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clipless shimano XT/XTR road and gravel noob help

Old 05-13-21, 07:31 AM
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clipless shimano XT/XTR road and gravel noob help

shimano XT/XTR road and gravel advice?

gents,
i am building up a litespeed appalachian frame and am a bit of a noob. this is a gravel bike.
for years i rode this javelin Ti bike (shown here) with some version of the shimano clip less pedal. i guess it must be the XT probably since i am not sure i would have sprung for XTR.
recently i picked up this TREK carbon fiber TCT (also shown here) and basically put on it what i had in a box since i think i recently must have given an old set of shimano clip less pedals to goodwill or something like a dope. so on the carbon fiber bike i have these one sided deals which are not going to work.
shimano seems to have a road version of the XT and the XTR? then they also have a gravel version of the XT and the XTR?
i know this is totally up to how much i will ride the bikes and how much i want to spend but what does the appalachian want for pedals? it really wants the TWO SIDES CLIPLESS shimano gravel XTR?
and the carbon fiber bike wants the shimano road XTR?
any sensible reason to get XTR over XT?
also can i give my existing shimano road pedals a “refresh” by buying a kit of some kind with SOME new parts?
similarly can i buy used pedals and clean them snd refresh them myself? or is this a bad idea?
THANKS
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In no order…

1) Most Shimano pedals can be “rebuilt,” by simply taking the axles out, cleaning everything really well, then lubing with bearing grease, and reinstalling the axles. It’s very helpful to know the exact model number of your pedals as some have a slightly different assembly, but in general they’re all quite similar in assembly.

2) There are two basic types of Shimano pedals..SPD (2-bolt cleat, generally found on walkable type shoes with the cleat recessed into the tread, typically used for MTBs and CX/Gravel, and sometimes for road) or SPD-SL (3 bolt cleats, always hang below the sole of the shoe, which is usually smooth with some sort of minimal rubberized pad on the heel of the shoe, typically used on road bikes, with some folks using for gravel when they don't expect to have to dismount and walk since walking in shoes set up with them is not ideal).

3) Comparing XT and XTR…in a given pedal the XT level pedal will generally have the same function as the XTR, but will be heavier because XTR will make use of lighter weight axles usually Ti) and the pedal bodies may be slightly different shape and made of lighter materials, but for the price difference, the weight savings will be minimal…with absolutely no additional functional advantage (better bearings, for instance).
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In no order…

1) Most Shimano pedals can be “rebuilt,” by simply taking the axles out, cleaning everything really well, then lubing with bearing grease, and reinstalling the axles. It’s very helpful to know the exact model number of your pedals as some have a slightly different assembly, but in general they’re all quite similar in assembly.

2) There are two basic types of Shimano pedals..SPD (2-bolt cleat, generally found on walkable type shoes with the cleat recessed into the tread, typically used for MTBs and CX/Gravel, and sometimes for road) or SPD-SL (3 bolt cleats, always hang below the sole of the shoe, which is usually smooth with some sort of minimal rubberized pad on the heel of the shoe, typically used on road bikes, with some folks using for gravel when they don't expect to have to dismount and walk since walking in shoes set up with them is not ideal).

3) Comparing XT and XTR…in a given pedal the XT level pedal will generally have the same function as the XTR, but will be heavier because XTR will make use of lighter weight axles usually Ti) and the pedal bodies may be slightly different shape and made of lighter materials, but for the price difference, the weight savings will be minimal…with absolutely no additional functional advantage (better bearings, for instance).
THANKS. went with the gravel XT!
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