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CX Pedalslexington476
Apr 21, 2003 5:39 PM
What kind of pedals do people use on their CX bike? SPD?
re: CX Pedalsatpjunkie
Apr 21, 2003 5:58 PM
most use Time ATACs and now Eggbeaters as these 2 designs
(actually one design and one mod,as an eggbeater is essentially a platformless 4 sided ATAC) have superior mud shedding to SPD's. Some are using the 959 Shimanos as these are getting better but Shimanos design and many more parts are still more problematic in the gunk.
re: CX Pedalslaffeaux
Apr 21, 2003 10:00 PM
I use 959s and in general they do pretty well in the mud. Significantly better than any previous Shimano pedal. The only time I've had trouble with them is at the Sea Otter (a couple of weeks ago). I raced in the early and very wet Sunday morning XC MTB race. The early course mud combined with the late course sand turned into a cement like mix that jammed the bottom of my shoes.

Other than that race I've had good luck with the 959s. I've not tried the Times, as I have too many Shimano pedals already, and it's too expensive to switch.
what about dual purpose? shoes?dpb
Apr 22, 2003 4:10 AM
There's always two sides to 'cross equipment issues. There's that of the 'cyclocross' race, and that of the dual purpose equipment, or stuff that can do double-duty on and off road.

What pedal / shoe combinations would work for this? I need new shoes, but I'm running '96 ritchey logic pedals so I don't know if I'll need to replace these too...??

Apr 22, 2003 5:35 AM
I have ATAC's on my MTB and my cross bikes. They just plain work... Their one part on my bike that I never need to think about!

I have two pairs of shoes. One with old worn cleats; the other pair with brand new cleats. It simply doesn't matter. I alway click in. Mud? Dry conditions? No concerns with the Times. I use them for offroad riding, commuting, heck I did a metric century last weekend on these pedals.

My other pedal experiences have been with various Wellglo/Ritchey/SPD products and Speedplay Frogs. All these pedals work but none seem to work in varying conditions like the ATAC's do...

As for shoes, the Time cleat is only slightly larger then the SPD cleat so there are no real issues with shoes (My Speedplays required some Dremeling of the soul to get the cleats to fit).

I've been curious about the Egg Beaters but right now can't justify messing with a good thing...
re: CX Pedalsflyweight
Apr 22, 2003 10:13 AM
I run Time ATAC pedals on all of my bikes including my fixed gear and road bike. They're not that much heavier than road pedals when you factor in cleat weight. I use Shimano carbon soled shoes and have found them to be just as stiff and efficient as my old Sidi/Look combo on the road except now I don't have to worry about worn cleats or slipping on tile floors.
re: CX Pedalsatpjunkie
Apr 22, 2003 4:02 PM
have 3 sets of times (2 for cx , 1 for MTB) use good quality MTB shoe with a stiff but flexible sole for running and toe spikes. I won't recommend brands but find one that works with your foot. I've had good luck with Lakes, Specialized , Northwave, I love Sidis but found their sole too slick for running on wet rock or pavement. Shoes are mostly personal, but my CX shoes are my MTBers, except for the pair of 'coffee shimanos' which I use for errands.
re: CX Pedalsflyweight
Apr 25, 2003 6:41 AM
I use Shimano M220's which are basicall road shoes with a few rubber bits glued to the bottom. They're great and very stiff. I also have a pair of Northwave Artic winter shoes since most races take place in the winter and because I live in the Bay Area and do most of my riding before 8:00am. A little more flexible in the sole for off bike adventures.