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    Default Chinese replica Speedplay cleats

    Like this one.

    Anyone tried them?
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    Default Re: Chinese replica Speedplay cleats

    Quote Originally Posted by Chik View Post
    Like this one.

    Anyone tried them?
    Why replicas? They're counterfeit copies of a patented design.
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    Default Re: Chinese replica Speedplay cleats

    I would buy them from Speedplay if they kept selling them. I've got a drawer full of Keep-on covers so they are already walkable as far as I'm concerned. And the genuine Speedplay "walkable" cleats seem to squeak intermittently. I haven't investigated to see if it's an easy fix, but it wasn't there before....
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    Default Re: Chinese replica Speedplay cleats

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbill View Post
    Why replicas? They're counterfeit copies of a patented design.
    Patent ran out? SPD will pretty soon iirc.
     

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    Default Re: Chinese replica Speedplay cleats

    I have a pair on my shoes right now. I bought them to avoid the squeaky walkable cleats. These don't squeak but they have a little slop in them. It almost feels like I didn't tighten my pedals enough. I think the cleat is the source of the slop but it could be the overall wear on the pedal bodies.

    Hope this helps.
     

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    Default Re: Chinese replica Speedplay cleats

    Quote Originally Posted by rabo View Post
    Patent ran out? SPD will pretty soon iirc.
    I haven't looked at the claims being made on each of the patents, but you're probably right that the claims embodied in these cleats were included in the patents that already expired. It would explain the sudden abundance of these Chinese goods.

    What's actually puzzling is the fact that the Chinese manufacturers must have thought that this is a business with sufficient scale to make it worthwhile. It's not as if it's a top-selling pedal system.
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    Default Re: Chinese replica Speedplay cleats

    Quote Originally Posted by houston View Post
    I have a pair on my shoes right now. I bought them to avoid the squeaky walkable cleats. These don't squeak but they have a little slop in them. It almost feels like I didn't tighten my pedals enough. I think the cleat is the source of the slop but it could be the overall wear on the pedal bodies.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks. My guess is that they made moulds / generated the CAD drawing from a pair of finished Speedplay cleats since they don't have access to the original master model or the CAD specs. What you're feeling is consistent with the typical results from a second-hand manufacturing process.
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    Default Re: Chinese replica Speedplay cleats

    Interesting that if you use genuine Speedplay Zero cleats with X1 pedals and vica versa you’ll die, but the knock offs seem to be good for both?
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    Default Re: Chinese replica Speedplay cleats

    Quote Originally Posted by Colinmclelland View Post
    Interesting that if you use genuine Speedplay Zero cleats with X1 pedals and vica versa you’ll die, but the knock offs seem to be good for both?
    Haha! Good point. I'm not sure if they're too bothered about product liabilities...

    Houston, which pedals are you using?
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    Default Re: Chinese replica Speedplay cleats

    I have the stainless steel zero pedals. The cleats look and feel good and were easy to install. Had they not come in generic packaging, they could pass as genuine cleats...minus the poor tolerance thing.
     

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    Default Re: Chinese replica Speedplay cleats

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbill View Post
    Why replicas? They're counterfeit copies of a patented design.
    Patents and counterfeiting are entirely different concepts and not directly related. You are mixing up with copyright.
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