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why didn't I get Speedplay's earlier !!! they rule !!(13 posts)

why didn't I get Speedplay's earlier !!! they rule !!climbo
Apr 23, 2002 6:46 AM
i'm so happy I'm getting more. Thank you, Bye.
Apr 23, 2002 7:23 AM
Why don't more pro's use speedplay's? - nmTPC
Apr 23, 2002 8:24 AM
Why don't more pro's use speedplay's? - nmpmf1
Apr 23, 2002 8:41 AM
Probably many reasons. Pedal sponsers seem to be up to the individual in many cases. First, Speedplays are relatively new and pro bike racers are not very innovative. Second, the float is weird on them. Many people do not like it. Third, the platform is tiny. The biggest complaint about the pre SPD-R Dura Ace pedals were the size. No one liked a tiny pedal. Shimano changed them for that reason.

I do not find smaller pedals very comfortable and prefer Time pedals over all others. If you get a chance to try them, you should. I bet you'd toss the Speedplays.
Pedal size misleading.Len J
Apr 23, 2002 8:45 AM
The pedal size issue IMP is misleading. Because of the way that the pedal locks into the cleat, the effective pedal size is larger than most pedals, since it is the size of the cleat.


The cleat ain't that big eitherpmf1
Apr 23, 2002 9:04 AM
I've installed these things into shoes and the cleat isn't that big. Besides, I still think you'd feel the pedal in the cleat. I may be wrong -- I've never ridden SP pedals. I know a few people who got some and complained that their feet hurt using them.

Out of curiousity, do the cleats weigh much? SP are always marketed as being super light. But the cleats are quite large in comparison to other pedals. Is half the weight in the cleat?

And what does YMMV mean?

The cleat ain't that big eitherLen J
Apr 23, 2002 9:14 AM
YMMV= Your Milage May Vary; stupid way of saying it's my experience.

Cleats are heavy, but total with pedals is still lighter than most other combos

Cleat is larger than most other shoe attachments. It attaches to the edge of the pedal, I have been using them got years with no foot problems, I don't feel the pedal, what you do notice is the movement of the cleat around the pedal (The float). It takes some getting used to to get confident that you do have a secure attachment. Some have described it as a feeling of being on ice. It took me about 15 minutes to get used to it.

I seem to be one of the few ...bianchi boy
Apr 23, 2002 5:45 PM
Who's had problems with Speedplays. I found them very easy to get used to, and easy to clip in and out from. However, the platform felt noticeably smaller than Looks, regardless of the size of the cleat. The float also didn't seem to agree with my knees and I developed pains shortly after I started using them and it got worse by the day. Took them off after two weeks and the pain went away in a few days.
Glad to see someone else noticed that...biknben
Apr 23, 2002 12:33 PM
Too many people look at the pedal and scream "Hot Spots". The pedal body is small but it's the cleat that creates the platform. The pedal rests inside the cleat but not on the shoe sole itself. Forces from the pedal are dispersed throughout the cleat area reducing the likelyhood of hot spots.

I converted from Look over a year ago. The Looks were creaking badly and I fumbled around trying to get into them. The Speedplays have some quirks but I like them better than the Looks.
I switched from Looksclimbo
Apr 23, 2002 9:24 AM
they might have a bigger cleat but it doesn't matter to me. Speedplay's engage better and feel better to me. The cleat on SP's is almost as big as Look and if you have stiff sole shoes you can't feel the pedal in the cleat anyway. I won't go back.

Small platforms, Egg Beaters, people love these pedals too.

Pros who switched? I know one. Gordon MacCauley switched to them this year and he likes them. He's a pro in Belgium, 2 wins this year.
So did Imickey-mac
Apr 23, 2002 5:11 PM
I feel like part of an infommercial. Seriously, though, I was at the end of my rope after enduring the Look creak for years. However, I never had problems with engagement or any other aspect of Looks. On the bright side, I haven't found any big downside to Speedplays. I'm a fairly good sized guy and haven't had any problems with them.
I started off w/ Speed Play and went to Campy.Sintesi
Apr 24, 2002 5:15 AM
Used the X3s for a season. I liked the ease of entry but I developed hot spots, also the platform did not feel substantial enough to push off of when sprinting or honking up a hill. They are a spinner's pedal for sure. Float for me was ultimately neutral - sometimes I liked it, sometimes I didn't.

BTW, there are (or were) a few American pro teams that use Speedplay. i know Gord Fraser was on SP for awhile.
Cheap, GREAT pedals, highly recommended -NMTD
Apr 23, 2002 4:44 PM