Performance Forte Pro Pedals

3.46/5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $69.99

Product Description

Forged aluminum body, dual spring entry/release mechanism, sealed bearings, hollow chromoly axle. 4 degrees of float. Cleat mounts on SPD bolt pattern.

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by energetich20 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2009

Strengths:    Easy to clip in/out. Work just as well as any SPDs I've used (shimano, welgo, other performance.)

Weaknesses:    They fall apart.

Bottom Line:   
Worthless Worthless Worthless. Atleast I only paid $25 on craigslist. The platform came completely off the spindle about 300 miles after brand new. Not worth servicing so I'm moving on. I have 2000+ hard miles on another pair of Forte spds (the campus style) with no problems. Seems like I'm just breaking in the bearings on them. Whoever designed the "pro" really should take a class in mechanical engineering and figure out how to design a product that doesn't FALL APART. The bearings were still "stiff" and the platform came completely off. Trash!

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Favorite Ride:   Alp B'Luez

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist NOS

Similar Products Used:   Shimano SPD, Welgo SPD, other Forte SPD

Bike Setup:   Aluminum frame carbon fork simple road setup

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sirveyir a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2009

Strengths:    Low price (but going up), easy availability, light weight.

Weaknesses:    Listed above, outweigh strengths.

Bottom Line:   
I have owned 3 sets of these pedals since 2006. They are also sold as Nashbar Tourmalet and perhaps under other names as well. I have been very pleased with these pedals in the past, but wish to change my opinion for the same design/durability issues mentioned in other reviews. My complaint is with the screws which hold the clip to the pedal body. These come loose and I have broken the heads off of two screws now. I have also snapped the front off one clip. The pedals do easily lose the plastic bearing covers necessitating the duct tape fix mentioned earlier. I think I am about to have bearing failure on one pedal. I do not think I will buy any more of these.

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Favorite Ride:   Bike Virginia

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Performance Forte and Nashbar MTB SPD pedals.

Bike Setup:   '05 Cannondale R700 CAAD7 Triple w/ Ultegra & Mavic Aksium.
'03 Cannondale R5000 CAAD6 Team Saeco Si w/ Ultegra & Mavic Aksium.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jonrobin a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2008

Strengths:    Great pedal for the money.

Weaknesses:    Small platform but really not a big deal.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased these pedals about six years ago because, at the time, they were the only road pedals available compatible with SPD cleats and they were cheap. Have not had any problems what so ever. I average about 1500 miles a year consisting mostly of early moring 20 milers on weekdays and 50 to 100 miles on weekends. Adjusted the tension when I first installed them and havn't touched them since. Spraying a little silcone on the pedals once in a while keeps wokring smooth.

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Favorite Ride:   Any where in Cache Valley

Price Paid:    $49.00

Purchased At:   Performance online

Similar Products Used:   Early edition of the entry-level Time

Bike Setup:   Kestrel 200 SCi

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by majorpain1251 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2006

Strengths:    Very economical, lightweight, good cornering clearance.

Weaknesses:    Poor design with one tiny bearing.

Bottom Line:   
This is my second set of Forte pedals and my last. The run on one tiny shielded bearing. The bearing is on the side away from the crankarm. This bearing will fail. It is designed to fail. But since I prefer to have the option to walk in my cycling shoes there aren't that many options that compare with the SPD retention system.

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Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   early Look pedals, 2 sided Shimano SPD, Nashbar SPD road pedal,

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sevendy a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2005

Strengths:    SPD style. I prefer these, as opposed to Look and Speedplay pedals, which don't allow your foot to "roll" side to side. Also, it's nice to have cycling shoes you can actually walk in. Your anatomy may vary...

Weaknesses:    Many:

-Plastic bearing caps are easily lost. Fortunately, silver duct tape makes an invisible replacement.

-Two tiny screws hold the front clip to the pedal body; these loosen repeatedly and thread-lock is little help.

-One pedal had a deformed bearing seal which prevented it from turning freely. (Tiny ball bearing on one pedal appeared to be GLUED to spindle and I damaged it trying to remove it to fix the seal. Moral: if the pedal doesn't turn, send it back!)

-Like other people, I had a lubrication failure in the sleeve bearing which caused noise and premature wear. Check frequently for free play and be prepared to disassemble and re-lube (try moly grease).

-Wear on cleat can cause it to jam in pedal, preventing release. Good luck when you try to replace them---unfortunately, not all of the generic replacement "98"-style cleats have the same rotation or release characteristics.

Bottom Line:   
This is just one of a variety of road and MTB pedals using the identical retention system and similar bearing systems. The bearing involves a sleeve, which is prone to lubrication failure, and a tiny cartridge-style ball bearing---no Look or Shimano quality here! The advantage of these pedals is that they're light, inexpensive, and, for most part, work well right out of the box, but they do have serious durability problems.

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Similar Products Used:   Wellgo MG8. Very similar, but lighter and cheaper, and no plastic caps to lose.

Bike Setup:   Ancient Klein/Dura Ace

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