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SPD pedal / cleat compatability(5 posts)

SPD pedal / cleat compatabilityStampertje
Jul 21, 2002 12:11 PM

I just found out that despite the shop guy's insistence, my SPD (SM-SH71) cleats are *not* compatible with the Performance Forte Team pedals. Question: can I use the cleat provided with the Forte pedals with my shimano PD-M323 pedals? The new cleats are somewhat narrower on the front - will this cause to much lateral play?

As far as I see, I have two other options: 1) get a pair of SM-SH51 cleats and see if they work with the forte pedals; 2) return the forte pedals for a pair of shimano's.

I know the bottom line is just trying them out - that's a bit tricky now on account of being 5000 miles away from my M323 pedals. Any ideas?
the Performance pedals use an SPD cleat, while ....IAmtnbikr
Jul 21, 2002 5:19 PM
your SH71's are an SPD-R (road) cleat. The 323's also use the SPD cleat, which the SH51's are normally the best choice, since they have a multi-release. I would use the same ones (SH51's) with your Performance road pedals since they use a MTB style cleat.
oops, I meant the SH55's are multi-release, not the 51's NMIAmtnbikr
Jul 21, 2002 5:21 PM
Jul 22, 2002 2:47 AM
Interresting. I saw on the shimano website that the 323s would accept both the SH5x cleats and the SH71 - I never knew the SPD and SPD-R systems were that closely related.

Anyway, as long as I can use the same pedals I'll just get the SH51 cleats and be done with. Thanks!
SH 71Chen2
Jul 22, 2002 5:33 AM
SH 71 are an SPD cleat, as are SH 70, they were standard with the old D/A SPD pedal, they're on my wife's bike.