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What pedals do you guys use?

Old 11-19-18, 01:18 PM
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What pedals do you guys use?

I have a set of Speedplay Zeros and Shimano M520's that I switch back and forth depending on how much off roading I do. But I am getting lazy and am thinking of just consolidating to one system. What's a good pedal that does the best of both worlds? Those ones with platforms like Candy or M8020's?
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Old 11-19-18, 01:28 PM
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Only had Time ATAC, but they were unscrewed, and removed, ( still here )
Un Needed, by my Aging, & not being that ambitious any more..

my favorite remains Campagnolo's BMX pedals .. bought on close out in the 80's..






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Old 11-19-18, 01:44 PM
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I assume you're using the Speedplay for "road", and the SPD pedals for "offroad"???

I use SPD pedals for 99% of my riding. (99.9%... there must be a 0.1% somewhere using something else).

You can get a variety of quality shoes to go with the SPD, for example Lake makes some lighweight CF sole shoes.

I'm not sure about different levels of SPD pedals. I got a cheap used set of M8000 or M9000 pedals that I have on one bike (with a quick bearing and lube job).

I like my XPedo M-Force-8 pedals. Double sided seems a bit better for hill climbing than single sided (R-Force). However, the M-Force-8 pedals are really grabby, and will snag the shoe wherever I hit the pedal. Still, for lightweight pedals, they are nice.

I've had issues with the R-Force pedals coming unscrewed internally, but so far so good with the M-Force-8 pedals.
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Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
What's a good pedal that does the best of both worlds? Those ones with platforms like Candy or M8020's?
You could look at the A520 or A600. They're much lighter than M8020 and have a sleeker and more road-esque appearance. They're single-sided and so aren't necessarily as nice for snappy clipping in on difficult terrain, but are otherwise very good.
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Old 11-19-18, 08:28 PM
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https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/...ls/rp-prod7808

On my 3rd set in 20 yrs. Pretty durable lol. Easy to use and not terribly heavy. Works well with spd shoes or normal shoes.
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Old 11-20-18, 10:25 AM
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Here's a link to the pedal thread that's already on the front page of this subforum: Pedals
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Old 11-20-18, 10:58 AM
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Chester Raceface's

Love them

Have them on my gravel bike and my commuter hybrid
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SPD - older 959's on the gravel bike, XTR's on the mountain bike. Shimano pedals have been stellar for me for a long time.
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On my road bike (Cannondale Synapse), Shimano 105 SPD-SL clipless pedals.

On my hybrid (Cannondale Quick CX), PD-M320 pedals. These have platforms on one side and SPD clipless on the other.

I like the efficiency and endurance-friendly comfort of the SPD-SL pedals on my road bike, where I'm prone to ride from one to five hours, and occasionally longer than that. It's important to me to not have issues with hot-spots. SPD-SL provides good support that mostly eliminates foot fatigue and hot spots.

I like the compromise of efficiency and walkability of the SPD pedals on my hybrid, where typical rides are twenty minutes up to about two hours. The SPD configuration is a little more prone to hot-spots than SPD-SL, but my ride time on the hybrid isn't as long as on my road bike, so that's less of a concern. On the other hand, walkable shoes are great for the type of cycling that the hybrid is good at. And for family recreation, or quick jaunts down to the store, it's nice to have the platform side for regular street shoes.
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Originally Posted by skipjacks View Post
chester raceface's

