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Shimano vs Crankbros (pedals)

Old 10-03-07, 12:08 AM
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Shimano vs Crankbros (pedals)

What do you prefer?

I've got an opportunity to get some nice shimano pedals at about half price. If I went with shimano pedals it would either be 7810 dura-ace($124) or 6620 ultegra($60)

I also might be able to get some crankbros pedals at a discounted price but not sure yet.

Right now I just have some basic spd pedals on my bike and want to go SL or crankbros, if you went CB which pedal seems to be there best road style (my rides mostly consist of commuting or just going out for exercise 20-30 miles, no racing)

what do you guys recommend? Or maybe you guys like a different brand of pedal?
Thanks !
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For commuting and 20-30miles ride, any of the above would suit. However, I would say that CB's pedal design was the easiest to use in terms of engagement and disengagement. Under emergency stop situations, I have never been trapped with my CB Quattro. It's so smooth. Yet it doesn't pull out on hard acceleration as known to happen with SPDs.
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If you're planning on installing CB's on your road bike and mountain bike with the same shoes then definitely go with the Quattros. Otherwise get the Ultegra 6620's at that killer deal, they are great pedals.
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I use CB Quattro SL pedals and have never had an issue. That includes all trianing rides and races.
I like them because of the float they allow.
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I had quattros for about a year and a half. I now use spd-sl's. I switched because I was developing hot-spots with the crank brothers, but I've found that I get a better power transfer with the spd-sl's as well.

I'd probably go with the ultegra's because the 6620 has the "new" plate on top rather than the plastic one.
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Old 10-03-07, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Trufance View Post

Right now I just have some basic spd pedals on my bike
What's wrong with your 'basic' spd pedals that you want to switch?? They're just fine for starting and stopping and in-town riding... And 700 mile RAGBRAI's..
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Originally Posted by damocles1 View Post
I use CB Quattro SL pedals and have never had an issue. That includes all trianing rides and races.
I like them because of the float they allow.
I was also thinking of getting some CB pedals. I wear MTB shoes, would they work with the quattro pedals or would I need to choose a different type of CB pedals?

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Originally Posted by JMT114 View Post
I was also thinking of getting some CB pedals. I where MTB shoes, would they work with the quattro pedals or would I need to choose a different type of CB pedals?
If you're wearing mountain shoes exclusively, just get a pair of CB Candy pedals. I have both Quattros and Candys. You can wear road shoes with both...
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Old 10-03-07, 07:58 AM
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crank bros including the quatro work with mtn and sport shoes, if you get the spd sl then you have to get new shoes, road shoes. The road style shoes/pedals have no tred on em, and the plastic cleat sticks out so its really hard to walk. With mtn shoes u can walk, but they arn't as stiff, personally i've never felt like my quatros aren't stiff enough, and they are super easy to use,
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Originally Posted by JMT114 View Post
I was also thinking of getting some CB pedals. I wear MTB shoes, would they work with the quattro pedals or would I need to choose a different type of CB pedals?
Yup, they'll work. That's what I use; Quattros on the road bike, Mallets on the commuter, and MTB shoes. I like how I don't have to fiddle with release tension and tiny little parts.

If you're going to stick with MTB shoes, I might suggest getting their "Shoe Shields" (I'd still need to get some myself). The bail on the pedal seems to beat up the soft sole of the shoe under & near the cleats. Quattros also come with 3-hole cleat assemblies for road shoes that look like they'll fit snugly to the entire top of the pedals.

https://www.crankbrothers.com/shoe_shields.php?itemId=
https://www.crankbrothers.com/3hole_cleat.php?itemId=
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Originally Posted by Trufance View Post
Right now I just have some basic spd pedals on my bike and want to go SL or crankbros, if you went CB which pedal seems to be there best road style (my rides mostly consist of commuting or just going out for exercise 20-30 miles, no racing)
Based on your riding, I would go with the CB. I've had eggbeaters for several years and switched them back and forth between my mountain bike and road bike. This summer, I started getting hot spots on the road bike so decided to get real road shoes and pedals.

