SPD's – cleat wear and muliple pairs of pedals?

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  • Premier Icon dawson
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    Just thinking about a new set of pedals to go on my other bike (following a recent PSA) but wondered how people go on with the different ‘wear-rates’?

    I have noticed that on my current SPD’s my foot seems to be lifting out easily/unintentionally detaching from pedal

    Is it the cleat that gets loose or the mechanism? i.e. how will a worn cleat behave with a new pedal?

    probably not explaining myself very well!

    cyclistm
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    It’ll be fine.

    Its generally the cleat that wears first.

    In my experience you will not damage a new pedal with an old cleat.

    Premier Icon Scapegoat
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    Yep, use multiple SPD pedals on various bikes and wear cleats out well before any wear to any of the pedals.

    Premier Icon dawson
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    If I got a new set of pedals that came with cleats, would I be better to change to the new cleats?

    Would the new cleats be ok on the old pedals?

    I have three bikes with shimano spd pedals on them,

    2x cheapo ones
    1x xt

    The cleats wear out quicker than the jaw’s on the pedals, but the lifespan of the xt’s is about half the cheaper ones.

    This is the exact symptom i get when the xt jaws wear out:

    I have noticed that on my current SPD’s my foot seems to be lifting out easily/unintentionally detaching from pedal

    So try your shoes in some other pedals first as your cleats may be fine.

    As a rule I change things when they die now. So use the cleats as long as you can.

    Premier Icon dawson
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    cool, cheers.

    Premier Icon sandwicheater
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    Replace the cleats. Happened to me recently. Thought it was the pedal. New cleat and rock solid again.

    Wear rate really varies per my post;

    http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/how-long-do-your-spd-cleats-last

    Premier Icon Scapegoat
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    I can confirm that it’s far more likely to be the cleat than the pedal. My lad couldn’t stay clipped into my XTs last week. No problem at all with my newer cleats, so new cleats ordered.

    Premier Icon BillOddie
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    Assuming both wear but at different rates, in my experience:

    Worn Cleats + Worn pedals = cleats pop out of pedals.
    Worn cleats + new Pedals = OK for a bit.
    New cleats + worn pedals = OK for a reasonable amount of time.

    I think I have gotten about 3x sets of cleats wear out of a pair of pedals once. All the other times the bearings have gone or they have been mashed on rocks before the jaws wear out.

    Also is it me or are cleats softer than they used to be?

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