My shoes are a really great pair of Sidi’s, but they take forever to dry (I have a feeling it’s windproof- great for autumn but I live in Singapore!).
So I was looking online for a shoe with tons of mesh, and the DMT Ladies Vision 2.0 2012 Road Shoes were on a nice 25% off, no fancy carbon soles or anything but they seem comfy and easy-going enough to take frequent training usage.
Adding them to cart is easy enough, but then I remembered I should get some cleats for them.
I’ve been using Speedplay since I started on cleats, beginning with the Light Action Pedals, and now the Zero. I like the float, and the adjustability of the float. BUT.. the cleats cost a mind-blowing US$50!
COME ON.. The Look Keo cleats are only US$21, Shimano SPD Roads are at US$28, and even the Time cleats go up to only US$26.
Yes, the spring tension is within the cleat of the Speedplays, and I agree that sure, they can charge abit more for the material used. But when the starter set of the Zeros are at $200 for a set of pedals and cleats, replacements of cleats at US$50 are such a… rip off.
The redeeming factors that have me still loyal to Speedplays are of the easy dual-sided entry of the pedals – super fast and no fumbling, a key factor especially when taking off at the lights.
The other pro/con will be the clunkiness of the cleat under the shoe while walking. Yes, it IS heavy – as I mentioned, the spring is within the cleat. I look and sound like I’m walking on heels .. cute? I wish! The upside is that because of all the metal bits, they turn out to be very long-lasting, with no risk of any plastic bits within the cleat wearing out or breaking during a ride.
First-time users will also find that engaging the cleat to pedal is really tough to begin with, but you just have to persist and within a week or so it should loosen up. My trick? I leave the shoes hanging onto the pedals once I’ve gotten the cleat in, just to sort of ease out the spring a little bit. You’ll find a “sweet spot” of entry, and then soon you’ll be pretty sure that you’re in..and you can interpret that in any way you like 😉
How’s a girl to decide? Here’s comparing what I love vs what I hate about the Speedplay Zeros
Love: Lightweight Pedals (103g), easy dual-sided entry, zero to fifteen degrees of adjustable float, long-wearing cleats
Hate: Heavyweight Cleat, crazy price
Neutral but worth a mention: “break-in” period, clanking thickness of cleat, small area of pedals possibly causes foot numbness
Guess I’ll be getting a new pair of shoes and cleats after all…. till then, ride safe!