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Pedals: Cornering Clearance

Old 06-27-10, 03:27 PM
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Pedals: Cornering Clearance

Which road pedals are second to Speedplay in cornering clearance?

I race a lot of crits and cornering clearance is essential; however, having done the Speedplay thing in the past, I realized they're not for me.
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I'm not sure what is first or second by the numbers, but unless you're going with some sort of janky homemade pedal, pretty much any clipless pedal you've heard of should be fine. There are people out there racing and winning crits using all sorts of different makes and models, so if you're not doing something extremely bizarre in your cornering I would say look at the other attributes of the pedals before ground clearance.
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Look Keo. Bam. Done.
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First would be Aerolites. If on the track, Gipiemme (toe clip and strap) half axle pedals.

Look at "impact material". If you hit metal when you dig, it's a lot less forgiving than plastic.

I have various Keo pedals and they seem pretty good. I had a minor touch today (Carbons). I run 175s so have less clearance than if I ran, say, 170s. I've also ridden the different low-end ones (Sprint, Classic, and one more).

Aerolites impact plastic. So do Keos.

I used SPD-Rs (not the Look type pedals) and although I've hit them, when they hit it's metal. Not as nice.

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Question: Does it matter? Wouldn't that be affected by the shoe? Shoes mostly stick out the same width.
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Originally Posted by mzeffex View Post
Question: Does it matter? Wouldn't that be affected by the shoe? Shoes mostly stick out the same width.


That's kinda what I was thinking, I like Speedplays but since those are out of the question I would look at the Look Keos or similar models. They are pretty slim.
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I was looking on Speedplay's website. It's mostly about length and height of the pedal. Slimmer pedals will give better clearance.

However I thought this was really interesting.

http://www.speedplay.com/index.cfm?f...slipperypedals

They're claiming their pedals will make you 33s faster per hour... which is the same increase in speed as switching to a deep profile wheel from a standard wheel.
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What happened to form? Raise your inside foot when cornering.
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I think they're talking about pedaling out of a corner or through a corner. Having better pedal clearance will let you be able to jump quicker out of a corner.
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There's not a great deal of difference between clipless models. How long are your crank arms?
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Just curious, what's the problem with speedplay.
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Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
Look at "impact material". If you hit metal when you dig, it's a lot less forgiving than plastic.
Good point. In that case, either Time or Look would probably be best.

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Just curious, what's the problem with speedplay.
1) pulled out of them on the track. 2) release angle is directly correlated to how much float you run; no float means a very short release angle, which is problematic in a sprint since the release tension is also pretty low. I shift my feet slightly any time I get out of the saddle vs. being in the saddle. 3) running more float meant I'd feel my feet wiggling around while sprinting, which was annoying and distracting. 4) when the cleat wore out, it killed my knees. Definitely a pedal you want to stay on top of as far as replacing worn cleats/pedals, because they start to "rock" when they're worn out and do strange things to your legs over the course of long rides.

Other than that, I loved Speedplays for climbing and fast rides. Something about the low stack height, low weight and smooth bearings made them feel heavenly while spinning high cadences in a paceline.

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There's not a great deal of difference between clipless models. How long are your crank arms?
170's.

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I think they're talking about pedaling out of a corner or through a corner. Having better pedal clearance will let you be able to jump quicker out of a corner.
Indeed. But there's corners in crits where the whole field pedals through anyway depending on speed, and not pedaling means opening a gap between the wheel in front of you.

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What happened to form? Raise your inside foot when cornering.
Indeed, I know this. I'm not trying to pedal through 33mph sharp corners.
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Old 06-29-10, 11:33 AM
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Ended up getting some Time RXS's. Looks like they have slightly more clearance than Keo's and slightly less than Speedplays.
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Yep - I've been riding Time RXS pedals for about a year now - I'm delighted with them.
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Isn't the iClic the latest Time road pedal? I thought the RSX's might have been discontinued.
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
Isn't the iClic the latest Time road pedal? I thought the RSX's might have been discontinued.
Indeed, iClic's are the latest Time offering but RXS's haven't been phased out.

As far as I can tell from riding the two, the RXS's are a better pedal in nearly every regard except that they're harder to clip into. But iClic's have a problem in their engagement about 10% of the time to where it only halfway engages the cleat, and you have to unclip and then re-enter. Not exactly something you want to do at a crit starting line...
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Originally Posted by andre nickatina View Post
Indeed, iClic's are the latest Time offering but RXS's haven't been phased out.

As far as I can tell from riding the two, the RXS's are a better pedal in nearly every regard except that they're harder to clip into. But iClic's have a problem in their engagement about 10% of the time to where it only halfway engages the cleat, and you have to unclip and then re-enter. Not exactly something you want to do at a crit starting line...
LOL, well I don't know much about the iClic's other than that they're the latest popular pedal that people are using, so I don't know about that. If it's true, yeah, you "probably" wouldn't want to do that.
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Originally Posted by andre nickatina View Post
Which road pedals are second to Speedplay in cornering clearance?

I just put my Wellgo RC715 Clipless pedals up to my speedplays. They are 1mm wider, just as low. So, damn close.
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