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What pedals are best suited for a sprinter?(8 posts)

What pedals are best suited for a sprinter?niteschaos
May 27, 2003 6:12 PM
Crits are my favorite (and most common) race and I need to replace my wellgo SPDs (got them at purchase for a song). I am 6'2" and 180 pounds and ride about 150 miles a week. I am planning to Cat-up at the end of the year to 4. I want a pedal that really locks me to the bike and the SPD's I've got just don't give me that feeling. I was thinking about X2's or the new Ultegra version of the new Lance pedal (I think shimano called them SPD-SLs).
Timecyclequip
May 28, 2003 5:26 AM
The cam design of the Time cleat prevents unlocking via a hard rearward/downward push (as is possible with Look pedals/cleats) so you remain locked in under massive loads. Nothing beats the security of the Time interface, and you can still find Criterium pedals with outside cutaways which permit greater lean angles.
Time- maybe FWIWboneman
May 28, 2003 8:01 AM
I've used Time Equipes for over 11 seasons and I have pulled out of them more than once versus never pulling out of Look and Shimano-Look pedals. This happens not at high pedal speed but when jumping in a big gear.

That being said, I've been using Time's new Impact for over one season and have yet to pull out.

Note that a lot of top pro's who ride the European track circuit, particularly in the non-sprint and kilo events, use the Shimano SPR pedal and without added toe straps which for me, pretty much says that they're pretty direct and secure. I can't comment on Nothstein as I haven't seen him race in Europe the last few years and he pulled out of last year's World's due to travel concerns but the last time I saw him race a few years ago he was using toe clips and track (two buckle) straps.
Marty Nothstein uses/d Speedplay Zero nmDougSloan
May 28, 2003 6:27 AM
Marty Nothstein uses SPECIAL Speedplays.alansutton
May 28, 2003 9:09 AM
Normal people can not buy his pedals.
what's different? nmDougSloan
May 28, 2003 10:41 AM
Speedplay Zero track pedals?Suds
May 28, 2003 12:35 PM
Speedplay makes a special track version of the Zero pedal line. Its only difference is a much higher release tension. These are avaiable to the public per speedplay.com
re: What pedals are best suited for a sprinter?CritLover
May 28, 2003 8:20 PM
I think it's probably a matter of preference since every quality pedal is made to handle these kinds of forces. The main differences have to do with float and pedal platform. Some say that a large pedal platform is the best for a sprinter, but I have also heard this about climbing, time trialing, and everything else.

I have been using X1's for 3 years and have never pulled out of them. They were suggested to me by another sprinter and they had not had any problems either.

I would not recommend Look's unless you are really attentive to cleat wear. I have seen several people clip out in a sprint from a worn down cleat (myself included), but of course this can be remedied if you check them frequently. However, it is not always easy to determine what is on the borderline of being dangerous. This isn;t a problem with Speedplays since the cleat is metal and takes quite a while to wear.