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So what's the difference between the Dura Ace SL's and...(5 posts)

So what's the difference between the Dura Ace SL's and...hayaku
Apr 30, 2003 5:44 AM
Ultegra? 23grams and what else? The only information I've been able to find on the Shimano web sites (USA,Australia and Japan) is that the Dura Ace pedal has needle bearings.

Can someone shed a little light for me? Thanks a lot.
The D/A pedals...merckx56
Apr 30, 2003 5:55 AM
have three sets of bearing while the Ultegra only have two. The Ultegra don't have the needle bearings centered under the foot. This is according to QBP.
The finish- DA is more brushed.filtersweep
Apr 30, 2003 6:19 AM
The SLs are great, BTW- well, compared to the SPD-Rs at least. I hated setting up the SPD-R cleats... the SLs are a model of simplicity (as well as a Look copy...).
Why did Look not come up with them ?Maartin
Apr 30, 2003 12:35 PM
I love my new Dura Ace pedals but they are basically an improved Look pedal whick is why I like them. I am use to and thus like Look pedals. They begs the question why did Look not come up with it? It looks pretty evolutionary and predictable a design to me. My two cents ...
Why did Look not come up with them ?russw19
Apr 30, 2003 2:16 PM
Like Primate evolution, the tree has branches in multiple directions....

What seems like a no-brainer to you and Shimano is simply a path Look chose not to go.

The CX-7, Look's newest flagship pedal is heavier than the D-A Sl, but way more adjustable. The way Look sees it is that more riders will benefit from the increase in adjustability than simply making the pedals thinner and dropping the weight. Kind of a utilitarian approach. Funny thing about all that is that most people I know who ride the Look CX-7's didn't change anything about the setup, they just pulled them out of the box and threw them on their bike.

I think it shows the difference in European design philosophy compared to that of Japanese philosophy.