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Shimano XTs. I've been riding them since they were the 747s 20 years ago. Indestructibly reliable.
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I Have several pairs of Shimano 520s and a couple pair of XTR I have been using for years.
I tried 540s and on every pair the left axle sheared inside the pedal.
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Shimano A530 SPD Pedals, SPD one side, platform-ish on the other.
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Shimano A530

I grab my gravel bike for most around town family rides so a platfom side is excellent.
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Speedplay zero. I aslo got a set of mavic crossride sl lying i was thinking of using in the winter. But i dont like them :-/

I don't ride any tricky singetracks and no mud, so no problems with speedplay.
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Lyotard 460D, Fisher double toe clips , straps cut and screwed to the ends of the pedal ( Old School Cross pedal setup )..

every one makes a different choice..

I had Time Atac on my bike for a while, I just don't use them any more. I don't do gravel races. (Too far away to bother)






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XTRs.
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XTR trail pedals.
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I grab my gravel bike for most around town family rides so a platfom side is excellent.
Same here but for "real" rides I prefer double-sided pedals.

XTR + http://www.flypedals.com/ + flip flops for around town stuff.
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I use my crank brother egg beaters 3 pedals
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Shimano SPD, I used egg beaters for years and after many many times having them blow up on rides I made the switch and only wish I had done it earlier.
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Originally Posted by BigPoser View Post
I am currently using Crank Brothers Candy pedals, but have a helluva time getting clipped in. As in, it takes me a good 10-30 secs to get fully seating in the pedals. I don't like that.

What pedals are everyone using for their gravel bikes?

Thanks in advance.
Also using Candy -- I have 10 sets in the fleet. Trouble clipping in is due to shoe-pedal interference. The included shims help a lot with new shoes. If that doesn't solve it for you, clip the shoe to the pedal while you're not wearing the shoe. Look for the areas where your shoe is contacting the pedal, then trim them away with a hobby knife.
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I currently use a variety of SPDs (for offroad, BMX racing, gravel) and Looks (for road).

I used to use Crank Brothers but had to warranty several pairs and was never was able to get clipped in as quickly as SPDs, so I gave up on them. I tried a variety of shoes, with and without shims. I had problems with bent spindles, broken eggbeaters, premature bearing failure, and other manufacturing defects. That was years ago...maybe they are better now.

None of the various pedal systems are perfect, but SPDs seem to be the most reliable and best bang for the buck, IMO.

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Candy on CX bike.. Mallet DH on mtn bike. love crank brothers. easiest to clip in and out for me
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XT m8000 on the race bike, m520s on the training/gravel/commuters
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Originally Posted by justin1138 View Post
also using Candy's, and before that Egg Beaters. no issues clipping in at all outside of severely muddy cross races.

did you install those little shims under the cleats? I noticed that made a pretty big difference when I set up my last pair of shoes.
Thanks everyone. Can you show me a pics of the shims that you're mentioning? I don't remember seeing any shims in the box. I certainly understand how they could help though, by lifting the cleat off the shoe bottom just enough to engage the pedal better.
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Thanks everyone. Can you show me a pics of the shims that you're mentioning? I don't remember seeing any shims in the box. I certainly understand how they could help though, by lifting the cleat off the shoe bottom just enough to engage the pedal better.
sure. they are the black things at the bottom.



and here's a couple pics of them installed and in use after two years. you can kind of see them under the cleats and dirt...



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