which pedals are better

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  1. djlance

    djlance New Member

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    i am thinking about purchasing some road pedals for my road bike. i currently have shimano spd double sided pedals on there but i am thinking about crossing over into the road pedals. I have a leg length discrepency with one leg and on the other i have a sort of tilt so i have to use lemond wedges for both shoes. I was wondering which 2 road pedals are better overall for knee pain since i will buy the wedges for the pedals i was wondering which of the 2 are better overall in comfort and performance especially for someone who has the problems i do

    Shimano SPD SL 7800 or speedplay zero
     
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  2. RC2

    RC2 New Member

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    That depends on which you prefer -- apples or oranges? I like apples and Speedplay (bad knees -- years of skiing and soccer -- and like simple things, like stepping down and hearing 'click' vs. having to figit and right the pedal first).
     
  3. wineandkeyz

    wineandkeyz New Member

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    Another vote for Speedplay. I've got Zeros on both my bikes, and have been very pleased with them. None of the knee pain I used to get from time to time with my old SPD-type pedals.
     
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    cydewaze New Member

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    I have a leg length discrepancy as well, and I'm using the Speedplay Zeros. They work well with the spacers/wedges.
     
  5. friedmikey

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    Are the Speedplays easier to clip into than SPD-SL?

    I'm getting new shoes this week and before I see my fitter to help me set my cleat positions, I need to decide if I also want to stick with Shimano, or switch to a different pedal. Also thinking of Look Keo Carbon or Time RXS Carbon.
     
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    I switched from SPD to speedplay, and the speedplays are roughly a 100 times easier to clip into than SPD's. No fussing around at all. Love 'em.
     
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    With the kind of problems you have either speedplay (float), or the good old Look would work best since it allows more adjustment of all sort.
     
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    I use Coombe Pro's and I'm very happy with them. No pull-out when standing, no springs to fail and great ground clearence.
     
  9. kona don

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    I'm another vote for SpeedPlay. I've got the variable float on both my bikes and haven't had any knee pain or problems since I started using them 3 years ago. I'm not aware of any cleat that's easier or faster to clip into than SpeedPlay.
     
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    I've just purchased a set of Time RXS Carbon, they have loads of float and lots of adjustment. These are my second set of Time pedals, great pedals.
     
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    Speedplay Zeros
     
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    zperrys New Member

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    Lots of votes for Speedplay and I have to agree. I've had mine for several years now (not zeros, but some other model) and love them. I had a pair of Looks before that, and wonder if there isn't a strange irony in the name (because that's exactly what I had to do nearly every time to clip in...). The Looks were great pedals, but in traffic (okay, so I don't clip in fast and my track stand isn't so great either...) they were a hazard...
     
  13. boze

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    i have the speedplay X1's love them. i think that's the model. if you're not a big racer then the X5's are also supposed to be a good value.

    i don't know anybody who's ever had speedplay road pedals and not liked them.
     
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    I have never used Speedplay but am very happy with the 7800 pedals. Time is actually a better choice if you have knee problems. I used to have Impacts but found them a little heavy and hard to get into to.

    Mike
     
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    alienator Well-Known Member

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    Speedplay. Started having knee issues while using Looks (not secondary to pedals...cause was something independent). Fit sessions didn't help. Knee pn was the same whether I used red or black cleats. Moved to Speedplay X/2's, and the knee issues disappeared.
     
  16. GHIONIK

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    How are Speedplays easier than Look pedals to "clip in"?
     
  17. Norgi

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    I am a big fan of Speedplay, but have only ever used the X/3 pedals. My understanding of the difference is that the X series allow a much greater movement spinning on the center of the pedal left to right than the Zero's, and that the Zero's are adjustable in terms of how much they will allow.

    It was a bit strange to have all that freedom at first, but I LOVE IT now. And they are great for getting into as well. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.
     
  18. elgordo

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    I'd like to put in a plug for either the Crank Brothers Quatro or Crank Brothers Candy. The SPD wedges should be compatable with either. The Quatros' are the road pedal, while the Candys are considered Mtn. Bike pedals, but still give good support. Both work with road or mountain bike shoes and are easy to get in and out of. If you use road shoes, the Quatro cleats work beter than the candy road cleats.

    El Gordo
     
  19. DEEZAL

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    look keos are very good
     
  20. holoclothes

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    do you get hotspots with the speedplays? is there enough support?
     
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