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Speedplay shoes -- i.e., 4 hole specific

Old 08-21-15, 03:51 PM
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Speedplay shoes -- i.e., 4 hole specific

Wow -- Pretty pricey, no? And, showy too because most of them seem to be mostly white!

--e.g., Lake CX402: $529,95 on sale: $317.97



Something seems to be wrong with my fingers as I'm having trouble adding to cart. I read up on it and dang it! I like this system. I've got the money. But, I apparently... I'm either mostly too cheap or suffering from wallet-interruptess.
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Unfortunately 4-hole specific shoes are just about as rare as an honest politician....and as expensive as a normal politician.
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and forget about finding them in a size 49.
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I had a previous iteration of those and they're nice. I found them on sale for closer to $200.

They fit me well, which of course will vary. Heat moldable is nice.

Speedplays with no adapter end up winning the weight weenies war, which is key.

The low stack height makes for a very connected feel.

And the combination of the lean angle of Speedplays, and the low stack height, you'll rub the side of your shoe on the ground before the pedal hits.

I would definitely pay extra for 4 hole shoes.
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I like the Lake shoes because they're real leather. Kangaroo leather, even. I almost bought the CX331's on sale, and now that I waited they're out of my size.

Lake CX331 Speedplay Shoe - Men's | Competitive Cyclist
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Nashbar has this one for $299. Not bad if you catch them on their 20% off days.

https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...72_-1___204932
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
I had a previous iteration of those and they're nice. I found them on sale for closer to $200.

They fit me well, which of course will vary. Heat moldable is nice.

Speedplays with no adapter end up winning the weight weenies war, which is key.

The low stack height makes for a very connected feel.

And the combination of the lean angle of Speedplays, and the low stack height, you'll rub the side of your shoe on the ground before the pedal hits.

I would definitely pay extra for 4 hole shoes.
Definitely all to the good plus, they seem to allow greater adjustability toward the midsole (at least those from Sidi) than previously and compared to other systems and that is something I'd use.

As clear as these manufacturers want to make things I'm still uncertain -- after reading up on it on the Speedplay website -- as to whether I need to purchase a metal plate from the factory to protect the carbon soles of the 4-hole cycling shoes. Seems odd tho- i.e., you buy the pedals and the Speedplay-specific cycling shoes and you still need to call Speedplay for a part? I must be missing something.

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$500 for a pair of shoes? Am I missing something?
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I recently bought a DMT Hydra from PBK, they were on sale for $88.

They have a carbon sole and indeed needed a cover plate, but my LBS had available for $10. so still sub $100.

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I also like DMT. See DMT | Competitive Cyclist I paid $250 for the Libra that's on sale now. If they have your size you may want to check this out. I've found CC's customer service to be good. If they don't fit you can return them, but check that out. DMT is a bit narrow but they are not as narrow as SIDI.
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Good tip on DMT with Speedplay sole. Unfortunately, finding it in my size is like catching lightening in a bottle.

Now that I've searched the web I'm sure Amazon knows by now I'm a buyer and will send me emails about Speedplay-specific cycling shoe sales for the next 6 months...

Here's a great marketing idea: how about $500 for the 4-hole shoes and they throw in the $10 protective metal plate for free. Wheeee....

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Originally Posted by McBTC View Post
Good tip on DMT with Speedplay sole. Unfortunately, finding it in my size is like catching lightening in a bottle.

Now that I've searched the web I'm sure Amazon knows by now I'm a buyer and will send me emails about Speedplay-specific cycling shoe sales for the next 6 months...

Here's a great marketing idea: how about $500 for the 4-hole shoes and they throw in the $10 protective metal plate for free. Wheeee....
what size do you wear? do you like the Gaerne? I posted above?
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Here's a great marketing idea: how about $500 for the 4-hole shoes and they throw in the $10 protective metal plate for free. Wheeee....
I still prefer $88 for the shoe and pay $10 for the protector. By the way, you absolutely need the protector because it comes with the screws, which are in a different length from the originals.
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You can get the Gaerne shoes for less from overseas- I ordered a pair of them (3-hole, but they have speedplay) for $248 shipped from all4cycling.com. Should be here this week (ordered last week).
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Definitely all to the good plus, they seem to allow greater adjustability toward the midsole (at least those from Sidi) than previously and compared to other systems and that is something I'd use.

