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More durable SPD-SL compatable cleats

Old 05-19-12, 03:26 PM
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More durable SPD-SL compatable cleats

I've used the search but didn't find anything useful.

I am burning through cleats at an alarming rate! Two sets in about 1000 miles! I don't walk in my road shoes and I'm only wearing out the left cleat. The original right cleat still looks great (3 left cleats to 1 right). I try to come to a complete stop before putting my foot down, but for some reason the yellow pad on the front of the cleat keeps getting torn off.

Does anyone know of a more durable SPD-SL compatible cleat, or suggestions to help increase their life? Perhaps another pedal system with tougher cleats?

I am using 105 pedals right now. Weigh 180, my normal weekday ride is a 32 mile out and back with a longer ride on weekends. Usually 120-150 miles per week.
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Old 05-19-12, 03:44 PM
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You're doing something wrong. Are you pushing off when you start after a stop? Also, you don't have to replace them in pairs. Replace the left and leave the right on until it is worn
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Old 05-19-12, 03:54 PM
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Pushing off? Not generally. I have only replaced the left cleat. I currently have my third new cleat on the left, still using the original on the right. The only problem I'm having is tearing off the yellow pad on the front and the last time it happened (yesterday) the pad showed little wear. It just separated from the black.

I've kept the old cleats as they are still useable without the yellow pad.
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Old 05-19-12, 04:39 PM
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Just keep on using the cleat without the yellow pad, they still work great for me. I got ~3000 miles from my last set of cleat.
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Old 05-19-12, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Chickenstrip View Post
Pushing off? Not generally. I have only replaced the left cleat. I currently have my third new cleat on the left, still using the original on the right. The only problem I'm having is tearing off the yellow pad on the front and the last time it happened (yesterday) the pad showed little wear. It just separated from the black.

I've kept the old cleats as they are still useable without the yellow pad.
Do you have any issues with your left knee alignment?
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Old 05-19-12, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Chickenstrip View Post
I try to come to a complete stop before putting my foot down, but for some reason the yellow pad on the front of the cleat keeps getting torn off.
Stop completely, heel down first.
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Old 05-19-12, 05:42 PM
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Ive had mine since i started cycling and i got 1900 miles on it.

The front of the cleat got shredded already and i just cut off the pieces that are sticking out. It works again.
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Old 05-19-12, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by fstshrk View Post
Do you have any issues with your left knee alignment?

No alignment issues and I try to make sure I put my heal down first. I usually unclip left and was wondering if this could be caused by clipping in and out so much more.
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Old 05-19-12, 06:24 PM
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I don't throw out the cleat when i wear off the yellow pads. Just thoroughly inspect your cleat every now and again for wear on the functional part, the notches at the front and back that keep you clicked into the pedal.
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Old 05-19-12, 06:29 PM
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Have someone follow you and watch what you do. You're doing something wrong because people usually get 2,000-3,000 miles from those cleats unless they walk a whole lot.

Clipping in and out shouldn't really do much unless you have them set max firm and maybe you pull unevenly. But what you friend watch for that too.
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Old 05-19-12, 06:34 PM
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You shouldn't be wearing these out one side only. Are you dragging along prior to stopping? I had mines for a good 6 years and their still in good condition. Somehow their be dragged or they wouldn't be wearing out.
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Old 05-19-12, 06:57 PM
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OP, you are doing something wrong. I get 6k or more miles out of a set of cleats.
Walk or stand on the heel and the two tabs on the back of the cleat, not the toe.
When you clip in, put the nose of the cleat in to the pedal first. Don't just stand on the pedal and mash it in.
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Old 05-19-12, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by speedemon View Post
You shouldn't be wearing these out one side only. Are you dragging along prior to stopping? I had mines for a good 6 years and their still in good condition. Somehow their be dragged or they wouldn't be wearing out.
Sure you will, if you routinely put the same foot down first.

But yeah, even then the OP is wearing them out too fast.

FWIW, I've been getting about 10,000 miles or so on mine - a bit over a year or so.
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Old 05-19-12, 07:16 PM
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I was able to get 10,000 miles out mine too.
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Got exactly the same problem. I have bought my bike 6 weeks ago and probably done 400 miles so far. I have got SPD-SL cleats from decathlon. The plastic started to wear off immediately and progressively day by day until now when the front hooking part is really thin and I think needs to be changed. I try to walk as less as possible and when I put my foot down, I am almost completely stopped.
Even for me I have consumed the left cleats much more than the right one, since it is the one I am unlocking.
I used to have SPD-SM cleats which are metal made and never got an issue with them. I am considering to come back to use them or maybe any better SPD-SL cleats? any suggestion?
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Old 09-17-13, 06:59 PM
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I am new to clipless and had the same issue with the yellow tabs breaking off. Probably from walking or putting the cleat down when not stopped. But the first one fell off within a week. I quickly came to the conclusion that if they fall off that easily I'll just live without them. As best I can see, the only function of the pads is to prevent wear on the more critical parts, when walking. I have a couple thousand miles on my cleats sans yellow pads, and function is still fine. I inspect for wear to the critical surfaces from time to time. Yes, Shimano says replace the cleat when the yellow pad wears away - but i f the darn things fall off in the first 100 miles or so, I'm not going to rely on that to tell me when to replace them.

Just my $0.02.
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Old 09-18-13, 04:14 AM
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
Have someone follow you and watch what you do. You're doing something wrong because people usually get 2,000-3,000 miles from those cleats unless they walk a whole lot.

Clipping in and out shouldn't really do much unless you have them set max firm and maybe you pull unevenly. But what you friend watch for that too.
can't offer help but this seems like the best course of action. Have your "follower" also pay attention to the difference from your right to left to see if there is anything noticeable that you differently with that side.

Good luck'
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