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Thread: Clipless float?

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    Clipless float?

    Ok, I just tried out my new m520 pedals. I have to say the experience is not what I was expecting. I was able to twist my foot around a lot more than I was expecting. Is this the "float" of the pedals? I guess I was expecting to be locked in more.

    Do those of you that have these pedals experience a lot of twisting in your pedals?(subjective question, I know) I have them set at the lowest tension so they are easy to get out of. Don't get me wrong, they hold my feet good when I'm pedaling. It's just more ability to move my feet than I was expecting

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    I would say it's probably normal. I had an old pair of 505's way back and they were like putting my feet in concrete, comparatively. They may be more than the old clipless pedals you were using but I wouldn't say they have the most float of all the clipless pedals out there by any means. Try some egg beaters if you want to know the meaning of float. BTW, on those 520's up the tension and you will lose some of the float feel. But, your knees and riding skills will appreciate the float when you learn that you can maneuver your body around the bike a LOT more with the extra float.

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    well I consider float how much movement I have it takes a little effort to move around.

    The M520s have about 3 degrees each way I believe so not that much. Now you have to go to about 15-20 degrees before they fully disegage but they start clicking out before then.

    But that is just me. The Shimano pedals have the least about of float in them among pedals.

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    These are my first clipless so I didn't really know how they would feel. After I get the process of disengaging down I'll up the tension and see how much difference that makes.

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    I am not sure how loose you have yours. I have my tension set pretty high

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    which SPD cleats do you have? you might have the "multi-release" style of SPD cleats which I personally don't like because there is too much play
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    I don't really know. I thought the multi-release cleats were for a different model pedal. I'm using the cleats that came with the 520's.

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