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Pros/Cons of various styles of clipless pedals

Old 04-27-07, 12:03 PM
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Pros/Cons of various styles of clipless pedals

Right now I have SPD pedals and have run into various instances where it was very difficult to get them to release due to the screws holding the cleats coming loose. Now I've noticed one side of one of my pedals has cracked off completely and is only being held on by a single screw. So it's time for some new pedals and I'd like to know some opinions on which styles are better.
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Old 04-27-07, 12:05 PM
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look keo.
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Old 04-27-07, 12:10 PM
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define your "better"
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Blue loctite on the screws usually helps keep things in place for the most part. I always check my cleats before every ride, because even with loctite in place I've had screws loosen and fall out if I go several rides without a 1/4 turn here or there (speedplay zeros).

I still love my zeros though.
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Old 04-27-07, 12:33 PM
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I like eggbeaters (std and candy style). I've never tried road pedals.
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Old 04-27-07, 12:37 PM
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I will second the eggbeaters.
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I went with the Look Keo, though the screws on your cleats will work loose with them too. I check mine before each ride and usually have to actually tighten them every few rides.
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Old 04-27-07, 12:39 PM
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I learned on eggbeaters and would highly recommend them to beginners because you can clip in on 4 sides, this time around though, I wanted a more "road" pedal so I got a pair of Look Keo Sprints, I like them better because of the larger platform, but I miss the ability to clip in from any side (this might not be an issue for the more foot coordinated of the group).
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Originally Posted by dk21
I went with the Look Keo, though the screws on your cleats will work loose with them too. I check mine before each ride and usually have to actually tighten them every few rides.
I had that problem with the old style LOOKs and was hoping that that wouldn't happen with the Keos. So far it hasn't, but i've only had them for about a week now. Either way I like the bolts that come with the Keos better since they can be tightened with an allen key.
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Old 04-27-07, 12:46 PM
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I'm running Egg Beaters (on the fixie) and Speedplay X5's (on the road bike), having switched after years of experience w/Look and Shimano (Ultegra) pedals. Speedplays are by far the easiest to engage and release, and have great free float, low stack height, low weight and good cornering clearance. The Egg Beaters are earning their keep by letting me wear street-walkable shoes - but they're sure not Speedplays, if you know what I mean.
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Old 04-27-07, 12:52 PM
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I rode KEOs most of last year and this year but just switched to the new Shimano Ultegra 6620 pedals. They are (for me) better than the KEOs. The wider platform makes a noticeable difference and the rubber pads on the cleats (should) help with premature cleat wearage like the KEOs suffer from.

The KEOs are easier to clip out of tho with the tension at the lowest point on both pedals.
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Old 04-27-07, 01:10 PM
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I've gone Crank Brothers after two sets of Shimano SPD pedals gave me bearing problems after a short period of service. The Quattro is their road model and has worked for me very well. I would never go back to ****mano.
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Campy pedals are great!
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Eggbeaters or Quattros, though Speedplays are nice.
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If the SPD style setup is working for you (apart from durability), I would go with crank brothers. (Eggbeaters, candy, quattro.) I love mine.
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Originally Posted by R900
Campy pedals are great!

Campy pedals on my bike could cause a spontaneous explosion of some sort.
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Old 04-27-07, 03:03 PM
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I have eggbeaters with a MTB shoe. Wonderful pedals.
However, above 70F and after 1 hr I suffer from severe hot spotting. My new bike will have a road shoe (sidi genisis) with a keo sprint. My hopes are that this combo solves my issue.
I am very tired of feeling like I have my feet dangling over a campfire while riding.
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Old 04-27-07, 03:49 PM
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i started out with SPDs and i hated them. they worked, and were a decent way to get started, but i learned to hate them since they were really hard to clip into. from there i went to crank bros candies and those were ok. i saw a sale at performance and speedplay zeros were going for a decent price so i picked those up. i will never go back.
i used to run and had knee problems and i thought i might on the bike, but the free float really eases that worry.
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Old 04-27-07, 04:04 PM
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i went from look to time rxs. and so far it's been a good switch. the platform feels better and way easier to clip out.
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SpeedPlay Frogs are the best pedals I have used. I click in immediatly almost every time. Even when you don't, you can still pedal through an intersection. I have also been using them for three years and am still on the original cleats and have never had an unintensional unclip. I ride about 100 miles a week. The SpeedPlays are much easier to get in and out of than Eggbeaters or SPDs.


Eggbeaters hurt my knees because of the centering tension . Most people don't have that problem though. The Eggbeaters can also roll under your foot if the cleat dosen't catch and your foot can shoot off the front of the padal. The ones with a platform probably don't have that issue.

I have always used MTB pedals. I can't count the times that I have gotten bunched up from single sided pedal guys missing a click-in. Whatever you use, go double sided.
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Can you use Speedplay pedals with MTB shoes?
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Speedplay Zeroes are recommended over Eggbeaters if you don't need a mountain biking shoe.

Speedplays, you just stomp down and you'll clip in.

With the egg beaters, you have to aim a little bit more, and depending on position of the pedal.. a lot of tiimes you have angle down your foot to catch one of the egg beater things. It's easier to miss on egg beaters.

I went from CB Candy's --> Speedplay Zeroes. Best upgrade ever
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Originally Posted by idcruiserman
Can you use Speedplay pedals with MTB shoes?
The Speedplay Frogs are MTB pedals, so yes! I had a pair, but donated it to a friend who is saving up for his first road bike. They worked quite well (I switched to Speedplay Zeroes).
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