Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 30

Thread: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Bermuda
    Posts
    805
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    Does anyone out there have any time on the new spd-sl cleats that are shipping with the 9000 pedals? These are the blue tipped ones. Said to eliminate the side to side movement inherent in the yellow cleats and said to allow about 2 degrees of rotational float, pivoting around the toe of the cleat.

    How are they?

    I am curious to hear any feedback, since that side to side lateral play in the yellow cleats was what chased me away from spd-sl pedals.
     

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    977
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    Quote Originally Posted by bdaghisallo View Post
    Does anyone out there have any time on the new spd-sl cleats that are shipping with the 9000 pedals? These are the blue tipped ones. Said to eliminate the side to side movement inherent in the yellow cleats and said to allow about 2 degrees of rotational float, pivoting around the toe of the cleat.

    How are they?

    I am curious to hear any feedback, since that side to side lateral play in the yellow cleats was what chased me away from spd-sl pedals.
    Yikes, I need to pay more attention as I have not felt any side to side lateral play with my dura ace pedals and yellow spd-sl cleats.
     

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Bermuda
    Posts
    805
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    Pedal Float Test - YouTube

    This clip will show you what I mean. Right at the start you'll see the cleat get pushed laterally in the pedal without any change to the rotational attitude of the cleat (or float as we commonly think of it).
     

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    DC
    Posts
    16,876
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    Call me crazy. I like some slop in the pedal engagement. The built in slop, love saying that, feels good. The engagement is positive and does not rattle around. Best pedals evah.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    977
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    Quote Originally Posted by bdaghisallo View Post
    Pedal Float Test - YouTube

    This clip will show you what I mean. Right at the start you'll see the cleat get pushed laterally in the pedal without any change to the rotational attitude of the cleat (or float as we commonly think of it).
    Hmm. Is that only with the carbon version of the pedals?
     

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    803
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    The blue cleats come stock on the new dura ace pedals- but are available aftermarket and compatible with all spd-sl pedals.

    I've set up a few pairs and really like them. Float free cleats are silly (really) for 99.99% of bike riding. The tibia rotates during flexion/extension of the knee and the foot does need account for that if its connected to the pedal. The way I see it the blue bridges the gap for athletes who would otherwise ride fixed cleats. The float is a radial motion in one plane only- a good option for many.
     

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Bermuda
    Posts
    805
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    Quote Originally Posted by EDS View Post
    Hmm. Is that only with the carbon version of the pedals?
    No. it's inherent to the shape of the yellow cleat. I experienced it with 7750, 7800 and 7810 DA pedals when using yellow cleats. I eventually used the red cleats with the retention spring backed way off and that allowed a little bit of float.

    I am going to give the blue cleats a try and see how they feel.
     

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    317
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    Im glad they introduced these, I've been meaning to try some float again. Ive been a huge fan of the red cleats ever since I threw my speedplay Xs into metal recycling.
     

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Paris, TX
    Posts
    2,168
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    I recently went back to shimaNo pedals on my otherwise campy bike. I did it as a trial with some Ultegra pedals and they're really great, just the right amount of float. I'm as die-hard a campy guy as they come, but shimaNo really makes great pedals.
    I heart burnt bikes.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    129
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbill View Post
    I recently went back to shimaNo pedals on my otherwise campy bike. I did it as a trial with some Ultegra pedals and they're really great, just the right amount of float. I'm as die-hard a campy guy as they come, but shimaNo really makes great pedals.
    I agree, I currently have the fancy carbon DA pedals, but if you gave me the choice between 105 pedals and anything from another brand I would happily be riding 105's for the rest of my life.
     

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    CT
    Posts
    631
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    Quote Originally Posted by deepsix View Post
    The blue cleats come stock on the new dura ace pedals- but are available aftermarket and compatible with all spd-sl pedals.
    Do you know if the yellow & red cleats are compatible with the 9000 pedals?

    Thanks,
    -Jeff

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Bermuda
    Posts
    805
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    All spd-sl cleats are compatible with all spd-sl pedals. So you can use the blue, yellow or red cleats with the PD-9000 pedals.
     

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    9
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    I've got about 60 or so miles on them. I was running 105 silver pedals with yellow cleats previously. No problems at all so far with the cleats. I've been playing with saddle height, but I'm fairly certain the stack height on the 9000 pedals is lower than the 105s, so I've needed to lower the saddle. No complaints at all with either cleats or pedals. The spindle is really lovely.
     

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    victoria, bc
    Posts
    1,228
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    the 9000 pedals are identical to the 7900 pedals

    cleats are compatible

    stick with the yellow atmo
     

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    104
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    Why stick with yellow? Are 7900/9000 any better than 7800?
     

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    victoria, bc
    Posts
    1,228
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    yellow feels like shimano

    7800 is aluminium, 7900+ is crabon fribe
     

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Laahndan town
    Posts
    1,979
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    have been using the blue for a couple of weeks, didn't really notice any difference between the yellow and the blue but maybe my feet don't move much. Do notice the differance with red however.... much more like theold nailed in cleats with beartraps and toestraps feeling.....showing my age.....

    blue is a nicer colour..... just sayin'
     

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Deschutes
    Posts
    580
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    I'm a big fan of them.
    the blue is certainly nicer - a bit more firm without being 100% locked in.

    I like them, but currently have too many pairs of yellow cleats laying around to justify tossing them all and moving to blue quite yet (poor bike shop employee problems)
    I figure by the end of this year I'll be moved over.
     

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    1,915
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    I'm using them and I'm getting on alright with them, but I almost wish they had just one more degree (or even half a degree more) of float - they feel like they're that close to zero float that they almost might as well be, and it makes for quite a jump from the yellow cleat.

    Currently undecided if I'll stick with them or will switch back.
     

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Coquitlam, British Columbia
    Posts
    10,840
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shimano SPD-SL Blue cleats - Anyone got any time on them?

    Quote Originally Posted by RichTheRoadie View Post
    I'm using them and I'm getting on alright with them, but I almost wish they had just one more degree (or even half a degree more) of float
    Just take a file and remove some plastic from the spot on the cleat that restricts the movement.

    I'd like to try the wide q version, of the 9000 pedals since I already have a couple of washers between
    my crank and pedal axle. Does anyone know if the +4mm longer axle is really
    each axle is that much longer, or is that for the pair?

    G
     

Similar Threads

  1. TIME Roc ATAC & TIME XS Carbon ATAC - same cleats?
    By fixednwinter in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 12-20-2012, 02:51 PM
  2. Time RXS carbon road pedals + cleats
    By big shanty in forum Classifieds Classic
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-14-2012, 07:41 PM
  3. FS: New Handlebra Cobalt Blue w/ Lt Blue Stitching
    By Uncle Jam's Army in forum Classifieds Classic
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-23-2011, 11:30 PM
  4. FS: Shimano Dura-Ace 7810 pedals and cleats
    By Mat in forum Classifieds Classic
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-06-2011, 01:35 AM
  5. Blue Blue Electric Blue
    By corko in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-25-2010, 11:12 AM

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •