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Old 04-29-21, 09:17 AM
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Tuning SPD pedals with platforms

I have some Shimano PD-ES600 SPD pedals on my road bike, they have flats on the sides for support (they call them "touring" pedals). Mounting my shoe on the bike I can see there is about a mm gap from my shoe sole to the pedal flat. So, I must be rocking a bit in them (I don't notice any rocking when riding I must admit). I was thinking of either shimming the flat areas on the pedals a touch or grinding a bit of metal off the shoe side of the cleats so I have no gap there. Good idea? Any particular method used?

I have been strongly resisting the SPD-SL since I do a bit of gravel riding and lots of commuting, and don't want to be swapping pedals. It seems like if I could get rid of this bit of rocking I would have SPDs which are getting very close to SPD-SL.
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Old 04-29-21, 09:20 AM
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If the shoe soles were touching the platform you would probably find it very difficult to unclip from the pedal. You need that 1 mm gap
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
If the shoe soles were touching the platform you would probably find it very difficult to unclip from the pedal. You need that 1 mm gap
Google pulled up some guy with the same pedals who said his gap was just big enough to get a sheet of paper in, and he was happy with that. So from that one report it seems like 1mm is overkill?
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Have you tried measuring the gap with your weight on the pedal?
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
Have you tried measuring the gap with your weight on the pedal?
Good question. I just tried and a piece of paper can't be pulled out with even a small weight on the pedal. That explains why I wasn't feeling any rocking

There would be some slight play on the upstroke is all I guess.. not a problem??
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I have that play on the upstroke with my speedplays. Not a problem for me. Prob the best clipless setup I've had as of late.
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Old 04-30-21, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by scottfsmith View Post
I have some Shimano PD-ES600 SPD pedals on my road bike, they have flats on the sides for support (they call them "touring" pedals). Mounting my shoe on the bike I can see there is about a mm gap from my shoe sole to the pedal flat. So, I must be rocking a bit in them (I don't notice any rocking when riding I must admit). I was thinking of either shimming the flat areas on the pedals a touch or grinding a bit of metal off the shoe side of the cleats so I have no gap there. Good idea? Any particular method used?

I have been strongly resisting the SPD-SL since I do a bit of gravel riding and lots of commuting, and don't want to be swapping pedals. It seems like if I could get rid of this bit of rocking I would have SPDs which are getting very close to SPD-SL.
I have the same pedals. The gap gets compressed when your weight is upon the pedals. I find them harder to get out of than my XTR trail pedals. Don't put a shim in them.
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I also have the ES600 pedals and have never had an issue with the pedal. The only adjustments I have made are for the cleat tension.
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