love them

have them on my gravel bike and my commuter hybrid
+1
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Old 11-21-18, 07:06 AM
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I have been really happy with SPD pedals. They have been reliable for me, and they seem to have plenty of options at various price points, both from shimano and as compatible off-brand pedals/cleats. I have the m520s on a few bikes, as well as the single sided a520 and a single sided Nashbar pedal as well, which are nice both for riding casually and for very long events (you don’t want to be locked in to your pedal when you cramp up!)
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I have the Crank Brothers Candy 2 on my gravel bike. I own 7 bicycles 5 of them with crank brothers pedals, so switching to a different MTB clipless pedal would be quite expensive. I started on Shimano M520 pedals but would they get clogged with the local sticky mud, so I switched to crank brothers, and haven't looked back.
As far as the various models from Crank Brothers I usually buy whatever I can get cheap or used, I personally prefer the Egg Beaters for it's mud shedding capabilities but the Candys aren't bad ( I don't feel any difference from the added platform). I have Candy 2's on my Gravel bike and Single Speed 29er, Egg Beater 2 on my XC Race Bike, Egg Beater 1 on the fat bike and Mallet 2 on the commuter. And the non Crank Brothers pedals are the flat pedals on my BMX Race bike and SPD SL on the track bike.
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If I had to pick just one pedal for my gravel bike, it's a set of good platform pedals. I'm currently using Race Face, but the seal on one of them seems to have been compromised after only 4-500 miles. But a nice light, thin and grippy platform is awesome on that bike. For racing, I put my Shimano XTR SPD's on it. It's an easy muscle memory clip-in/out, so I don't have to think about it.
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SPD for all my bicycle related needs. I have an old set of PD-M515 on my road bike and PD-M540 on my drop bar mountain/gravel/go-anywhere bike.

I like the M540 over the M520 because no special tools are required for servicing. Plus no plastic parts to break on rocks etc.
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My primary bikes:
Road: Ultegra SPD-SL
Gravel 1: XT PD-T8000 SPD trekking pedals
Gravel 2: PD-M540
Trail MTB: PD-M540
Fat: VP - 015 Vice flat/pinned

It's really hard to argue with the M540s.

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Spd xtr
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Speedplay Syzr. I was perfectly happy with my XTR pedals but after a bike fit I needed the spindle length options that Speedplay provides and switched to the Syzr. It was been perfectly fine for gravel. I haven’t been in any seriously muddy races since switching almost a year ago so I can’t comment on their performance in mud.
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Shimano XTR SPD pedals
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Any clipless pedals you guys recommend? After light research I was going to go with Shimano PD-M520 pedals but I have no clue. They will be my first clipless pedals so im not sure if there is a beginner friendly version or not. The next thing would be looking for shoes but I don't want to take the thread offtopic!
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I used to prefer looks, for some reason. Now days I like wide platform pedals for the convenience.
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Any clipless pedals you guys recommend? After light research I was going to go with Shimano PD-M520 pedals but I have no clue. They will be my first clipless pedals so im not sure if there is a beginner friendly version or not. The next thing would be looking for shoes but I don't want to take the thread offtopic!
I really like these. XTR 2019 Enduro Racing SPD Pedals PD-M9120
https://www.ebay.com/itm/XTR-2019-Enduro-Racing-SPD-Pedals-PD-M9120-For-Off-Road-MTB-NIB/113170848490?epid=9022496232&hash=item1a59821aea:g:EQQAAOSwE5xbWs7y&redirect=mobile
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The 2019 model has a much bigger platform than earlier models. You can set them for easy release and they are easy to clip in.

For shoes I like these https://bike.shimano.com/en-US/produ.../SH-ME301.html
I am sure there are better and more expensive shoes, but these work good for me.

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Shimano XTR SPD pedals
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I use crank brothers egg beaters 3
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I have a set of Speedplay Zeros and Shimano M520's that I switch back and forth depending on how much off roading I do. But I am getting lazy and am thinking of just consolidating to one system. What's a good pedal that does the best of both worlds? Those ones with platforms like Candy or M8020's?


8000's. In all the reviews I read the platform doesn't really help at all if you are locked into the pedal. The firmness of the sole takes place of the platform. Road pedals have more of the soles surface connected to the pedal as I feel a smaller area of my shoes connected with SPD's but its much easier to clip in and out with SPD's and being in the mud and gravel is less intrusive to the cleat itself.

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I have Shimano SPD A-530 - clipless/platform - on both bikes
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