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Sidi Genius 3 and Speedplay....aaarrgggh(9 posts)

Sidi Genius 3 and Speedplay....aaarrggghhawker12
Dec 6, 2003 4:43 PM
Got my new Sidi shoes finally and new Speedplay pedals...and lots of spacers and instructions from both companies. However, I'm not having a lot of luck fiquring out how the cleats attach to the shoes properly. It appears I DO NOT use the insert that comes with the Sidi shoes but the rest of the inserts and spacers that come with the pedals just don't seem to fit together right.
Any help would be appreciated.
Dec 6, 2003 4:53 PM
Unless Sidi has changed their soles, it should have a recessed area that is exactly the same width as the speedplay cleat. All you do is place the proper snap shim in first, to create a flat surface for the cleat to mount to, then bolt the black plastic baseplate to the shoe (3 screws). Four small screws attach the remainder of the cleat to the base plate.

You should not have to use any parts provided by Sidi to mount the cleat.

Try for more info.
re: Sidi Genius 3 and Speedplay....aaarrggghcoonass
Dec 6, 2003 5:12 PM
URL correctioncoonass
Dec 7, 2003 2:34 PM
URL wouldn't open....go to:
select: Shoe Guide
select: Road
Scroll & Select: SIDI
select: All Models
Now you have an exploded view of parts installed in proper order.

"Montez pour travailler, travailler pour vivre, de phase pour monter!"
re: Sidi Genius 3 and Speedplay....aaarrggghfredstaple
Dec 6, 2003 5:20 PM
I started using Sidis and Speedplay X2s last september. I felt kind of dumb as I tried for about an hour to figure out how to get it all together. I found there was a small Sidi shim already installed that I had to remove first. It was rally hard to tell that this was not just part of the molded plastic.

Once i removed this, the speedplay shims fit perfectly. I really like this combo and have experienced a lot less knee pain since going to the speedplays
re: Sidi Genius 3 and Speedplay....aaarrggghdivve
Dec 6, 2003 5:28 PM
As C-40 explained use the two base plates that come with the pedals and mount the 4 snap shims meant for Sidi (doorstop wedge looking things) to the plates.

I recommend after you've found the proper back and forth alignment to fasten the large base screws with Loctite.
re: Sidi Genius 3 and Speedplay....aaarrggghAl1943
Dec 6, 2003 8:31 PM
Are you sure you have the correct adaptor plate kit for mounting Speedplays to SIDI's?

I second diwe's recommendation to Locktite the screws. Also make sure you have the left cleat on the left shoe and visa versa. When I mounted my first set I actually rode with the cleats on the wrong shoes, big mistake.
3rd the locktiteB2
Dec 6, 2003 9:09 PM
I've had to tighten them on the road a couple of times.

Don't feel bad...Bacco
Dec 7, 2003 5:19 AM
Don't feel bad, the LBS installed mine wrong and I had to figure out how to correct. Note: on the Speedplay Zeros (don't know about the X's), the outer screws should just be snug - don't overtighten them else the C-spring will bind. Use Loctite to hold the screws in place. Use White Lightning to lubricate the cleats regularly and also be sure to keep them clean. FYI, I mount my new cleats on the shoes and then attach the shoes to the pedal for a few days to loosen up the spring. This makes it easier to click in when you first start using them on the road. Insert your foot horizontal with the ground into the pedal (i.e, don't point your toes downward) and with a slight twist. These are great pedals. Also, Speedplay's customer service is outstanding if you have any problems or questions. Enjoy!