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Time for some new pedals

Old 10-26-08, 06:35 PM
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Time for some new pedals

I bought a tarmac last week, and am now using it as my main bike. I am currently using a cheap pair of forte pedals (pretty much the generic LOOK design) until I get something better. I am not interested in speedplays, only something with a platform equivalent or about the same as LOOK's. The pedals I am interested in are the LOOK keo carbons and sprints, and the campagnolo record and chorus.

So my main questions are:
1. Out of those for four which one would you recommend?
2. How do the campy's differ from look's?
3. Putting weight aside is there a performance difference from the look carbon's and sprints?

My riding style:
1. Climbing
2. Climbing
3. Some mashing
4. Climbing
5. Some standing while mashing

I weigh 135 pounds.
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Old 10-27-08, 02:59 PM
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Currently use the Keo Carbons and had a set of the Keo Sprints. The "performance" difference (other than weight) is the max tension but I never had a problem accidentally clipping out with the Keo Sprints. The price difference online wasn't a whole lot so I went ahead and got the Carbons. Light and very secure -- nothing to complain about.

Never used Campy pedals or met someone who does.
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Old 10-27-08, 03:01 PM
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Old 10-27-08, 06:08 PM
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Time RXS or XEN. Cleats use LOOK bolt pattern, but metal clasps last longer and give a more solid clip in/out feel. Also better free float. I love these pedals.
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Old 10-27-08, 06:15 PM
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SPD-SL. LOOK pedals have a tendancy to break where the axle meets the body... also nobody uses campy
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Old 10-27-08, 06:17 PM
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Don't go with SPDs for the road; get a true road pedal with a larger platform. I prefer the LOOK Keo.
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Old 10-27-08, 06:21 PM
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Shimano SPD-L's ftw. They are a bit heavier (don't sweat it unless you are some crazed weight weenie) , but they are wider and have better clearance.
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Old 10-27-08, 06:25 PM
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Why not keep your Forte's and save your money for something else? I use these pedals on both my bikes and I think they are fine.
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Old 10-27-08, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Why not keep your Forte's and save your money for something else? I use these pedals on both my bikes and I think they are fine.
I wish I could. But I am having a huge problem with clipping out when they shouldn't be. In my typical 20 mile ride, they clip out 1-2 times when they shouldn't be. This occurs even when I have them set to the maximum tension. This doesn't occur with some of the look's I've used.
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Old 10-28-08, 03:57 PM
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Look Keo Carbon Pedals, currently still the best all round pedal for the money (IMHO). Has good spring tension range, wide platform and is very light.

The sprints are also good, one less sealed bearing and slightly heavier. But they do come in color options of red, gray or white.
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I have heard good things about keo carbons. if your worried about accidentally clipping out, you should probably think about the sprints.
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I just bought some Dura Ace 7810 for 115 shipped from PBK for my new sidi 5.5. On my research I heard nothing but rave reviews and an excellent German cycling magazine gave it the best overall pedal. I believe the overall weight (with cleats) is close to the keo carbons. Gonna take my quattros to my commuter.
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Originally Posted by FLIT Christy View Post
I have heard good things about keo carbons. if your worried about accidentally clipping out, you should probably think about the sprints.
Why do you say that?

Spring tension is higher on the look keo carbons (12-18Nm) vs. Sprints (9-15Nm)
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Originally Posted by Rob P View Post
Why do you say that?

Spring tension is higher on the look keo carbons (12-18Nm) vs. Sprints (9-15Nm)
or get spd-sl's which are already tensioned nice and high on their lowest setting
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Campy pedals are so absurdly overpriced and heavier than the competition that I'm not even sure why they make them.
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Originally Posted by Hocam View Post
Campy pedals are so absurdly overpriced and heavier than the competition that I'm not even sure why they make them.
Because they work beautifully.

Beefy steel springs and hooks along with a very robust body means they aren't going to be wearing out in a few years like the light weight pedals that I use now.

There are dudes who bought the Record pedals in 2001 and are still using them today. The only thing that sucks are the cleats, which wear pretty fast.
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