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Pedals: Look or Speedplay?

OK, I'll have a first go at this part of the forum: I'm using Look run-of-the-mill pedals at the moment, but am considering changing to the Speedplay type. However I'm not sure if they are all they are cracked up to be. Any opinions about the respective pros and cons of Look and Speedplay type pedals?



Lucy_Aspenwind

Hi....

I have been using speedplay pedals (or candies as we call them) for years.

I find them lightweight, ridiculously easy to clip in & out of, have huge amounts of ground clearance, and more importantly, very easy on my knees.

These are small pedals and I run mine with quite a bit of float - that may or may not work for you. The float saves my knees and I am used to not being locked into a very small space of rotation (as you might be with other pedals). Some people find the float a problem while standing & pedaling. So think about that before you decide - for me it is no problem.

The speedplay's take more time to get used to than others, because they are small

Ideally, if you can find friends who have both of these pedals, I imagine a test ride would help you find your favourite pair.

Good luck!
berck

I went from SPD's to the Look KeO pedals. I love the KeO's. I had another friend that switched from the speedplay to the shimano dura-ace. He told me the same thing I noticed. The larger pedal feels like a better power transfer than the smaller speedplay or SPD.
bbnaz

Keep in mind that Speedplay is coming out with a whole new generation of pedals this year. They will NOT be compatible with the old Speedplays but everybody whom I talked to who tested the new ones at Interbike really liked them.

I have a set of Speedplay (Candies huh? I like that one) pedals on my bike and it has made a world of difference in the dissipation of knee pain. Love them to death!
CapeRoadie

Speedplay. I own stainless Zero's. Can clip in from either side. Greater degree of float. More clearance around corners. Or at least perceived clearance. They work for CSC. Why not you?
T-rek

Just a suggestion, but look at these:

bbnaz

Okay, I fess up, what are those?
Morstar

Egg beaters.

Isn't it obvious?? Very Happy

Must confess I had never seen them before I went to a cyclo race meet last year. They look beautifully simple and you can clip in from four sides I believe.

Aimed at off road as they don't clog up but I've read of a few people using them on road and have considered some myself.
T-rek

More specifically desinged for road use are these:

bbnaz

I have a pretty dodgy left knee......do they have much float?
T-rek

That depends on how you set them up. They have either 15 or 20 degrees available.

If you are prone to knee soreness post ride then likely the Speedplay is your pedal.
mootaineer

I use eggbeaters on both of my bikes (and used to on my stolen bike).
They have quite a lot of float compared to normal clipless systems.
I've been using them for around 6 years now without problems.

The pedals on my new bike are a pair of cheap Smartys (Smarties?), which have a minimal platform.
The other pair are (rather expensive) Triple Ti's.
This year's 4Ti's have a shorter spindle for lower Q factor...if that's your thing but you can also get replacement spindles of either length for around 50.

There is a slight difference in feel between the naked eggbeaters and the Smartys. For a roadbike I'd possibly go with something that has a bit of a platform...since it feels slightly more rigid to me (maybe a Quattro). I get the feeling that the rigidity is actually an illusion (in terms of the pedals). I think it's more to do with the soles of my boots than the pedals themselves. (Less flex around a larger object underneath the foot).

I find them very easy to get in and out of and have been in a few "off the bike" moments where I've been able to disengage without twisting knees, etc.
The 4 sided entry is definitely nice.
I did initially try SPDs but didn't like them.

I'd recommend having a go.
They're also easy to clean + strip and spare parts are readily available.
Personally, I wouldn't change systems but maybe that's just my XC (as opposed to road) background...
headwind

Anyone with TIME road pedals??????? Ive heard they are excellent. been riding Looks forever and plenty happy, but sometimes I wonder.

As for float. I must be one weird dude. I absolutely hate it. I have my looks set for 0 and max spring tension. once I get my pedalling geometry straight, I dont want any changes...especially ones that go with tired pedalling. I had max float when i started riding and my hip, knee, foot angles changed all the time giving me tons of of discomfort. Once I found the right position, its locked in and never an issue.

hw
bbnaz

Just the opposite for me HW. I need the float to help relieve the "stress" on my knee over longer distances.

Used to know somebody who rode in Time pedals but I didn't like that person very much and don't see them any more. Besides they got really really big and can't get on their bike anyway. Serves them right Razz
CapeRoadie

headwind wrote:
Anyone with TIME road pedals??????? Ive heard they are excellent. been riding Looks forever and plenty happy, but sometimes I wonder.

As for float. I must be one weird dude. I absolutely hate it. I have my looks set for 0 and max spring tension. once I get my pedalling geometry straight, I dont want any changes...especially ones that go with tired pedalling. I had max float when i started riding and my hip, knee, foot angles changed all the time giving me tons of of discomfort. Once I found the right position, its locked in and never an issue.

hw


Not me. My personal belief is that variety of movement is always a healthier choice. Hey, HW, I rode 62 miles this year at average 25 mph, with a draft for only the first 20 miles. Not bad for year 2 of return to cycling, right? The float didn't slow me down.
Clayton Seymour

headwind wrote:
Anyone with TIME road pedals??????? Ive heard they are excellent. been riding Looks forever and plenty happy, but sometimes I wonder. hw



I use Time Impact and they are excellent. I'd always sworn by Look however, I think Time are better. Just one word of caution, the screws supplied by Time with the adaptor plate were too long for my shoes (Sidi).

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