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time alloy cleats in new style equipes?(3 posts)

time alloy cleats in new style equipes?tao
Dec 21, 2002 2:58 PM
Was just buying some replacement front cleats for my Time Equipe Pros at the LBS and some new guy said I shouldn't use the alloy cleats in the newer models because they'll wear out the pedals. I wore out the plastic front on my stopping foot down pedal in a few weeks when I bought them a couple years ago and when I made a comment about how quick they wore out the guy sold me some alloy ones. They last about 6-9 months and work great, I keep 'em clean and lubed but they've taken the paint off and half a mm or so off the pedal itself, which I didn't think was a big deal. Now I'm paranoid the front of my pedal is going to break, causing me to disengage at the wrong time. Anyone else do this?

What I don't understand is that the new plastic ones can be used with the older style pedals, suggesting the dimensions are the same. Why then can't the old style cleats be used with the new pedals? Is it purely some scam to get me to buy the more expensive faster wearing ones, or am I going to break my pedal? Help needed...
re: time alloy cleats in new style equipes?fredthebiker
Dec 21, 2002 4:06 PM
Actually, you can use both, too a point.

I will explain.

Around 1992, the front of the pedals changed. As well as the cleats. They went from a metal one to an aluminum one. Reason, cheaper and lighter and they didn't wear the pedals down.

Is the wear bad, no, you will be fine if you are using the alloy cleats. I do, reason, I wear them down in stopping.

Now, is your pedal going to break, no, not at all.

They changed the cleat to help for faster release and for faster engagement.

It isn't a scam. Just use whatever you want.

Don't worry.

Fred
re: time alloy cleats in new style equipes?Fez
Dec 23, 2002 6:05 AM
If you are talking about Equipes, I think they have been the same design for over 10 years. I have used the same aluminum front cleat and brass colored rear cleat for years.

I have heard the more recent ones were plastic, but I also heard they wore out fast (the cleat, not the pedal).

But to answer your question, all the Equipe cleats are compatible with Equipe pedals.