The first pair I got were Look-style knock offs. I returned those after about three weeks because they bordered on being unsafe due to clip-in/clip-out effort. I instead got CB Quattros and think they are great.

Now, I have no doubt that the Shimano pedals would be much, much better than the inexpensive Look-style pedals I had. And, to be honest, when those pedals were clipped in they felt just a bit more solid than the quattros. However, I've done 60,70, 100 mile rides in the quattros with not a single foot problem.

Why I think the quattros would work better for your described riding, is that they are so easy to clip out of at the last second. Also, if you miss the clip-in when stepping on the pedal the pedal still stays under your foot and you can continue forward across the road with the car coming at you from the right. If I were ever to start doing rides where I was clipped in for 15-30 miles at a time, I'd probably get a good pair of Look or SPD-SL pedals. But for most of my rides I need to come to stops, or at least prepare to, every couple of miles and the feeling of safety from the quattros wins out for me.

As far as quattros and mountain bike shoes, according to the manual that came with my pedals the cleat itself is identical for all of the CB pedals. However, due to a difference in design of the road pedals you may need to carve out a small bit of the tread on a mountain bike shoe so that it does not sit directly on top of the bearing housing.
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The Ultegra pedals are getting pretty rave reviews so i don't doubt the fact that they are pretty much awesome.

That being said, i've got CB pedals on all 3 bikes (Quattro, Candy, and Eggbeater, road, fixed, and CX/commuter respectively). No hotspots ever but i have stiff road and MTB shoes (which i can use on any bike).
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Originally Posted by sogood View Post
...CB's pedal design was the easiest to use in terms of engagement and disengagement. Under emergency stop situations, I have never been trapped with my CB Quattro....
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Ultegras are great pedals and that's a screamin' deal. BUT.... if you primarily ride to commute, you may prefer to use mtb shoes (I know I do) and that rules out the Ultegras.
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Originally Posted by sogood View Post
I would say that CB's pedal design was the easiest to use in terms of engagement and disengagement. Under emergency stop situations, I have never been trapped with my CB Quattro. It's so smooth. Yet it doesn't pull out on hard acceleration as known to happen with SPDs.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Ultegras are great pedals and that's a screamin' deal. BUT.... if you primarily ride to commute, you may prefer to use mtb shoes (I know I do) and that rules out the Ultegras.
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I use both for various reasons, as stated above.
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what about for racing? should i stick with my spd's or go to crank bro's? (sometimes i have a hard time getting in, and ive practiced forever too...)
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OMFG People! The Shimanos are better, i'm sorry (and don't give me "it's all subjective personal preference nonsense"!). The Quattro's are fine, they work well, blah blah, but they aren't as nice as the Shimano. You feel more "connected" in the Shimano pedals, and the float feels better. I've put a year in to my quattro's, and am going back to Shimano.
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why do shimano's pull out when accelerating?
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Originally Posted by mista_chewey View Post
why do shimano's pull out when accelerating?
I've never had an spd-sl pull out. I've also never popped out of a crank brothers. I had a number of pop-outs with look style pedals, which is why I originally went with the crank brothers.

After spending 18 months on crank brothers, and 4 months on the SPD-SL's, here's my opinion: IMHO, the SPD-SL is easier to clip in. The SPD-SL cleat has nice rubber feet so you don't go sliding on wet flooring if you're at a stop (I slipped and busted my ass a few times at convenience stores that had just mopped the floor back when I used my quattros). The SPD-SL doesn't give hot spots. The SPD-SL gives better power transfer (seriously). The SPD-SL has a nice audible click when engaged. The SPD-SL were a hair easier to get out of than the Crank Brothers because of the 6 degree float as opposed to the 15/20 in the CB.

But, buy what makes you happy. I still have crank brothers pedals on my mountain bike, but I'll stick with SPD-SL's on all road bikes.
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thanks for the responses! you guys are great i think im gunna go with the ultegras
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one more question! i just noticed that the 6620's and 7810's are "wide-platform"

what kind of difference does that make in the pedal feel? if any?
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