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Is there a difference between Speedplay X-2's and X-3's?(9 posts)

Is there a difference between Speedplay X-2's and X-3's?speedisgood
Mar 22, 2002 8:01 AM
Someone on another post mentioned that the X-2's have better "bushings." Do the X-2's have better seals, materials (other than spindle material), etc?

I always thought that the only difference was the spindle material (also, they technically don't have bushings--2 sets of cartridge bearings outboard and pressed-in needle bearings inboard.)

Does anyone know for sure?
re: Is there a difference between Speedplay X-2's and X-3's?DrD
Mar 22, 2002 8:51 AM
The X3 uses a single bearing and a bushing, while the X1 and X2 use two cartridge bearings and a needle bearing. Check out the speedplay website - they have comparison charts, exploded views, etc.
re: Is there a difference between Speedplay X-2's and X-3's?weiwentg
Mar 22, 2002 10:03 AM
further, the X3 cannot be rebuilt, but the X1/2s can, and they last longer.
X-2 better across the board than X3 (nm)Kerry
Mar 22, 2002 3:27 PM
re: Is there a difference between Speedplay X-2's and X-3's?speedisgood
Mar 22, 2002 4:45 PM
Thanks, I wish I axed this question before buyin' some X-3's. Damn. I guess I'll stick 'em on the TT bike.
re: Is there a difference between Speedplay X-2's and X-3's?weiwentg
Mar 22, 2002 7:16 PM
naw, just run them till they break down (or till the upgrade bug hits) and then get X1s. they're all very well-made pedals, afaik.
re: Is there a difference between Speedplay X-2's and X-3's?JimP
Mar 24, 2002 2:19 PM
I have been riding a pair of X-1s on the road bike for two years and bought a pair of X-3s for the bike on the wind-trainer. All 3 X series pedals have different lengths so it may be difficult to use the same shoes without moving the cleats. Someone suggested moving the cleats when I posted a note about this several months ago. I guess he never moved a pair of cleats and then moved them back to where they were the next day.
re: Is there a difference between Speedplay X-2's and X-3's?speedisgood
Mar 25, 2002 10:00 AM
For the record, X-3's are 76mm from crank face to edge of pedal and X-2's are 73mm.

Also, note that when overhauling X-2's, the two outboard bearings have different inside diameters. The one with the bigger ID goes in the pedal first!
The release angle, I believe, is different.nigel
Mar 24, 2002 11:09 AM
If I remember correctly, it's easier to disengage with the X/3s, meaning that less ankle twist is required. This can, possibly, mean more unwanted unclippings is one's pedal stroke isn't as correct/straight as it should be.

Since these pedals are aimed more at beginning riders (no offense--I'm sure they're great peds), I'm certain that the twist angle isn't THAT easy to hit without intentionally doing it. Just makes it a bit easier for those "panic" situations for those newer to the experience of clipless pedals.

I have the X/2s and love 'em, for what it's worth.

Cheers,
Nige