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Pedals? Shoes? SPD-R or LOOK???(6 posts)

Pedals? Shoes? SPD-R or LOOK???NeedySpeedy
May 14, 2001 1:19 PM
I dont know anything about road pedals or shoes! I run spd's on my mountainbike and my road bike now. I've ordered a new road bike and want to upgrade my shoes and pedal system. How are the Ultegra pedels? How are the Look PP247 or the PP296 Pedals? Also how are the Diadora Cosmo shoes? How are the SIDI Genius 3 shoes? Comments please!
Thanks for any feedback!!
Neither - Speedplay'sDannyBoy
May 15, 2001 5:35 AM
Do your knees a favour and buy yourself a set of speedplay X2's. Read the reviews on this site, they rate pretty highly. Just got some myself and ain't going back to anything else!!!!
Neither - Speedplay'sWheelSuker
May 16, 2001 6:38 AM
I used looks for about 10 years. I have SPDs on my MTB and Cruizer. Last summer, I got a pair of Speedplays. Nothing else compares. Seriously. Totally free rotation. Total comfort. I bit weird getting used to them in a sprint, but other than that, Speedplays are INCREDIBLE. My $0.02 worth.
LOOKOld Guy
May 15, 2001 10:57 AM
Actually, it depends. If you do crits, Looks are awesome. If you're doing long RRs and TTs, Speedplays are great.

I do crits and I HAVE seen guys blow out of their Speedplays in the final sprint; very scary. Looks give the most positive connection you can make. Forget about weight.

I also use Sidi G-3s and I love them. They're awesome. You can also find some 2000 year models for under $150 bucks, now.
second vote for Lookpeloton
May 15, 2001 6:56 PM
I have blown out of my Speedplays on three occasions in races. Very scary when moving fast. I actually prefer the Looks for longer races as well because you get less hot spots on your feet with the wider platform of the Looks. The Looks are a much more secure feeling pedal, and more comfortable on the foot.

BTW- I've converted from Speedplay to Look entirely now.
third vote for LookBrit Racer
May 16, 2001 2:16 AM
Do something that I'd not usually advocate: Look at what the Pros use. For most items of equipment, pros are paid to use a certain brand but for some reason, shoes and pedals seem to be pretty much down to the rider's preference (probably because they're such an individual thing) - have a look at most teams and you'll see the team riders using a variety of shoe/pedal brands (although interestingly, Mercury are one of the few teams to have a pedal sponsor - Speedplay...).

The most popular pedal brands in the pro peloton are Look and Time, these two brands in roughly equal proportion and way ahead of others (Shimano, etc.)

For the record, I use Look, having used shimano in the past and having tried speedplays a few times.