Know the rules The Paceline Forum Builder's Spotlight


Go Back   The Paceline Forum > General Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-01-2004, 12:48 PM
Climb01742 Climb01742 is offline
needs adult supervision
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Concord, MA
Posts: 13,447
Lance pedal question

does anyone know how the DA and Ultegra versions of shimano's SPD-SL pedals differ? i have four DA pairs and one Ultegra, and out on the road, the only difference i can tell is the ultegra model's float feels freer, easier, looser. which i like. all of my DA pedals float, sure, but not as freely. and yes, they're all adjusted to the same amount of release pressure. do i just have a "loosy goosy" pair of ultegra's or do all ultegra's float more easily? i used to ride speedplays, so free-floating float is, to me, a good thing. thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-01-2004, 01:05 PM
DonG
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I haven't ridden the DA version but I think the float and the "finish" are the only difference. They are sweet aren't they!!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-01-2004, 01:08 PM
mavic1010 mavic1010 is offline
"Quasi" Dealer
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 728
are you referring to the 7750 or the 7800?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-01-2004, 01:15 PM
Kevin Kevin is offline
Elizabeth and Jenny's Dad
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 3,607
Climb,

Why did you stop using the Speedplays? I have used them for three years and like them very much. Just curious.

Kevin
__________________
"Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill" - Fausto Coppi

"Never use your face as a brake pad" - Jake Watson

"You never have the wind with you - either it is against you or you are having a good day." - Daniel Behrman
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-01-2004, 01:34 PM
Climb01742 Climb01742 is offline
needs adult supervision
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Concord, MA
Posts: 13,447
mavic: you've got me there. i got them all in 2003. does that help?

kevin: i really liked the speedplays, but i had one problem: i'd get a hotspot on my foot right over the pedal. it was a comfort issue, not performance. but i may dig out one of my old speedplays and do a little side-by-side float comparison. the spd-sl are great, no hot spots, good wide base. just miss a bit of the speedplay float.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-01-2004, 02:17 PM
yarg yarg is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: delmar ny
Posts: 409
On the subject of the new shimano peadals - Where do you get the longer cleat bolts for needed for shoes other than shimano? I got a pair of Ultegra pedals for x-mas and can't locate the longer bolts at the lbs or on the shimano web site.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-01-2004, 03:27 PM
H.Frank Beshear's Avatar
H.Frank Beshear H.Frank Beshear is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Moline IL
Posts: 1,363
Yarg. Check the hardware store I swap mine out for stainless steel with an allen head. Take a bolt with you to compare threads and length.Frank
__________________
shift first then move
don't be there, when it gets there
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-01-2004, 03:30 PM
BumbleBeeDave's Avatar
BumbleBeeDave BumbleBeeDave is offline
Post Mod-ern
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The end of the road . . .
Posts: 19,317
Hey Yarg . . .

I am over in Schenectady and have had good luck for stuff like that just going to the hardware store. In particular, Burnt Hills Hardware seems to have an excellent selection of metric bolts with a variety of lengths and guages. I know that is a bit of a drive for you, but in case you canít find it anywhere else.

BBDave
__________________
--- __0 __0 __0
----_-\<,_ -\<,
_(_)(_)/_(_)/ (_)
A thing of beauty is a joy forever--Keats
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-01-2004, 05:54 PM
dnovo dnovo is offline
Chomp The Wonder Beaver
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Pleasant Prairie, WI /Chicago, IL
Posts: 855
I am using both the Ultegra and the DA versions of the SPD-SLs and have not noticed any differences in 'float' with the pedal release tension set at the same spot. Could be particular to the actual set you are using. I recall speaking to a Shimano rep who said the bearings/spindle and the finish were the only real differences, so other than weight and looks, they should function the same. Dave N.
__________________
Time wounds all heels
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-01-2004, 06:03 PM
Climb01742 Climb01742 is offline
needs adult supervision
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Concord, MA
Posts: 13,447
dave, it is strange, because the difference is noticeable. same shoes, so the only variable is the pedal.

do you find the Q factor float or movement a little odd at moments? sometimes i find the the float laterally of the heel is hindered slightly by the movement side to side of the toe/cleats Q factor. with my old speedplays, since the cleat was the stationary pivot point, the heel seemed to float easily. having two points that cab float/move on the SPD-SL -- the Q and the heel -- can be, well, odd at moments. not bad, just odd.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01-01-2004, 06:11 PM
dnovo dnovo is offline
Chomp The Wonder Beaver
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Pleasant Prairie, WI /Chicago, IL
Posts: 855
Never used the Speedplays, so couldn't say. I find the SPD-SLs close in use and feel to my Look 396s, just lighter and more positive in entry and exit. I honestly can't feel any functional differences in float or anything else between the DA and Ultegra versions. Dave N.
__________________
Time wounds all heels
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.