As clear as these manufacturers want to make things I'm still uncertain -- after reading up on it on the Speedplay website -- as to whether I need to purchase a metal plate from the factory to protect the carbon soles of the 4-hole cycling shoes. Seems odd tho- i.e., you buy the pedals and the Speedplay-specific cycling shoes and you still need to call Speedplay for a part? I must be missing something.
Not sure the stainless steel plate is really necessary, but it's cheap,thin, weighs almost nothing, so good insurance on a expensive shoe.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Not sure the stainless steel plate is really necessary, but it's cheap,thin, weighs almost nothing, so good insurance on a expensive shoe.
My last shoes were SIDI and no complaints but since I have time to think about it, now I'm interested in what Northwave is offering. Unfortunately, they're sold out in the new 4-bolt; and, with that, their shoes definitely do require a plate and you get it from Northwave not Speedplay... for $15 extra. Still, the Northwave shoes seem to me more reasonably priced and could be worth waiting for...
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My last shoes were SIDI and no complaints but since I have time to think about it, now I'm interested in what Northwave is offering. Unfortunately, they're sold out in the new 4-bolt; and, with that, their shoes definitely do require a plate and you get it from Northwave not Speedplay... for $15 extra. Still, the Northwave shoes seem to me more reasonably priced and could be worth waiting for...
These are now on sale for $225. Use code 22384

Gaerne Carbon G. Chrono Speedplay Road Shoes
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I just bought some sidi wire push carbon speedplay specific shoes. They were outrageously expensive, but I tend to hang onto my shoes for a very long time, so the difference over a five to seven year period seemed inconsequential.
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I just bought some sidi wire push carbon speedplay specific shoes. They were outrageously expensive, but I tend to hang onto my shoes for a very long time, so the difference over a five to seven year period seemed inconsequential.
I am looking at those too -- the latest and newer than Ergo -- and, also thinking they're a bit pricey. They come in white or white or white. They're not leather which isn't fatal but that does leave Lake still in the running for me as an expensive shoe and still not as expensive as SIDI.

Which Speedplay pedals are you looking at --e.g., X, Ultra, Zero, chrome-moly, stainless, Ti, red, blue, white, red, celeste... etc.?
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I am looking at those too -- the latest and newer than Ergo -- and, also thinking they're a bit pricey.
I looked at the Ergo too. Getting rid of the adaptors (i.e., the extra stack) was a good thing.

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They come in white or white or white.
The guy at the LBS told me that they come in 'any' color so long as that color is white.

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Which Speedplay pedals are you looking at --e.g., X, Ultra, Zero, chrome-moly, stainless, Ti, red, blue, white, red, celeste... etc.?
I'm currently running the X series on all my bikes, with X-1 on my main road bike. I may switch to zeros at some point.
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I looked at the Ergo too. Getting rid of the adaptors (i.e., the extra stack) was a good thing.


The guy at the LBS told me that they come in 'any' color so long as that color is white.


I'm currently running the X series on all my bikes, with X-1 on my main road bike. I may switch to zeros at some point.
I've got X series on several bikes. At this point though, they're pretty much a legacy system. On a clean sheet of paper, I don't see any reason to not get Zeros, over X's. But like you I'd be looking at replacing a number of pedals.
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I'm leaning toward Speedplay's,
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I just switched to speed play after trying spd and look style systems that bothered my knees after about an hour.

I am having a difficult time finding speed play shoes with four bolts. When I try amazon or google all I get back is 3 bolt shoes. If you have links to the the four bolt shoes or the exact model name that is four bolt shoe I would appreciate it.
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I just switched to speed play after trying spd and look style systems that bothered my knees after about an hour.

I am having a difficult time finding speed play shoes with four bolts. When I try amazon or google all I get back is 3 bolt shoes. If you have links to the the four bolt shoes or the exact model name that is four bolt shoe I would appreciate it.
One website's results, filtered for 4-hole Speedplay. Looks like just Gaerne and Northwave. I'd go with Northwave and the adaptor system they use for Speedplay if stack height was really that important to me. Adapter linked below too.

https://www.bike24.com/road-bike-sho...1&scale_type=1

https://www.merlincycles.com/en-us/n...kit-64322.html

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I just bought some sidi wire push carbon speedplay specific shoes. They were outrageously expensive, but I tend to hang onto my shoes for a very long time, so the difference over a five to seven year period seemed inconsequential.
My previous pair of Sidis lasted over 10 yrs of hard use. They were still going strong except for the plastic buckles. I'm also on the Wires now so no more plastic buckles. I understand they are not for wide feet.
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