- The design and finish are on par with everything Speedplay produces, so that is a good thing.
- The cleats are complex in design and since the float is built in them, I will be curious to see how they function when gunked up in a muddy cross race.
- Mounting the cleats is straight forward, but you need to alternate the tightening of the screws as you are threading them in. Then torque them to 5nm.
- Adjusting the float is easy and even when adjusted out to the full 10 degrees, my shoes did not hit my crankarms.
- The tension adjustment on the pedals is easy, but as with any, if you tighten the release you are also tightening the engagement.
- To engage the pedals, it is a toe in first engagement. You can't just step down on them.
- The wings on the front of the cleats do a good job "guiding" your foot into the pedal.
- The float is not as "icy" feeling as the X2 or Frogs, as it offers a little more resistance. There is a shim included that you can install to free up the float friction. I will probably not use it, though.
- Engagement and disengagement of the pedals is more like a Shimano pedal than an Egg Beater, which to me is a good thing.
- The pedal body has a very open design and should shed mud quite well.
- There is a little more maintenance involved than some people might want, as Speedplay recommends lubing the cleat with a PTFE lube every 2 rides or after every wet/muddy ride.
- I wonder how much the replacement cleats will be and how often they will need replaced? Being steel, they should last similar to a Shimano and not wear as quickly as the Crank Bros brass cleats do.
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