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Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL feedback?(8 posts)

Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL feedback?Smiker
Oct 27, 2003 9:28 PM
I'm looking to upgrade my Time Challenge Pro's, and have been thinking about the Time Impacts, but don't like the rate of cleat wear. Has anyone been using the new Ultegra SPD-SL's? Got any feedback on them? I'm a bit over the heavy entry/release on the Challenge pro's, but I do like their long cleat life (using the metal front cleat anyway). Any thoughts will be appreciated.

pic 1 re: Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL feedback?charlieboy
Oct 28, 2003 3:37 AM
These cleats were bought the end of February 2003.I probably ride average 4 times a week, so judge the wear for yourself.

The pedals themselves are great and the ability to walk without falling on your bum is a bonus. Clip in and out is quick, easy and definite.

You will see that it is or can be difficult to get the cleats mounted far enough back ( and these are on spd sl specific shimano shoes SH R 097, but I love them too).
Mine look much furrier- nmfiltersweep
Oct 28, 2003 4:44 PM
run over one too many cats? nmcharlieboy
Oct 29, 2003 7:44 AM
pic 2 re: Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL feedback? nmcharlieboy
Oct 28, 2003 3:38 AM
pic 3 re: Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL feedback? nmcharlieboy
Oct 28, 2003 3:40 AM
re: Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL feedback?FORT-Cyclist
Oct 28, 2003 11:21 AM
I use the DA spd-sl pedals.
ca. 5000 km on them.
no cleat change necessary so far.
the pedal bodies look somewhat shabby now.
they work best with shimano shoes because of the very short screws for the cleats.
the screws enclosed with other shoes are long enough but the screw heads are sometimes too big, they are not on level with the cleat surface.
re: Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL feedback?almccm
Oct 28, 2003 11:29 AM
I also have the Ultegra SPD-SL pedals and I think they are great. I have them set at the lowest tension and they are very easy to get in and out of but they still hold securely and I have not accidentally pulled out of them.

Looking at the pictures of the cleats that charlieboy posted and comparing them to the drawing Shimano shows of work cleats in their brochure you can see that charlieboy's cleats are still in great shape and have a fairly long life left.

I did have one problem with the cleats. I attached them to Specialized shoes and the right cleat wouldn't click in all the way. I had to loosen the screws about 1/4 turn on the right shoe to get them to click in properly. Unfortunately, the screws worked themselves loose and I lost two of them. I used a little bit of blue loctite to secure the replacement screws and thing have been fine since.