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Pedal Questions: PP296 vs PP396(9 posts)

Pedal Questions: PP296 vs PP396jeebus
Apr 7, 2002 1:41 PM

I'm looking to buy a new set of pedals for a pair of SIDI Energy shoes. I haven't used LOOK pedals before. LOOK seems to inundate the market with a bunch of look alike products with little differences.

Is there any difference in the PP296 and PP396 pedals beyond the 10g weight difference?

Are these good pedals for the money (<$100 overseas)?

Is there a better choice out there? CX7 and Speedplay X/2 are a bit pricy; Shimano and Campy... I've read complaints about.

re: Pedal Questions: PP296 vs PP396jaredhartman
Apr 7, 2002 5:09 PM
I just got a set of speedplay X/2's, and I love them. It is pretty easy to get in, super easy to get out, and there is really no chance of unwanted clip-out. They are super light, and the float is really nice. Some might say it isn't a stable feeling connection, but I find my feet to stay put unless I want to move them. They are pretty pricey, but I definitely think they are worth it.
consider 206 alsoRideLots
Apr 7, 2002 5:23 PM
I have PP206's on 4 bikes; they cost around $80, have a large platform, are the lightest Looks (lighter than CX7's -- I have them, too) appear to be more aero than other looks, and most importantly, don't squeek. They have a large plastic base instead of metal; they metal ones eventally squeek. I ride do lots of long rides, and they work perfectly fine for me.

I also have Speedplays and Campy Profits. Neither worked for me, for various reasons.
re: Pedal Questions: PP296 vs PP396LC
Apr 7, 2002 6:56 PM
Both 296 and 396 models are made for racing, so the release tension is very high. On lowest setting, it is about the same as the other models on highest setting.
re: Pedal Questions: PP296 vs PP396pmf1
Apr 8, 2002 5:11 AM
Don't get the ones with on the fly cleat adjustment (little dial on the back). They will either not work out of the box, or soon quit working.

I'm a fan of Time pedals. Not cheap or lightweight, but very comfortable. Excel has them on sale.

I've always thought Look pedals were a good value.
related: red arc cleats + pp296 set to 9* float=18* float?? nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 8, 2002 5:27 AM
PP296 vs PP396 are pretty similardjg
Apr 8, 2002 5:29 AM
There's a very slight weight difference and a somewhat different appearance but they offer, basically, the same platform--396 was a subsequent model year and 296 may be available at a good discount. I had a pair of the 296s and liked them; at euro prices I consider them a good value. I'm not sure about the on-the-fly adjustment value--never seemed terribly useful to me.

I've switched to the CX7s as I find the q-factor adjustment to be really useful, but that's a personal fit issue.
re: Pedal Questions: PP296 vs PP396PegLeg
Apr 8, 2002 6:02 AM
Look around for a deal on the 296. I recently got a pair of 296 from Supergo for $69 or $79 (can't remember which).

I used to use SPDs. I thought they were good but I had no basis for comparison because that was all I used. I moved to Looks and there was no going back.
re: Pedal Questions: PP296 vs PP396Icefrk13
Apr 8, 2002 9:37 AM
I have Camppy and love them no problems here.