Attach your cleats just right with the Speedplay Cleat-Fastening Screw Torque Wrench. The wrench makes sure you install your cleats to the correct torque, so your cleat setup will be secure every time you're in the saddle.
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I’ve used Zero pedals for 15 years. Love them, but my typical torque wrench tough to use on cleats, often under tightened the screws, leading to loose or lost screws under my clear covers. Problem solved. Highly recommend it. Used it on all three pairs of my shoes for different bikes.
Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I bought this with a pair of Speedplay Frogs and guess what - different fasteners on Frogs so this wrench doesn't work. Just make sure your Speedplay cleats use M4 fasteners and you should be fine. Competitive Cyclist was great about the return, even paid the return shipping - thanks!
Having four sets of shoes with Speedplay cleats this tool is a must have. Get the exact torque spec for proper tension, and release pressure accurately every-time. Works as advertised, and well worth it.
Nice torque limiting Phillips screwdriver. Great handle with a very good bit that fits #2 Phillips screws perfectly. I think it tightens tighter than I would have without it. With all this carbon fiber stuff, torque is critical. Nice to know that I am not over, or under-tightening these important fasteners.
You want your cleats just tight enough that they don't slip or loosen, but not so tight that the bolts risk over penetrating your CF shoe soles. It can be hard to find just the right amount of torque without worrying about overdoing it. This preset torque key helps by letting you know when you are at the torque spec for the cleats and their interface in the shoe. You should check your cleats for signs of loosening before rides. A loose cleat could fail to release quickly enough and punish you with a very costly crash. Checking and tightening is cheap insurance.
In my case on two pairs of CF shoes: 3 bolt with adapters Specialized Expert with many miles and a new pair of Lake 401s with 4 bolts, torquing the screws down with a screwdriver to the point where some significant effort would be required to screw them any tighter, was close to the torque allowed by this tool -- but a bit short of it. I was surprised that it took a few more quarter turns to get the bolts at the specified tension.
If you use any aftermarket bolts, such as those that come with fit kits, they are likely made of a softer metal than the original Speedplay bolts and are prone to stripping when subjected to higher torque (see picture). Fear not, the bit provided with this tool is made of a metal that is somewhat harder than both the Speedplay and aftermarket philips bolt heads. It is beefy and also magnetized for convenience. It seems to be holding up and not showing signs of wear.
Tool use is simple enough. Simply use a regular screwdriver to turn the bolts until they are close, then finish by using this torque key to turn them until they feel tight enough to you or the internal clutch gives way to indicate that you are at the maximum allowed torque.
Tool quality is pretty identical to that of the popular Ritchey preset hex torque key. If it does its job well and you don't tend to fiddle with your cleats much, you won't have to use it very much, but you'll also know that your cleats are properly mounted and your shoes should be safe from damage provided you did not use too long a bolt to begin with. Though it can provide some defense against well meaning error, it is no defense against stupidity. Thoughtfulness is required and at times, loc tite (blue) might be as well if your cleats keep loosening.
In the picture I provided, note the blue shim. I have two of those mounted on each shoe. Their purpose to roll my ankles out just slightly (bikefit states 1 degree per shim) for a more natural leg to pedal alignment. I have also installed the required thin steel plate CF shoe protector. The aftermarket bolts (steel) are just slightly longer on the raised side than the shorter side which uses Speedplay bolts (anodized).
[Because Speedplay cleats require frequent wet/dry pfte Speeplay lube, some may work its way into the bolts and nuts as well as the friction surface mount points for the cleat body resulting in cleat loosening and slipping. Though I like the feel and adjustability of Speedplay, looking after the cleats is an additional nuisance that must be attended to for safe use.]