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SPD - SPD-R - SPD-SL Question Please Help(4 posts)

SPD - SPD-R - SPD-SL Question Please Helpjkantor1312
Aug 3, 2003 4:57 PM
I switched from many many years of SPD to SPD-R this year. I have yet to get comfortable clipping in and out of them for some reason. I am thinking about going back to the 6500's. Is it just me?

Additionally, are the SPD-SL pedals "better" than SPD-R? I am really struggling with this. Any help will be appreciated.

thanks and peace,
re: SPD - SPD-R - SPD-SL Question Please Helptorquecal
Aug 3, 2003 5:29 PM
I've never used SPD-Rs but I used to use SPDs and I just made the switch to SPD-SLs. IMO the SPD-SLs are far superior to the SPDs. The clip in is easy and super positive, it's practically impossible to think you're clipped in when you're not. The clip out is at least as easy as getting out of SPDs and probably a little easier. In all actuality SPD-SLs don't compare very directly to SPDs or SPD-Rs because the SPD-SLs are very "Look" like.
Same hereAtombomber
Aug 3, 2003 7:56 PM
I too went from SPD to SPD-SL. I wanted a larger platform pedal to stop lateral roll, which resulted in hot-foot. Also, I had the release tension cranked up to full so I wouldn't pull out during sprints and accelerations up hill, which led to a difficult release. Both problems are solved with the new pedals. The only drawback is that I'm comfortable engaging SPD pedals (my mtbs and spare roadbike all still have SPD pedals) so making sure the toe of the cleat is engaged before clicking in is a conscious effort until I get more used to the system.
I switched from Look to SPD-SL and...t-bill
Aug 4, 2003 8:35 AM
I like them a lot. They feel really positive. I have never had any clip in or out problems, nor any hot spots. I also like the lugs on the cleats - they make walking a much more confidence inspiring experience.