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Bob G.

Bob G.

Bob G.

Bob G.wrote a review of on January 25, 2017

4 5

I switched from SPD's 10 years ago. I have the X5's and love them.
I love the float and how secure they feel. They're very easy to get out of when you need to. FYI- twice I was involved in accidents and the pedals let go without injury related to release, one time I bent the retention spring and had to replace the cleat (fine with me).
In 8 years I had to replace the bearings, impressive considering I maybe lubed them twice in that time.
The manufacturer says to replace the cleats every 5K miles. I have not been able to get 5k miles because the cleats wear out. They don't wear out from riding, but from walking. I purchased the pads that allow walking and carry them with me religiously in case of flat or equipment failure. I don't use them when I walk from my garage to get on my bike. After 200 or so rides this is enough to wear them out. use the pads as much as possible or you won't even get that far and you'll need a Dremel tool to get them off because the screw heads wear down.
I love my Speedplays. Oh yeah, crazy clearance too. I've never hit my shoe while pedaling through a corner (jinx).
I do wish the retention plates were more durable.
To be fair, Speedplay does offer a cleat that is walkable, had I known I would not have invested in the less expensive X5's

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Bob G.

Bob G.wrote a review of on September 23, 2016

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5 5

I wanted to replace the FSA SL-K 11sp crank (590g) on my Cannondale with the Ultegra Hollowtech II (620g) because I thought it would be cheaper than buying new chainrings for the FSA. It isn't, if you really hunt for a good deal (oh well). The spacers fit the BB30 perfectly, but they were too wide. I didn't expect this because they talk about the possible need for spacers @ wheelsmfg.com. Too wide meant that the left crank didn't fully engage with the spindle so I took 2mm of the drive side and 5mm off the left side. The spacers are made out of Delron so it wasn't that difficult (took me about an hour with a hand scroll saw, rasp and wet sand paper). Not exactly what you want to do with a brand new product, I know. But I got a perfectly centered crank. The Ultegra's and spacers look great, the left crank is fully engaged, and the ride after 100 miles is perfect.
I left the bearing dust covers off because the spacers do a nice job and I would have had to make them even thinner had I left them on.

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