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Look or Speedplay? Advice(16 posts)

Look or Speedplay? Advicetrout_bum
Sep 10, 2002 9:56 AM
So I can't decide which pedal system to go with-looking for some advice before I lay out the cash.
I'm getting SIDI Dynamics because they fit my feet and my budget. I am leaning towards the Speedplay X2/X3 pedals or the new Look A31/A51 pedals when they come out.
I live in NYC so I want something easy to clip in and out of at lights-which is why I like double sided speedplays.
However I am concerned with the tiny pedal size over long distances ie. 50-100 Mile rides. I've ridden (and raced) on Looks 7-8 yrs ago and I remember they were hard to clip into because they were single sided. Also cleats were dicey to walk in (I lived in a 6 floor walk up back then!) Are speedplay cleats any easier to walk in-I realize I don't plan on hiking in them but sometimes you have to walk a bit on a bike shoe.
Any advice? Thanks.
re: SpeedplayChen2
Sep 10, 2002 11:07 AM
I like Speedplays, mine are X1. If you decide on Speedplay go with the X1's or X2's, the X3's have a durablility issue. Speedplays are really great in traffic because you can click in or out very quickly. Cleat covers are available for walking, but I would not want to walk far at all. For walking I think they are similar to Looks. The pedal size is not an issue, the cleats are relatively large and the pressure is distributed evenly over a large area. With good stiff soled shoes, the platform size is not much of an issue with any road pedals. If you need to walk more than a few yards you won't like Speedplays any more than Looks.
re: SpeedplayCipher
Sep 10, 2002 1:26 PM
I pretty much second what chen2 had to say about Speedplays, except for the durability issue. I have a pair of X2's and X3's, and have not had a problem regarding durability with either pair. (I believe they each use the same cartridge bearings, but have different spindles, Titanium for the X3, and Stainless for the X2's.
re: SpeedplayCipher
Sep 10, 2002 1:36 PM
I'll have to correct myself! I own a pair of the X1's (Ti spindle) and a pair of the X2's, (Stainless) Can't comment on the X3's...
I'll second the Speedplay recommendation....gogene
Sep 10, 2002 1:28 PM
...I use X-3s (no durability issues) for both my bikes and like the longer rides. Typically I try to do 50-75 miles one day each weekend and a century every 6~7 weeks. My Sidi shoe Speedplay combo is very comfortable over these distances. Easy, no-look clip in and easy intuitive clip-out.
re: Look or Speedplay? Advicejefajones
Sep 10, 2002 4:28 PM
I had X2's in the past, they were great. I left them on the bike when I sold it. Then, I bought some X3's for a new bike. I've lost the bearing in both pedals in a year now. The first pedal went after about 500 miles. I've always greased them from the start. So, I know the X2's use different bearing than the X3's, and I'll continue to use speedplays in the future, just not the X3's.

That said, I really love the entry, exit and float.
Sep 11, 2002 5:14 AM
I've ridden both and Campy Pro Fits as well. I'd say Speedplays will serve you better in the city: the no-look click-in will be very convenient.

As to pedal size and distance riding: I ride several centuries a year using the Speedplays and they have always been comfortable. In fact, in the past I developed calluses on the balls of my feet from the Looks and Campys that I had to treat with callus remover chemicals. Since I switched to Speedplays, the calluses have never reappeared.

I'm very happy with the Speedplays.
yeah, but you need to remember your shoes!(nm)merckx56
Sep 11, 2002 5:51 AM
ooh, you're such a meany :-) --- nmMcAndrus
Sep 11, 2002 11:56 AM
By the wayMcAndrus
Sep 11, 2002 11:58 AM
I ended up doing a 30 miler on the TCR. Nice ride and almost exactly what I expected. I wouldn't say it's better than the CFR (the yellow one) but it's different and more suited to its purpose, like crit racing.

I think I like it.
By the waymerckx56
Sep 12, 2002 5:13 AM
good, i'm glad you at least got to ride it! you missed tuesday! it was really hard! see you thursday night!
re: Look or Speedplay? Adviceoutofthesaddle
Sep 11, 2002 8:38 AM
Speedplay - I use my Zeros on rides of up to 200 miles. No issues. I am having a new bike built up and am going with Speedplay again.
Ditto on the Zeros, excellent pedals.divve
Sep 11, 2002 10:01 AM

Thanks. X/2 is the winner!trout_bum
Sep 11, 2002 10:36 AM
Thanks for everyones advice. One more question-in general with Speedplay X pedals will I need to run my saddle ht. lower than usual? Currently I'm using the .883 x cycling inseam formula and that seems in the ballpark-so far-with Shimano MTB shoes/spd 535s on a 25-40MI ride.
Thanks. X/2 is the winner!ripSRV
Sep 12, 2002 9:19 AM
I will sell you my spare X-2's and cletes. Excellent shape.
re: Look or Speedplay? AdviceOddity
Sep 13, 2002 7:35 AM
I had a pair of Speedplay X2s. They worked fine, but I just couldn't get used to all that float. The Zeros have adjustable float, so consider those if you don't want massive amounts of float but still like the pedal design.