's Forum Archives - Cyclo-Cross

Archive Home >> Cyclo-Cross(1 2 3 )

Shimano 959 pedals for cross bike?(9 posts)

Shimano 959 pedals for cross bike?SGG2
Aug 21, 2003 6:35 AM
How well do these clear mud - as well as Time pedals? Are they as durable and easy to clip in to as the 747's?

I currently have 747's on my mountain bike. I have a pair of Time ATAC pedals, never installed. The dilemma is: buy new shoes and use the Time pedals, or buy 959 pedals and use current shoes (I'm assuming that the cleat is the same for 747 and 959 pedals)

New Shoes = $190 (I currently wear Sidi's and like them)
New 959 pedals = $110

re: Shimano 959 pedals for cross bike?Paul Arlinghaus
Aug 21, 2003 12:01 PM
I currently run the 959 for mountain and cyclocross racing. This past saturday the mtb race I did had a nice long run-up climb with the trail being the tacky mud that can really jamb up pedals. I had no trouble getting back into my pedals, and have never had any issues with the 959's. I have put them through mud, sand, and snow). I like the adjustable tension and solid click you get when clipping in.
the trouble with Shimano 959 pedals ...laffeaux
Aug 21, 2003 12:07 PM
The trouble with the 959s is once you've ridden them, you'll never want ride with 747s again. I've not used the Times, so I can't answer that portion of the question, but I have many miles on Shimano pedals (I've been riding them since '95).

The 959s are many times better than anything Shimano has offered in the past. IMO all Shimano pedals prior to the 959s were death traps in the mud - easy to get into, impossible to get out of. The 959s wrokd well in the mud. Like I said, I can't compare them to non-Shimano pedals, but there is absolutely no comparison to any other Shimano pedal.

In non muddy conditions, the 959s are better too. Easier to get into and easier to exit. I have several pairs of older pedals (525, 535, 737, 747) and I really don't like riding any of them - I used to think that they were all good.

The only negative think I have to say about the 959s is that they must be installed with an allen wrench - a pedal wrench can not be used. Removing the drive side pedal (if you switch them between bikes) with an allen wrench seems to be a sure fire way to send your hand smashing into the chainrings. I finally gave up and bought another set.
ChainringsHENRY K
Aug 23, 2003 3:35 AM
Just as a hint...I always put the chain in the Big Ring before wrenching on the pedals. It helps to minumize the gouges in the knuckles:-)
Don't buy new shoes, just swap out pedals ...Gripped
Aug 21, 2003 2:23 PM
I assume that you aren't going to be riding the mtb and the cx at the same time so just put the pedals on teh bike you want to ride. The operation is about 5 minutes. I am on a budget and getting another set of ATACs is lower on my prority list than other stuff.
Don't buy new shoes, just swap out pedals ...SGG2
Aug 22, 2003 9:49 AM
One issue with the 747 pedals is that they are not super great in the mud. Not that we have lots of muddy races in Colorado, but the few that we did have involved lots of tap dancing on the pedals to get back into them after a dismount. Switching pedals is not hard at all, if I already had good mud pedals on the mountain bike.

re: Shimano 959 pedals for cross bike?D_man
Aug 22, 2003 9:46 AM
I switched from ATACs to 959s on my crossbike a couple of months back, and haven't looked back!
re: Shimano 959 pedals for cross bike?G_
Aug 24, 2003 7:55 AM
You already have ATACs, and they are the best of the bunch. Why don't you pull the 747 cleats off your shoes, put the Time cleats on, and use the Time pedals?
Crank Bros Candy SL's are the bestsnwbdrhoon
Aug 24, 2003 4:35 PM