Speedplay X/5 Pedals

4.17/5 (18 Reviews)

Product Description

-Easy dual-sided entry: no kicking it over, no looking down, no fumbling.
-Non-centering free float minimizes the potential for knee strain.
-Unbeatable cornering clearance: X/5 - 35 degrees.
-Large contact area, extremely stable cleat-to-shoe connection.
-Compatible with virtually all 3-hole and 4-hole shoe mountings.
-220 grams

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by sanrem87@gmail.com

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2014

Strengths:    Superb natural float. A cliche I know but you do feel part of the bike with these pedals. Reasonably light (inc cleats) for the price. Very smooth barings which in my experience have lasted well. Double sided pedals on a road bike is very nice.

Weaknesses:    Pain to set up as you in effect have 2 lots of adjustments to make on both the cleats and the cleat/shoe mount. Get anything stuck in the cleats and you can expect to take 20 mins to clean them, even a tiny amount of grit and you are history. Cleats are made of the softest metal known to humanity, you can literally feel the cleats waring away as you walk on them, so covers are a must. I have the coffee stop covers and they continually fall off, you can spend more time waring your cleats away looking for them than actually riding. Cleats are very expensive. Grease can leak.

Bottom Line:   
Overall a good pedal with great float but the cons out weigh the pros big time! So much so I am changing to Look or Time soon.
If you have dodgy knees and like double sided pedals, go for it. If not, DON'T!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by rt5000 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2010

Strengths:    - Ease of entry
- Low initial cost--the x5 has very - respectable total weight for only $115.
free float (though that is a taste thing)

Weaknesses:    - bearing maintenance required
- Constant presence of grease on the pedals, providing a dork tattoo just by brushing your leg against the pedals.
- Cleats are extremely intolerant of dirt contamination. If you step in mud you're toast--and they're hard to clean without disassembly.
- very hard to walk on without cleat covers.
- hot spots when riding from the small pedal contact point.
- short life--bearings or bow ties are gone in 8 - 10,000 miles.

Bottom Line:   
These are easy to use, a decent value, and a great first clip-in pedal. Just push down and you're in. They are priced competitively with other pedals, but if you're comparing weights with other pedals, be sure to compare the cleat weights. Since the spring is in the cleats, and most installations require 7 screws per shoe, the speedplay cleats weigh about 20 - 40 grams more most others. Speedplay asserts that from a surface contact standpoint you need to look at the cleat size and not the miniscule pedal. However the cleat doesn't really disperse the pressure across your foot--all the pressure is on that tiny lolly pop. I've gotten hot spots often from the small contact area.

I've used speedplay x-series for years, but got tired of the hot spots, the perpetual presence of grease that oozes out of the pedal body, and the short life of the cleats, pedal bearings, and bow ties.

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Price Paid:    $115.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimano SPD; Time iClic (ooh ahh)

Bike Setup:   Trek 5000 with Ultegra

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Little Bunny Foo Foo a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2009

Strengths:    Lots of float. I don't have crankbending power, but they're good for ameture racers like myself.

Weaknesses:    Requires constant attention.
Cleats are not very cheap and need regular replacement.

Bottom Line:   
My favorite pedal. Period and end of story. I've never come out of the pedals and they're fairly easy to get into. Setup is easy and straight forward. Pedals are also rebuildable if they happen to wear out (I'm not sure how many miles this would take). One thing, though is that these pedals do require a fair amount of maintenance compaired to everything else I've ever used. Keep the pedals full of grease and remember to frequently lube the cleats with a dry wax type lube. This will help keep the bearings and pedals nice and tight and will allow the cleats to snap in easily.

I rated them a 4 for value because even though they are slightly pricey, they're much better for the purpose than my Crank Bros pedals (another free floating, high quality pedal) and only slightly more expensive. Also, new cleats must be purchased every 5,000 miles or so.

Gave it a 4 overall just because of the amount of attention they need. If they needed less I would have no problem giving them a 5.

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Favorite Ride:   Anything with the temp over 80 degrees and not rainy or windy.

Price Paid:    $105.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop Kenosh

Similar Products Used:   Crank Bros Candy C, a bunch of other SPD junk, both Shimano and generic

Bike Setup:   Felt F90 with basically no stock parts.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by marxman13 a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2009

Strengths:    Durable Cleats
Easy entry and release
Unlimited float
Double sided

Weaknesses:    Cleats get damaged walking off the bike, but the little cleat caps solve that.

Bottom Line:   
Was recommended a set of these for knee problems seeing as they have unlimited float. I have used the on 2 bikes so far and intend to stay with speedplays.

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Favorite Ride:   Cervelo P2C

Similar Products Used:   SPD

Bike Setup:   Felt F65, SRAM components, Mavic wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tifighter a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2008

Strengths:    quiet/durable cleats
easy to setup
low stack height
excellent cornering clearance
easy on the joints

Weaknesses:    I'm nitpicking; they assume blue will match everyone's bike. Color choices are available on Light Action. Might check those out when this pair gives up the ghost

Bottom Line:   
Switched from Looks to Speedplay X3's. X3's were the best pedals I've had. Speedplay discontinued them and came out with this version. I'm just as pleased. Cleats are far more durable than Looks. I get about 5,000 miles per pair. Setup is simple; you don't have to worry about cleat rotation when you mount them. Unlike Look cleats, these will never squeak. Stack height is low, which translates into greater power transfer. Corner clearance is excellent. Entry and release are a snap, and tension is independent of release. They hold your foot securely. I find free float to be less stressful on my knees, because a spring doesn't force you to rotate back to center. They're superlight and trick for such a small pricetag. Haven't had any maintenance issues. If you have joint problems, buy these; heck, buy 'em even if you don't.

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Favorite Ride:   at least 100 miles

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   performancebike.com

Similar Products Used:   various Look models

Bike Setup:   You're not interested in reading about my overweight workhorse parts equipped road bike that sees more mileage than my car.

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