- Which SPD pedals
Ok this has probably been asked a million times so i apologise, i used the search but the results were mostly FS threads!
I’ve used flat pedals all my cycling life and never been tempted to try SPD/Clipless
Riding with the mrs doesn’t really warrant anything other than flats, but when i’m on my own or with mates hooing around like i stole the bike, i find a few times when i wish my feet were clipped in!
So please help me decide on a pair of SPD/Clipless, shimano or Times?
I’ve heard a few times that the time pedals are more freindly on the knees?
Oh and some shoes…
I Mostly ride XC…
TIAPosted 7 years agod45ythMember
I now use the Time Atacs after using SPD’s for years. There’s not a lot of difference really but I do prefer the Time’s. The cleat setup is easier on them too, you don’t have to bother about toeing them in or the sideways positioning…it makes sense when you compare the two.Posted 7 years ago
I can’t comment on the durability of them as I’ve only started using them this year. They’re supposed to last years though.lostboysaintMember
Crank Brothers Mallet. Great float, ridiculously easy engagement and release but still secure when you want it! Flat platform allows excellent support and you can nip to the shops or down the beach or whatever you want in an ordinary pair of flat shoes without a huge, painful lump in the middle of the pedal (you can just about feel it).Posted 7 years agomeehajaMember
trying SPD’s can be expensive, so I’d suggest cheap shimano pedals (505’s lasted 3 years) 520’s can be had for around £25.
Shoes are the awkward bit. they are stiffer than flats so can rub and be uncomfortable, force your foot to be in positions you may not normally put them in, and like all shoes, fit is important. I’d be tempted to get something cheap from ebay, see how you like it then invest when you know what you want.
I have some Scott shoes, which took ages to break in but are ace now (though heavily vented so definately summer shoes and some nikes that were given to me by a friend which are a bit loose but look like smart shoes(ish)Posted 7 years agocurlie467Member
Funnily enough………………Posted 7 years ago
Let me know what you think, open to offers.
I converted this year and actually really like it, the comedy falls havent happened much to my riding buddies dismay.cookeaaSubscriber
another +1 for M520 – Cheapest way to try SPDs out I reckon, got them fitted to my road bike and SS.
As for shoes that’s a very personal thing, you say your primarily riding XC so a good stiff sole would make sense then but brand wise it all come down to your feet, personally I get along well with Diadora at the minute (I also have some cheapo Aldi jobs which work well for me), another mate loves Specialized, another likes Bontrager and My dad likes his shimanos, my advice is go to a shop and try a few different pairs on, nothing beats trying them for size…
*All of course IMO…Posted 7 years agoPaulDMember
I offer you a pair of brand new Shimano M505 SPD pedals with new cleats and reflectors for £16.50 PPG….not as good as XT but new and with cleats.
I fill new pedals with grease before fitting, and have yet to wear a pair of Shimanos out…my roady has done over 50,000 miles on a pair of used M525s!
Mail me if interested.
paul.r.davisAThotmail.co.ukPosted 7 years agoMackemMember
Got these as a temporary measure and havent bothered replacing them, cheap and do the job very very well.Posted 7 years agorwc03Member
m530’s look good, think I’ll probably get some for when I build up a commuter
I’ve been using the xt trail pedals with no complaints for two months:
They’re slightly lighter, and have better sealing than the above.Posted 7 years ago
Cheers for your feedback guys..
I went for Time atacs XS carbon as they were only a fiver more than than standard XS @£90
Also went for Shimano M183N shoes from On-One £100
Was tempted to get some of the cheapo Shimano M520 to get me started, if i mess em up no big deal..Posted 7 years ago
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