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Ritchey road pedals vs SPD, Look(6 posts)

Ritchey road pedals vs SPD, Lookscg
Sep 7, 2001 10:25 AM
I am planning to upgrade annd currently use SPD pedals. Does anyone have any experience with the Ritchey road pedals. They are significantly lighter than others but are not, I understand compatible with true SPD/SPD-R pedals/cleats. Also any thoughts - pro or con re the Ritchey pedals versus the SPD-R and Look pedals.
re: Ritchey road pedals vs SPD, LookRM
Sep 7, 2001 12:10 PM
I have the Ritchey pedals and in general like them except,
they are difficult to engage quicky because the platform is so small. If you don't get it the first time and you are rolling it can be a struggle. Not good at times when getting into the pedals is important.

Other than that the weight is right and the price is right.
P.S. Have about 3,000 miles on mine with no problems.
pros and cons to any pedalsjw25
Sep 7, 2001 12:41 PM
I've used the Ritcheys, a set of SPD-R clones (Wellgo WAM-R4), and am now using a set of older Ultegra, Look-style peds.
As for the Ritcheys, these are the pros and cons I've found.
Excellent cornering clearance
Good cleat retention in sprints
Can use Shimano cleats, though clip-in is harder, and release easier.

Hard to clip in - the bearings aren't that smooth, and the pedal isn't heavy enough to rotate itself, so the pedals spin with the cranks. Basically, you'll need to look down to get clipped in, unless you're very gifted or lucky.
Small cleat, which led to hot-spots for me.
Very difficult to rebuild. The retention nut is 8mm, but the pedal body is too small to accept a standard socket, meaning you either don't rebuild them, ever, or you machine down a socket, or hope your LBS can help.

AS you may notice, I didn't like them, particularly, but others here have had good experience with them, so hopefully this will help.
re: Ritchey road pedals vs SPD, LookChen2
Sep 7, 2001 5:48 PM
I honestly didn't like anything about the Ritcheys, difficult to engage and no float. I pulled them off after about 200 miles and went back to SPD's, much better. Since then I've switched to Speedplay X-1's and love them. I've never tried Looks, but know they are well respected.

re: Ritchey road pedals vs SPD, LookCT1
Sep 8, 2001 7:16 PM
I actually like em.... even though my first pair was defective. After a rather protracted go-around with Ritchey, they finally sent me a replacement pair. :)

I've got about 3K miles on them and disassembled them to re-grease the bearings. This was a major pain as I had to machine down the socket as the previous poster had mentioned.

Overall, the pluses outweigh the minuses. Oh, I don't have any problem engaging the pedals.

re: Looksbianchi boy
Sep 10, 2001 6:04 AM
I recently switched from SPDs to Looks. I initially considered Ritcheys but changed my mind after reading reviews in the now-defunct RBR review section. I am very impressed with the Look pedals after using them about a month or 500 miles. Although not the lightest pedal around, the cleats are very light, so they are probably comparable in weight with any system when you consider both. You can get a lot of good deals on Look pedals right now, either through eBay or or They have a large platform, which eliminated the problem with hotspots I was having with SPDs. Mine are very quiet and don't squeak a bit, another problem I had w/ SPDs. The only caution I would have with Looks is that their platform is higher, so I found that I had to raise my saddle about 1 cm, which creates a little trouble getting your position dialed in again after installing.