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    spd cleat compatibility

    Hi guys-

    Are there any other pedals I can use with spd cleats, besides Shimano pedals?


    (buying new bike, don't want to buy another pair of shoes and don't want to switch cleats every time I switch bikes)


    thanks-
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    there are several of them.... mainly SPD are not compatible with crank brothers, look, time or speedplay pedals..... I might forget others....but most other pedals are SPD compatible (Ritchey, Xpedo, etc)

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    Just get some spd's fitted to your new bike so you have the same pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    Just get some spd's fitted to your new bike so you have the same pedals.
    that's my worst case scenario. I have m-540s on my other bike, but I'm looking for something lighter for the new bike. So far, it looks like Ritchey pro v4 (275 grams= 75 grams lighter than the 540's for only about $15 more)

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    wellgo, xpedo, ritchey, and exustar all make spd pedals. some wellgos though use a different style of spd cleat that wont fit other brands of pedals.

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    Just as a side note and not to bash anyone...I think you are referring more to pedal compatability with Shimano cleats than "SPD" cleats. Pretty much all the shoe and cleat makers are using the Shimano Pedaling Dynamic (SPD) bolt pattern and can be called "SPD compatible" or "SPD cleats".

    In terms of compatability with Shimano cleats, I think folks have hit most of them I know of: Wellgo (some), ritchey, Xpedo and such. Crank Brothers, Speedplay and such use their own cleats and are not compatable with Shimano cleats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho Mike
    Just as a side note and not to bash anyone...I think you are referring more to pedal compatability with Shimano cleats than "SPD" cleats.
    that's it exactly. I ended up going with some exustars, btw.

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