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Jan 24, 2002 1:20 PM
I know what catalogs say about them, but which is the best road pedal for someone who needs extra float? but wants a very race oriented pedal? thanks dave
Jan 24, 2002 1:45 PM
I've had a lot of miles on both. I prefered the Times for their solid feel, but ultimately have been won over to Speedplay because the float is totally free (which some people find disturbing). Time pedals have a sort of spring loaded float that gently tries to tug your shoe back to a neutral position, and after a while I decided I (k)needed more float. But they are excellent race pedals--a very solid platform (I found the Speedplay road pedals to be slightly less solid feeling). I don't race anymore (except for the occaissional hill climb or mtb race) and now use Speedplay Frogs on all my bikes. They are both great pedals--pretty subjective. Hope this helps.
I'd agree with that...TJeanloz
Jan 25, 2002 8:32 AM
I have both pedals and switch between them. The Speedplay's infinite float, dual entry, high cornering clearance and lightweight all appeal to me. But the Time's are just solid pedals. They feel faster. I can't explain why (and nobody I've asked so far can either) but the solid platform just makes it seem like you can push the pedals harder.

I've known a lot of people over the years who have forsaken Time pedals because they are so heavy, only to go back to them and fall in love with their pedals all over again.
weird, isn't it?gtx
Jan 25, 2002 10:28 AM
I was using very stiff Carnacs with both pedals. Still, the Times just felt more solid.

It's hard to compare directly, because obviously I am using different shoes (Carnac mtb vs. Carnac raod shoes) but I like the feel of the Frogs a bit more than the Speedplay road pedals.
It's unexplainable,TJeanloz
Jan 25, 2002 11:01 AM
There is no reason that the Time pedals should feel different than Speedplay or any other- but they do just feel faster.
Some comments on the Time pedals...Cima Coppi
Jan 25, 2002 6:44 AM
I have owned a pair of Time's since they were originally introduced, and except for the poor design of the spring cover (now redesigned to be much more durable) the pedals have performed flawlessly. I like the float they have, although adjustable float would be nice. The bearings are solid, and oh soooo smooth. Most importantly for me is the size of the platform. I feel very comfortable with my big feet having the large platform under foot.

That being said, I know a few riders who have Speedplay's, and they have nothing but praise for the pedals.

It would be a tough decision, but two considerations could make that decision easier to make. 1. Time pedals are heavy, much more so than the Speedplays. 2. Are you comforatable with the small profile of the Speedplays.

Good luck.

Jan 25, 2002 9:59 AM
You will never regret it. A little hefty, but that solid connection is worth a few grams. I've been running the same pair of pedals for 9 years and they are still smooth as silk. When these finally blow up, i'll buy another set for sure.
Feb 4, 2002 12:00 PM
You may have already made a decision but.....
Speedplay for criteriums, Time for road races.
Even with the "criterium" Time pedals I would make contact while pedalling through corners. I have only touched a shoe with the speedplays. Also, my "bad" knee has almost completely resolved itself. As for the contact....who knows, but I have been riding sixteen years, racing for fifteen and I can't tell you how to determine how "fast" a pedal feels.