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SPD-SL replacement cleats(7 posts)

SPD-SL replacement cleatsj-son
Feb 16, 2003 5:39 PM
On Friday, my wife got a package in the mail from Excel with replacement second generation SPD-SL cleats. What's the deal with the original cleats? Are they breaking and unsafe? We're going to install the new cleats before she does any riding, I was just curious ...

I was wondering the same thing, as my LBS called me, too. (nm)jtferraro
Feb 16, 2003 6:02 PM
Feb 16, 2003 6:50 PM
I read this announcement the other day on a website. A shimano spokesperson said that the new cleats were simply designed to enter/exit the platform better as well as increase walking ability and perhaps durability of the cleat on walking surfaces. I don't recall exactly what it was all about, but I do recall them making a huge fuss that this is no way a recall, simply an upgrade in design. There was no inferior design flaw with the first generation, just Shimano trying to enhance, what I have heard to be, an already great pedal. By the way, how do you like them?
More information here...joekm
Feb 16, 2003 6:51 PM

Ran across this myself while I was researching the Ultergra version.

Weather premitting, I should be picking those up next week. Hopefully, they will have the new generation cleats.
Thanks for the link! (nm)jtferraro
Feb 17, 2003 8:21 AM
Don't be fooled...teoteoteo
Feb 17, 2003 5:22 PM
Don't be fooled this was a pre-emptive (sp?) strike. A small number failed causing them to be concerned with durability. Much better to replace now than have lawsuit B.S. to deal with.
Cleat Failures...Bixe
Feb 17, 2003 7:24 PM
My Man at the LBS (who over the years has proven to have rather credible connections) tells me that a few, uh,
i gravity challenged
customers managed to crack/break the front tabs off while walking around. Shimano finds it preferable to replace the rather low cost plastic parts now than deal with lawyers later. Ya know (this'll date me), I remember when Sue was a girl's name....