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Speedplay questions(7 posts)

Speedplay questionsET
Feb 24, 2002 2:14 PM
1. If just the black adapter thingy on my X2 cleats has worn away, can I get just a new adapter without getting new cleats? If so, where?

2. Is the Northwave Evolution a good shoe with X2s? Is an adapter still necessary?

3. I'm thinking of putting Frogs on my commuting hybrid. Do you know of a shoe (preferably with a roomy toebox, narrow heel, low instep, etc. :-)) which will have the Frog's cleats completely recessed? I don't particularly care for or need thick MTB tread (although nonslippery sole is nice), but I have to walk quite a ways from the bike rack to my desk, and I can't scratch up the floors, nor do I feel like walking shoeless. Thanks.
re: Speedplay questionsElefantino
Feb 24, 2002 2:52 PM
1. You can get snap-shims from Speedplay. Call them and they'll probably ship them out for free or a nominal charge.

2. Go to Speedplay's web site and check out their shoe guide.

3. You're on your own.

re: Speedplay questionsRobO
Feb 24, 2002 3:07 PM
>>2. Is the Northwave Evolution a good shoe with X2s? Is an adapter still necessary?<<

My old team used Speedplays and Northwave Gazelles last year. It was not a well liked combo.
re: Speedplay questionsjason in nh
Feb 24, 2002 3:23 PM
to question #3

IMO I think that the frogs are somewhat of a bad pedal. THe initiation into the pedal is somewhat weird. If you are looking for a mtb pedal with float, look at time atac, I think that they are the best mtb pedals out there...have yet to try the egg beaters
re: Speedplay questionsVetteRacer
Feb 24, 2002 4:17 PM
Speedplay should be able to help you for the adapter.

I have a set of Evolutions that should be here Monday. If the shoes have the LOOK (3 bolt) adapter on the bottom then you need the Speedplay adapter as well. If they have the TIME (4 bolt) adapter on them then using a custom plastic 'shim' is recomended from Speedplay. Unless its not the Carbon Fibre sole, if its the other one then no 'shim' should be needed. There is a Carbon Fibre adapter on ebay right now for the Evolutions, size 46-47.5 it says, its for using the Time/Speedplay direct without the adapter.

I use Frogs for my mtn bike and LOVE them. I currently have some Sidi Dominators and there isnt much metal that hits when I walk, but there is some. If you didnt mind using the X pedals for commuting they have Coffee shop covers that go over the cleats. They seem to fit the cleat nice, cant tell you how it is to walk in them cause I dont have any road shoes yet to use my X cleats with.

Question 3Scot_Gore
Feb 24, 2002 6:30 PM
I also wanted a shoe I could walk a reasonable distance in after or during a ride. I commute and also enjoy biking to places I've never seen, getting off and looking around.

Here's what I did.
I got Lake CX-125 road shoes. The CX-125's have hard rubber toe and heel pads. When I snap a coffee cap over my X-Cleat the 3 surfaces make a decent walking surface. It's a relatively even gait compared to the rocker effect of a just a cleat.

Two things to bear in mind:
1) The Cx-125 is no racing shoe, but I don't race, I ride.
2) I think it's a discontinued shoe.

Both Performance and Nashbar have had it substantially marked down for 2-3 months. I can't even find it on the performance site. Here's the link to Nashbar
Looks like a limited number of sizes available.

I looked at Lakes site as well. It appears the CX-115 has the same sole pads.

Hope that helps.

Lake shoestarwheel
Feb 25, 2002 5:45 AM
The Lake CX-125 shoes really work. I bought a pair and loved them, but had to return them because they were too tight in the front. My feet are very narrow, but they were still too tight and caused my feet to go numb. They are worth checking out though, particularly if you can get them on sale. The only problem with the Lake shoes (other than the fit) was they are kind of a hassle to lace up. I've gotten spoiled by shoes with velcro straps and buckles.