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Time for new pedals(11 posts)

Time for new pedalsnova
Jun 27, 2002 7:55 AM
I'm running the old-style Shimano Ultegra SPDs. The left pedal makes all kinds of noise now because the little window on the back of the pedal (the window which shows retention/release resistance levels) fell out and is gone.

I have a cyclo-cross bike on which I'm running composite Time ATACs. I love them.

So I need to decide on new road pedals. Someone here mentioned that he is running Shimano mtn pedals (959's?) on his road bikes. I compared the weight of those to high-end Look road pedals, and the Shimano mtn pedals are competitive. I'm just wondering about the size of the contact platform.

I love the ATACs on the CX bike, and am considering putting another pair on my road bike, but they are heavier than most road pedals.

Any thoughts? Has anyone switched to mtn pedals on all their road bikes and had any regrets? Regardless, I'm going to avoid a new pair of shimano road pedals, and I'll either go with Look road pedals, or some other brand of mtn. pedals.... No matter what, I plan on using road shoes with my road bike.
Jun 27, 2002 8:02 AM
New Shimano road pedals are very good. They are more secure feeling than the Looks and the cleats last MUCH longer. Cleats are very easy to set up, you can adjust them with the shoe clipped in, and there are zero float cleats available. I've been racing on SPD-Rs on road and track for over a year and a half with no problems.
re: Time for new pedalsjtolleson
Jun 27, 2002 8:07 AM
I'm one of those with 959's on a road bike. I prefer them to the SPD-R's because they still allow for a recessed cleat setup (if that's important to you). With a carbon soled shoe, I have found the size of the contact platform to be adequate.

But since you say you definitely want to use road shoes, then lots of options are available. Aside from the poster above, I've heard most folks malign the SPD-R (I have no experience with them, don't take my word for it). If I were in roadie shoes, then I'd go Look or Speedplay.
what mtn shoes do you use? (nm)nova
Jun 27, 2002 8:34 AM
what mtn shoes do you use? (nm)jtolleson
Jun 27, 2002 10:23 AM
The carbon soled Shimanos... and I'm spacing on the model number.
Jun 27, 2002 8:27 AM
I just switched all my bikes over to eggbeaters. I was running SPD for years. They just seemed too heavy and no good in mud. Eggbeaters are great. I never have to look down when I clip in, great in the mud, light, plenty of play...I can't imagine a better pedal.

I've never tried Time or Speedplay so can't comment on those.
Are eggbeaters cleats recessed?nova
Jun 27, 2002 8:36 AM
Or do they have a walkable cleat? Thanks for your feedback.
yes, like SPD cleats....i use mtn shoes. very walkable (nm)DASS
Jun 27, 2002 1:01 PM
Are eggbeaters cleats recessed?nova
Jun 27, 2002 8:44 AM
Or do they have a walkable cleat? Thanks for your feedback.
FrogsMe Dot Org
Jun 27, 2002 8:40 AM
Speedplay frogs. Recessed, easy to walk around. Easiest pedal I've tried to clip/unclip. Float means no knee pain. Compatible with most SPD shoes. (Check their website ).
re: Time for new pedalsBeaver
Jun 27, 2002 8:55 AM
I tried ATAC's on my road bike for a few weeks. Once I switched over to road shoes(Sidi), I just didn't like it. They were very difficult to clip into and with the small platform you really can't push with a slick bottomed road shoe. I eventually switched over to Speedplay X2's and haven't looked back since. I still have ATAC's on my mountain bike.