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Speedplay X vs. Look Keo Carbon and Time RXS

Old 06-13-06, 08:18 PM
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Speedplay X vs. Look Keo Carbon and Time RXS

So I've finally gotten a good pair of shoes that seem to cut back on my foot numbness--a pair of Sidi Genius 5 Megas in a 46. One of the things that I've started noticing as I've been riding harder is that the Speedplay cleat area feels small, and when I'm sprinting or pedaling hard this is magnified.

I'm looking to try out a pair of larger-cleat pedals, and I'm eyeing the Look Keo Carbon and the Time RXS carbon. Both seem like pretty nice pedals, but I was wondering if anyone has experienced hot spots/numbness with Speedplays and had luck switching to either of these. Thanks!

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I hope for some good responses, I currently use speedplay and have been considering moving to the Keo's.

What size shoe do you usually where? Curious cause I tried on a couple of pairs of the Sidi Genius's but 45.5 was the biggest and it was too small....
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I had a pair of 45.5 Genius 3's and switched to the Genius 5 in a 46 Mega. Really helped with a lot of the pain/numbness.

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I have never used speedplays but i have look keo carbon, with red cleats, I love them. they are easy in and out, and unlike regular look cleats, very quiet, only caution is pay attention to the wear indicators- I have not but others have reported accidental unclipping or breaking of the cleat when worn. also come with grey cleats, with less float, and black cleats, with no float, for those of you who don't love your knees.
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I haven't ridden the KEOs...yet. I know that I always found Look Delta cleats to be the most comfortable. I am still riding my Speedplay X2's with SIDI Genius 5 Mega in a 45.5 and I'm becoming less satisfied with them as time goes on.

I used to ride a lot of TIME pedals, but I have found that the latest versions of the Impact and RSX are uncomfortable for me. Their float is spring centered so...yes you can float, but there is always a spring pushing your shoe back to the center of the cleat position - horribly annoying and really flamed up my knees. The front of the cleat pivots instead of the back of the cleat like LOOK pedal type systems.

If you're leaving Speedplays I'd try the KEOs. I think LOOK actually thought about their enhancements this time instead of just re-painting the same basic pedal.
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I'm using the RXS's and just switched to the RXE's on my trainer bike. Haven't had any problems with numbness or hot spots. It's true that they are spring centered, but that hasn't been an issue for me.
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I have used the Look Keo's for about a year with the black cleats. I must be one of those odd fellows in that no-float feels best to me... and my knees. Other than some comparatively high wear, I have found the pedals to be great. I use mine with a pair of Specialized S-Works BG shoes having changed over from Sidi as well - the toe box was too tight for my liking and I did not have ready access to Mega's for comparison. There are a good number of difference Keo models so be sure to check out the price/weight ratio that you think works best for you, if you do end up going that route.

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Well, after getting these replies, I decided to give the Keo Carbons a shot. Thanks to another thread I looked at probikekit.com and found them for $116!!! Taking 2 chances with this one, I suppose...

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Originally Posted by DrPete
Taking 2 chances with this one, I suppose...

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Not really. I have two sets of Keos from PBK--they're solid as are the pedals.
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Good to hear. Their prices are fantastic, so if this goes well I'm becoming a regular at PBK!

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