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Looks vs. Speedplays(6 posts)

Looks vs. SpeedplaysBuzz Litespeed
Jun 11, 2001 6:16 AM
I've had a set Frogs on my mountain bike for a year now and like them. It's getting to be time to replace my roadbike pedals and have been considering Speedplays. Do they "feel" simular to thier MTB conterparts? What about shoe compatibilty, will most look style shoes work? I also spend a great deal of time climbing in and out of the saddle, so are how much worse are they than looks when it comes to foot hotspots?
re: Looks vs. Speedplayspeloton
Jun 11, 2001 8:21 AM
The Speedplay road series pedals do have a similar 'feel' to their MTB counterparts, the Frogs. There is a lot of free float, and a similar feel getting in and out. You will find that most shoes on the market are compatable with Look and Speedplay pedals without any problem. This is only a generalization though, so check the shoe you are buying before hand to ensure you don't have installation problems. When it comes to foot hotspots, it has been my experience that they aren't close to the Looks. The larger platform of the Looks spreads out the pressure under the foot over a larger surface, and hotspots are much less of a problem. I have ridden both the Looks and the Speedplays with stiff carbon soled shoes too, so a stiff soled shoe won't cure all the hotspots with the Speedplays. If you are concerned with light weight and tons of float, get the Speedplays. If you are concerned with a comfortable, very secure pedal, then get the Looks. FWIW
re: Looks vs. SpeedplaysMeDotOrg
Jun 11, 2001 9:04 AM
You might consider putting frogs on your road bike. I've put about 4,000 miles since November on my Road bike with frogs, and I love them. Even though they are small, I've not had problems with hot spotting.
re: Looks vs. SpeedplaysWade
Jun 11, 2001 10:59 PM
Speedplays are real similar to Bebops. I've been riding Bebops for a couple of years MTB. When I got on my old funky Looks this year (after many years of not road riding) I couldn't stand the confinement. I slapped my extra set of Bebops on and simply wore my mountain shoes. FANTASTIC upgrade. Hotspots? sounds like a shoe problem.
My Take>>>Live Steam
Jun 12, 2001 8:36 AM
I was using Speedplays on one bike and Looks on the alternate. I just recently switched to Looks on both - a bummer when you grab the wrong shoes on the morning of a ride. I have two problems with the Speedplays. The pedals are certainly light, but the cleat more than makes up for it. Very big and more difficult to walk around on when making pit stops. They are also more expensive to replace when worn. I guess I had three problems - the Speedplay cleats also have a propencity for collecting crap such as dirt, tar, grit, etc thus making them somewhat troublesome. I guess it sounds like I do more walking than riding, but you know how it goes when on weekend group rides. I like the feel of the Speedplays and the dual sided entry. Very convenient at stop lights and such. I don't know if this helped, but food for thought I hope.
Thanks everyone...Buzz Litespeed
Jun 12, 2001 11:16 AM
I still haven't made up my mind, but thanks for all the food for thought.