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Old 06-03-20, 03:01 AM
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Shimano SPD-SL new vs old

i have only ever used the older style shimano peds with the metal body , pd6620 and im trying to replace 1 set i have because its getting play in the left one , im wondering what new ped is the equivalent , i get the old style peds well under 40 bucks and log thousands of miles on them , the new peds cost like over a 100 and they are all carbon , i like carbon but not on my peds , i thought about getting some look peds again but then i would need to buy new shoes or run two cleats on one shoe and thats just silly , any ideas on which one i should look for , even 105 costs 90 something puke bucks !
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I have Campy groupsets on two bikes but new 105 pedals on both bikes and they are fantastic pedals. Nice wide platform, great cleat and no hot spots.

I paid $115 from BikeTires Direct which was about 30% off list. The model below 105 is a bit cheaper and has great reviews.

Highly recommend.

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I put the entry level shimano SPD-SL pedals on my first road bike. As I recall they were 50-60 bucks. When I got a new bike about 6 months ago, I got Ultegra pedals for it. Not much difference to tell you the truth. Slightly lighter, but look and work the same.
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FWIW, Giant now sells spd-sl cleats in two piece so you can remove half and install the new half and keep your bolt positioning.
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Originally Posted by Toespeas View Post
i have only ever used the older style shimano peds with the metal body , pd6620 and im trying to replace 1 set i have because its getting play in the left one...
You know that there's a tool for servicing the pedal, right? It's likely that pulling the spindle, flushing with new grease and reinserting and tightening will do the trick. PG


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Originally Posted by Ogsarg View Post
I put the entry level shimano SPD-SL pedals on my first road bike. As I recall they were 50-60 bucks. When I got a new bike about 6 months ago, I got Ultegra pedals for it. Not much difference to tell you the truth. Slightly lighter, but look and work the same.
Really?

I found going from a metal body to Ultegra to be a huge difference. Not the weight, but the super-wide platforms. Makes clipping-in much more precise.
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
FWIW, Giant now sells spd-sl cleats in two piece so you can remove half and install the new half and keep your bolt positioning.
I found these Look-compatible cleats. I donít think anyone but Shimano makes SPD-SL due to patent restrictions.
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Really?

I found going from a metal body to Ultegra to be a huge difference. Not the weight, but the super-wide platforms. Makes clipping-in much more precise.
My earlier ones were not a metal body. Some kind of composite I think. Platform size looks identical to the ultegra. I think they were the RS500 or RS550 pedals.
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Originally Posted by Ogsarg View Post
My earlier ones were not a metal body. Some kind of composite I think. Platform size looks identical to the ultegra. I think they were the RS500 or RS550 pedals.
Gotcha. That makes sense.

I couldn't believe how much better the new "wide-body" pedals felt after I had installed them on my road bike. Shimano did a really good job with that particular update.
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Originally Posted by shaun3000 View Post
I found these Look-compatible cleats. I donít think anyone but Shimano makes SPD-SL due to patent restrictions.
So, I got curious after your reply. I couldn't find the packaging for them, but turned my shoes over and sure enough...............it's a full exact SPD-SL shape with the wider yellow grippers on the sides. I held them side by side to actual Shimano SPD-SL's on a separate set of shoes I have............identical except the 2-piece design.

I'll have to see if I can find the packaging or a marking on the clear for part #.

It's literally a copy of an SPD-SL with two puzzle pieces.

Maybe the LBS selling Giant stuff found some weird knockoff Chinese stuff and was selling it as Giant? Dunno.
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Originally Posted by shaun3000 View Post
I found these Look-compatible cleats. I donít think anyone but Shimano makes SPD-SL due to patent restrictions.
Found it! VP components "perfect placement" in spd-sl.

https://www.merlincycles.com/en-us/v...ats&ucpo=59321
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
You know that there's a tool for servicing the pedal, right? It's likely that pulling the spindle, flushing with new grease and reinserting and tightening will do the trick. PG



i cant describe the play , its weird its more feel than a wiggle , the left feels looser than the right when i pull up , idk !
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what new shimano pedal compares to the pd6620 ???
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do you race on them , my old one did everything commute /train /race!
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Originally Posted by Mulberry20 View Post
I have Campy groupsets on two bikes but new 105 pedals on both bikes and they are fantastic pedals. Nice wide platform, great cleat and no hot spots.

I paid $115 from BikeTires Direct which was about 30% off list. The model below 105 is a bit cheaper and has great reviews.

Highly recommend.
yeah but they are carbon and way over priced , i dont want carbon pedals , unless someone else is buying lol !
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