Ritchey Logic Pro Road Pedals
Several posts have complained about hard hard release. I bought my Ritcheys used without cleats. I stuck the pedals on my bike, and put on my Shimano mountain bike shoes with SPD cleats.
They clipped right in and are easy get out of. I have been using them for over a year now and love them.
Strengths: I don't know how much use they got since I bought the bike used, but so far they seem durable, they're light weight, easy release, don't release unexpectedly, and have good turn clearance.
Weaknesses: Bottom line, these pedals are hard to get into, they're unweighted, and it is hard to access the bearings for rebuild.
These came on an older Trek 2100 Pro, which as some may remeber, was one of the first composite framed bikes on the market. I've been touring and commuting several times a week since I got it, with a couple of longer rides thrown in.
The pedals are one sided entry, hard to get into, not weighted so they inevitbly flip upside down when starting off from an intersection, and I experience hot spots on longer rides. I would not buy these again, in fact for the same amount of money I've seen reviewers here paid, I'd switch all my bikes to Crank Bros Egg Beater C's, which are infinitely superior pedals for lots of reasons.
Bike Setup: I set this bike up as a touring/commuter with a nice steel Salsa quil riser stem, Italia Gel Flow seat, and gel inserts under the cork bar tape. I also changed to a 13-26 7-speed hyperglide cassette and 38T Ultegra small chain ring for hill climbs and an STI shifter for the right side only. Other than that, it's stock with Shimano 105 everything and has a nice, classic ride.
Strengths: Light weight, smooth bearings, low cost, high reliability/durability - I'd buy them again.
Weaknesses: Entry is not as fast as some, but then I don't spend too much of my time while training or racing getting into and out of my pedals, so for me, it's not a big deal.
I bought these to replace a pair of Performance RC-7 pedals (which have an unbelievably cheesy plastic sleeve bearing in near the crank arm - but that's another story). I've put about 2000 miles on these pedals and they still spin smoothly (on nice needle bearings). The release mechanism is consistent except when they get really gritty - then they're pretty hard to get out of. Their default postion is with the release facing down, so you have kick the tip of the pedal to spin it around before you can step in - not as easy as some, but I find it a minor inconvenience. I've looked the mechanism over pretty carefully and can't find reasonable explanations for some of the other reviewer's complaints - except for one: don't lube the exterior mechanisms (release) with oil or grease since it will attract dirt which will interfere with mechanism. Use silicone instead and wipe off the excess. Overall though, the fit, finish and function of these pedals are excellent - a really good deal.
Bike Setup: Mavic wheels, Specialized Saddle, Carbon/Alloy Stem
a Recreational Rider
from Huntington, IN, USA
Date Reviewed: January 18, 2004
Strengths: Overall this is a light, cool-looking pedal that functions well and has held up to some pretty hard abuse (riding in bad weather & lots of out-of-the-saddle climbs).
Weaknesses: 1) Assembled with way too much grease?
2) Not weighted
3) Difficult access to spindle nut
I have used these pedals for 2 seasons and they have been trouble-free. The cleats have a noticeable engagement, and I have never pulled out by accident. I like the light weight and the extra cornering clearance (good for crit's).
I do have three negative issues with this pedal, though:
1) During the first few hundred miles, a lot of grease got past the seals and on to the spindles. There is sufficient grease still inside the pedals, so I think it was excess grease being forced past the seals.
2) The pedals are not weighted. When changing over from a Look-style system this was a bit frustrating at first. Sometimes, the pedal is upside down when the crank arm is in the position I use to clip in. I have become accustomed to this and it is no longer a problem after 2 years. Like with anything else you learn to adapt.
3) To dis-assemble these pedals for servicing, you need an ultra-thin walled socket to loosen the spindle nut on the outboard side of the pedal.