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ARGH! What pedals do I want?

Old 10-30-08, 12:06 AM
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ARGH! What pedals do I want?

I've pretty much decided that I'm going to ask the wife for some road pedals/shoes for X-mas. Right now I'm still using my mountain shoes and SPD mountain pedals from my poor-college-student period (currently in the "sugar-momma" period). I've looked at most of the major players and decided which of their line of pedals I would pick, but I can't decide between the different brands! Prices are from PBK, weights from weightweenies listings:

Shimano: Ultegra SPD-SL - 390g w/ cleats, $63

Look: Keo Carbon CroMo - 300g w/ cleats, $120

Speedplay: Zero Stainless - 325g w/ cleats, $150

So the Shimanos are cheapest, but heaviest. Look is lightest, but recent threads here on BF express unhappiness with the new rubber-tipped cleat. And Speedplay has the adjustable float thing going on, though I'm not sure if I really need it, or would utilize it.

I kind of have this idea in my head that the speedplay pedal would feel "smaller" under my foot than the wider platform of the Shimano or Look, but then again, I ride SPD mtb pedals right now and don't have a specific complaint about platform size.

I'm so confused; I'm wondering if it really even matters which I pick. Maybe I should just get out the dice to make my decision for me...

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Clif notes: What pedal should I pick of the 3 listed above?
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If it was just a pedal I'd say Look Keo.

Since you're buying shoes too I'll say get the SPD SL and spend the extra on Sidis
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the combined platform surface area for speedplay isn't small at all. it only is if you like riding on them in regular shoes.
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The SpeedPlays will not feel smaller under your feet. Their cleats are huge and the pedal body is just part of the equation. With most manufactures the cleat goes inside the pedal, but with SpeedPlay the cleat surrounds the pedal.


Edit: Adding to AEO.
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get bebop, its cheaper and lighter then the above and you can use your mtb shoe with it.
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Originally Posted by weavers
get bebop, its cheaper and lighter then the above and you can use your mtb shoe with it.
i still haven't had a chance to buy the bebop sl's on hold for me at the LBS. bah!
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yeah, bebops are nice to get. around $90 for the cromo, work with SPD and have plenty of unrestricted float.
They're fairly light, but have less surface area than speedplay.
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I vote Speedplay. Best pedals (road) I have ever ridden with.
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I didn't know the carbon Keos were that cheap (I forget what I bought mine for.)
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Originally Posted by weavers
get bebop, its cheaper and lighter then the above and you can use your mtb shoe with it.
I have no desire to keep using my mtb shoe on the road. I'm ready for something lighter and stiffer, so this isn't really a selling point for me.

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yeah, bebops are nice to get. around $90 for the cromo, work with SPD and have plenty of unrestricted float.
They're fairly light, but have less surface area than speedplay.
WRT float, the thing about the Speedplays is that I can restrict the float if I want to.

Honestly, I've taken enough time to narrow it down to these three common and popular pedals, I'm not really looking for another option. I appreciate the comments though.

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The Ultegras are great...I ride them on all of my road bikes. That price looks like PBK and there really is no other place to buy them, their price is lower than US dealer cost.
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+1 for Speedplay. The ease of entering make them worthwhile. Trust me, when you're re-engaging at a light the dual-sided Speedplays are a big advantage.
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just make sure you grease the speedplays with lithium or marine grease every once in a while.
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I really wish that there was some way I could try out the pedals to see which one I like. As Grasschopper mentioned, PBK's prices are ridiculously cheap, so that's where I'm probably going to get them. I'm not going to be the d!ck that goes to my LBS and wastes their time trying things out with the intention of buy them elsewhere.

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If you are running a shimano group I would go Ultegra or DA. If you are running Campagnolo than Look. Sram ?? You are on your own... They are all great pedals..
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Originally Posted by sac02
I really wish that there was some way I could try out the pedals to see which one I like. As Grasschopper mentioned, PBK's prices are ridiculously cheap, so that's where I'm probably going to get them. I'm not going to be the d!ck that goes to my LBS and wastes their time trying things out with the intention of buy them elsewhere.

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Wouldn't it be cheaper in the long run to just go to the shop, have them actually help you, and then buy them there? Look, buying stuff online for cheap is great if you know what you want, but going to a local shop is best for this kind of situation. And if you never support them, they won't be around when you really need them.
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Dura Ace is in the same price range as the other two and the same weight.
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Originally Posted by umd
Wouldn't it be cheaper in the long run to just go to the shop, have them actually help you, and then buy them there? Look, buying stuff online for cheap is great if you know what you want, but going to a local shop is best for this kind of situation. And if you never support them, they won't be around when you really need them.
What is the difference between a shops opinion and people on here? Unless they have demo pedals (which most shops don't) What is the benefit of going to a shop? Best thing I ever bought that was cycling related was a Park tool set. I'm never going to a LBS again.
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What is the difference between a shops opinion and people on here? Unless they have demo pedals (which most shops don't) What is the benefit of going to a shop? Best thing I ever bought that was cycling related was a Park tool set. I'm never going to a LBS again.
I have a good shop that would actually let me try those kinds of things. I'm sorry if you had a bad experience with yours.
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Speedplays...couldn't be happier. And you WILL use the float (and like it). I lube mine with a dry teflon spray (doesn't hold dirt).
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Speedplays...couldn't be happier. And you WILL use the float (and like it). I lube mine with a dry teflon spray (doesn't hold dirt).
I prefer to have mine set to no float.
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Originally Posted by umd
Wouldn't it be cheaper in the long run to just go to the shop, have them actually help you, and then buy them there? Look, buying stuff online for cheap is great if you know what you want, but going to a local shop is best for this kind of situation. And if you never support them, they won't be around when you really need them.
While I try to support my LBS as much as possible - for instance I doubt I will ever buy a bike on-line -I can't overlook the price factor in this instance. A quick google search shows that the next cheapest place online to buy Ultegra spd-sl pedals is $123 - basically 200% what PBK is charging - with no tax or shipping, either. I will continue to support the LBS when their prices are even in the same ballpark as online retailers, but in this case, they're not even close. As another poster mentioned, if they had a pedal demo program it may be a different story as well, but they don't.

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Shimano: Ultegra SPD-SL - 390g w/ cleats, $63

or if you want lighter then the Dura-Ace version.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
The Ultegras are great...I ride them on all of my road bikes. That price looks like PBK and there really is no other place to buy them, their price is lower than US dealer cost.
Yeah, I second the ultegras. The pedals are great, and the cleats wear much better than look cleats. That's something to think about.
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