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First pedal set advice.

Old 07-31-09, 02:04 PM
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First pedal set advice.

So I got my first pair of road shoes, and im looking for appropriate clipless pedals(entry level).
Here are my options(cost is a factor).


Time Axion Pedals $39
• Aluminium body
• Mud accumulation-resistant retention mechanism
• FASTEP for easy entry
• Accidental release practically impossible
• 6mm lateral play with 5° of float
• Cleat has two positions for release: 15° or 20°
Weight: 430g


Wellgo W-41 SPD Compatible Pedals $51
• Cr-Mo body and axle
• Adjustable retention mechanism
• 6° of lateral float
• 98A cleats included (SPD compatible)
Weight: 262g


Shimano's M520s $70
are affordable clipless pedals that are easy to enter and exit and built to last. They boast dual-sided Shimano SPD bindings, The bindings are adjustable for dialing in the perfect entry and exit tension and these sweet pedals have an open mud-shedding design to prevent clogging. They feature chromoly axles and sealed bearings for durability, too.
Weight (pair) 380 grams

The time are the cheapest, look robust, and have different release positions.
The Wellgo, are also competitively priced, but look a little flimsier, but are also the lightest.
The shimano have the advantage of being double sided, but are the most pricey.
Im really looking for something that has the most option for a beginer, and above all is going to last!

Thoughts?
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These pedals are more MTB pedals than road. Look into a set of Shimano PD-R540 on eBay and a more inexpensive Shimano shoe, a SH-131S if you can still snag one, or the SH-R086L.

Disclaimer: I have the PD-R540 and the SH-131S and paid $150 total...great value in my opinion.

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likes the SH-R131 too...they're discontinued so you may have to hunt for your size and a deal.

EDIT: Sorry, didn't see you had already gotten the shoes, did you get SPD only shoes?

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Originally Posted by khatfull View Post
These pedals are more MTB pedals than road. Look into a set of Shimano PD-R540 on eBay and a more inexpensive Shimano shoe, a SH-131S if you can still snag one, or the SH-R086L.

Disclaimer: I have the PD-R540 and the SH-131S and paid $150 total...great value in my opinion.

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likes the SH-R131 too...they're discontinued so you may have to hunt for your size and a deal.
I already have the shoes, a pair of "Time RXTs",


Curious about these all being mtb shoes.... One of my LBS recommended the shimanos for my road bike The time and Wellgo would be online purchases.
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Originally Posted by Davinci.. View Post
So I got my first pair of road shoes,
What shoes did you get?

If you got road shoes, do yourself a favor and get some real road pedals (Look Keo Classics or Shimano 105s or something like that).

If you got some mountain bike shoes and need something with a recessed cleat, then the choices above are all okay.
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Anyone else have any ideas about the pedals listed above? Would any of them be terrible? Are any of them better then the others? I cant seem to fine the shimano PD-R540 at any of my LBS at an acceptible price range.
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I really prefer a double sided pedal for ease of entry. You can't go wrong with the Shimano 520's IMHO, pretty much bullet proof.
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Check out Speedplay light actions.
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Originally Posted by Innes View Post
Check out Speedplay light actions.
OP stated that cost was a factor. Those pedals are almost twice as expensive as the most expensive pedal he listed.
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Shimano spd-sl r540's great price and good entry level road pedal. I'm not sure if your shoes are compatible, if they are they are a good deal.
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Originally Posted by Davinci.. View Post
I already have the shoes, a pair of "Time RXTs",

Curious about these all being mtb shoes.... One of my LBS recommended the shimanos for my road bike The time and Wellgo would be online purchases.
It looks like there's no tread to protect the small metal SPD-type cleats, so I'd really recommend an SPD-SL, Look, or something similar. Try finding the 540 version that jesspal mentioned, even if you have to go online for it.
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I have used both double sided entry shimano mtn. pedals and shimano road pedals. For me the entry on the road pedals is no more difficult than the double sided ones, and the M540's are a good entry lvl pedal.
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I bought my M520 pedals off e-bay for $38.95 with free shipping
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