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spd-r's good or bad?(4 posts)

spd-r's good or bad?jeremy
Jan 15, 2002 10:13 PM
was looking into buying some Dura Ace SPD-R's and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts, good or bad, about these pedals?

Have used looks and did not like the popping out effect of worn cleats. any info is appreciated. thanks,
Jan 16, 2002 6:18 AM
I changed shoes at the same time as pedals, so the relief from numbness that I experienced may not be due to the spd-r pedal system only (old shoes= cheap Shimano spd, new = Carnac Ellipse spd-r). However, since you probably don't have a numbness problem I'll mention that entry/release pressure can be set quite low without popping out. Entry is easy. Walking a pain. I like 'em.
Not So GoodCroy
Jan 17, 2002 8:47 AM
After using a set of PD-6600 ultegra SPD-r's for over a year, I finally broke down and got a set of speedplays. The Spd-r's really sucked. Read the reviews and you will see that they are nearly impossible to release from. It takes an awkward inward rotation to easily release. I hand delivered these pedals to Shimano's HQ here in Irvine, and all that they did was take a dremel to "break in" the cleats. This offered no improvement. I could not recommend this pedal. Anyone want a set cheap (new cleats included)??

My new speedplays are far superior to the Shimano product. I no longer have to worry about not being able to release at a red light.
Jan 17, 2002 11:35 AM
I have a pair of Shimano SPD-R's and have non of the problems mentioned above. No problems exiting accidentally with the spring set to the lowest tension, and no problems getting out when I need to. The only thing I would look into is available float. You must choose between either a little float or a lot of float, at least with Ultegra.