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Speedplay X1 problems: Help!!(8 posts)

Speedplay X1 problems: Help!!jarraa
May 10, 2002 6:31 AM
I own a slightly used x1 pedal (got it from my riding buddy). I used to ride with him when he used them and they worked fine. When I installed it on my bike and shoes (new cleats), from day one the left side started making click sounds (I did not feel anything ...just heard the noise) every time I completed a revolution. And it was not consistent. Sometimes the noise would be there ..but if I climbed a hill or went down one (pedalling) it was absent. The right side seems to function well. Took it to the LBS. They BS'ed their way out of it and said use some dry lube. I used dry lube and now the darn left side suddenly disengages when I am pulling real hard on a climb or sprinting (and the noise is still there ....inconsistent but there). Any help would be much appreciated.


p.s.> If it helps, I use John Luck shoes .
re: Speedplay X1 problems: Help!!5ive
May 10, 2002 7:49 AM
It's always very tricky to spot where exactly the noise is coming from, so I hope you're sure it's the pedals and not something else. If it is the pedals, then try the following:

- Check to make sure that the bolts that secure the cleat adapter plate to the bottom of your shoes are tight.
- Check to make sure that the 4 outer bolts that secure the cleat to the adapter plate is not too tight or too loose.
- Try using some dry lube on the contact points where the springs contact the cleat body.
- Did you use Ti-prep before installing the pedals to the crank arm? If not, that could be the source of the noise.
Just to clarifyTrekFurthur
May 10, 2002 8:20 AM
5ive gave some very good tips, but I just wanted to clarify for you Speedplay's directions for tightening the cleats to the adapter plate: snug all four bolts down in a cross-torque pattern until they contact the cleat plate, then tighten in the same manner ONE QUARTER turn. Good Luck and let us know what the fix was (assuming you find the problem hopefully)
Re-lub them,TJeanloz
May 10, 2002 9:03 AM
The innards need to be greased. Get the Speedy Luber, inject them full of grease, and the noise should go away. It's sort of a pain, but it needs to be done rather frequently with the X/1.
re: Speedplay X1 problems: Help!!JimP
May 10, 2002 9:06 AM
In addition to all of the above advise - if you are loosening and re-tightning the mounting screws, I would take them out and put a drop of blue loctite on each screw to keep them from vibrating loose.
re: Speedplay X1 problems: Help!!Balls
May 10, 2002 12:22 PM
I have the same problem, and have for the last year with my x-2s as well. I have repeatedly taken them apart, lubed them, checked cleats, BB, etc. When the bearings wear a little, they rock on the spindle. The needle bearings wear quickly, and buying a new pedal body/bearing kit is so expensive that I will soon be going to SPDrs. The pedals are just too expensive, and in an effort to keep them light, the bearings are too small and light duty. All I can recommend is to keep pumping them through with grease. The inboard seals are so shoddy that it washes out quickly.
Caveat Emptor.
re: Speedplay X1 problems: Help!!johnrg
May 11, 2002 8:34 PM
I have an older pair of X-1's and used them for 3 seasons. This year I was having some issues with the pedal body moving outboard exposing the cartridge bearing. I sent them back to Speedplay who rebuilt them. The X-1's I think are unique compared to the 2's and 3's in regards to user rebuild (more of a pain). Also Speedplay has gone to a small phillips head screw port for lubing instead of that big pain in the ass plug. On rebuild they put used the new style lube port upgrading the pedals to current models. Check the pedal for slop, up down or side to side. They can wear and so my recomendation is first class ship them to speedplay and they are usually fast on returns. Call first though. Make sure it is indeed the pedal and do pump some grease in beforehand just to see if it silences the click.
Update on the problemjarraa
May 17, 2002 9:22 AM
I did what everybody told me to do. Thanks. With only two rides behind me, I have not heard the sound. But disengaging of the cleat from the pedal when the leg is pushing down and straight but tilted a litle to the outside (from the horizontal) has been occouring quite often. Everytime I am of my saddle or am going up a hard climb and am squeexzing the life out of my legs the left shoe just comes off the pedal. Almost flipped off the bike!!! What do I do? Thanks.