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Transition from Shimano to Look pedals?

Old 02-25-19, 02:47 PM
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Transition from Shimano to Look pedals?

I've been riding Shimano SPD-SL pedals since I began riding with cleats 10 years ago, and they've become second nature. I have them on two different bikes at the moment, but as my bike collection fluctuates, at times it's more like 3 or 4 bikes.

But I'm thinking about getting a power meter and weighing the different options. For various reasons, it looks like meters for pedals or the rear hub are best. But the pedal meters are all based on Look cleats. Look cleats don't look that different from SPD-SLs, but I'm curious as to whether the transition will be noticeable.

So, has anybody switched between? What was your experience?
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Originally Posted by MinnMan View Post
I've been riding Shimano SPD-SL pedals since I began riding with cleats 10 years ago, and they've become second nature. I have them on two different bikes at the moment, but as my bike collection fluctuates, at times it's more like 3 or 4 bikes.

But I'm thinking about getting a power meter and weighing the different options. For various reasons, it looks like meters for pedals or the rear hub are best. But the pedal meters are all based on Look cleats. Look cleats don't look that different from SPD-SLs, but I'm curious as to whether the transition will be noticeable.

So, has anybody switched between? What was your experience?
Incompatible with each other but so close in function that you can't tell the difference when switching between them.
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yeah, thanks. But I have Dura Ace and 105 pedals, and the conversion kit works only for Ultegra. So I could in theory just switch over to Ultegra if I really wanted to keep the SPD-SLs.
Either way, there always seems to be a catch. I looked at various crank arm systems, but none of them are compatible with my FSA cranks.....
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
Incompatible with each other but so close in function that you can't tell the difference when switching between them.
I disagree. I used Look Deltas and Keos, and switched to SPD-sl pedals 10 months ago. Shimano pedals are much easier to get engaged.

Neither are tough, but Shimano is more consistent.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post

I disagree. I used Look Deltas and Keos, and switched to SPD-sl pedals 10 months ago. Shimano pedals are much easier to get engaged.

Neither are tough, but Shimano is more consistent.
Exactly my impression as well.
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Started on Shimano for 5 years then switched to Look with the new bike, I struggled with the first set of cleats. Both in and out. Got new shoes for Christmas so I started with fresh cleats and a 1000% improvement. Super easy to get clipped in. If I would've had these for the first set after the transition I never would have felt like there was a transition. They are a little different but you're already comfortable with the techniques to get in and out. Once you've trained yourself on that, the style of pedal doesn't matter. I do like the Look and the larger platform better. I'm glad I switched.
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Can't tell much difference. I use spd's on my mountain bikes and Looks on my road and going back and forth is second nature.
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Shimano paid a fee to Look to produce a pedal using their design..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Shimano paid a fee to Look to produce a pedal using their design..
Shimano paid a fee to use a design that is similar to Look pedals, but they are not a Look designed pedal.
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I just changed the opposite direction, from Look to SPD-SL. It has been a slight adjustment as I find it a little bit more difficult to engage the Shimano but with time I am not noticing the difference much and assume after a few more rides won't notice it at all. The learning/muscle memory curve is likely more due to the 15 years away from riding.
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I was worried about the same thing when I switched from Shimano to Look when I purchased my Assioma power meter pedals. I hardly noticed the difference on the first ride and it became a total non issue by the second.
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Originally Posted by BluFalconActual View Post
I was worried about the same thing when I switched from Shimano to Look when I purchased my Assioma power meter pedals. I hardly noticed the difference on the first ride and it became a total non issue by the second.
I made the change from Look to Shimano, and found that Shimano pedals were better balanced(the toe engagement point is always up), so they were slightly easier to engage.

Neither pedal was difficult to engage, and you use the same motion with either pedal.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I made the change from Look to Shimano, and found that Shimano pedals were better balanced(the toe engagement point is always up), so they were slightly easier to engage.
You just needed better pedals. I've had pedals from both vendors and the low end of each had tighter bearings that didn't allow the pedals to sit toe up. The high end of each allows the pedals to sit toe up.

Anyhoo I think we're splitting hairs at this point. OP has what he needs.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
You just needed better pedals. I've had pedals from both vendors and the low end of each had tighter bearings that didn't allow the pedals to sit toe up. The high end of each allows the pedals to sit toe up.
My last look pedals were Keo Blade Carbon with Titanium spindles, so quality level wasn't the issue. Shimano pedals are better balanced, so the pedals always point upward. The grip portion of Shimano cleats also lasts far longer than the ones on Look cleats.

Either way, both pedals are very good. The only reason I switched pedals was because my bike was stolen, and no one had the Look pedals available at a good price. The ability to adjust spring tension is also nice. With high end Look pedals, that requires a leaf spring swap.
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You'll probably have a bit of a learning curve, but once the muscle memory sets in, it should be second nature.

I go from Look clipless on my road bikes to slotted cleats and toeclips on my fixed gear bikes, and rubber tread platform pedals on my city bike and don't have to think about it.
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