The right fit is the best. How to choose Shimano cleats?

Shimano cleats

When buying Shimano cleats, you must be careful to find out why only yellow or blue cleats are included in the package and no red cleats. Is it because the color scheme is good? In fact, it is not. The color of the cleats is to distinguish the floating angle of the cleats. Today we will come to the difference between the three Shimano SPD-SL.


What is the use of floating cleats?


Floating means that when the cleat is clamped, there is room for fine adjustment of the foot to the left or right, which helps you adapt to the current pedaling posture, and can also solve biomechanical problems. For example, a foot injury or knee pain, a floating lock plate can help reduce joint pressure and make stepping more comfortable. But the floating angle is not easy to be too large, because it will affect the transmission of pedaling power.


How to choose the right cleats?


Before choosing the right SPD-SLcleat, you should first understand the middle position of your foot to maintain efficient pedaling. The feet of professional riders generally point completely straight ahead, while the toes of ordinary riders may point slightly inwards or outwards, or even because of injuries on one side of the body, the position of the left and right feet may also be offset.

Regardless of the angle, the purpose is to install the lock plate in the correct middle position, so that the left and right floating can be kept even, thereby reducing the pressure on the knees and other joints. But you may need to try and fine-tune several times to find the most suitable lock plate for your floating range.



Red - 0 Degrees of Float

Since the red cleats are not floating, they are always fixed in place after being locked, which makes them very suitable for sprinting. Since professional drivers are most concerned about power transmission, they have mastered how to avoid knee pain, so the red zero-degree cleats need to be installed in the most ideal position.


Blue - 2 Degrees of Float

The blue cleats have two floating degrees (one degree in each direction). The floating point is located at the front of the cleat, and the heel mainly slides left and right laterally. While moving in a small range, it can still provide high pedaling efficiency and allow floating The point changes slightly in the direction of the heel.




Yellow - 6 Degrees of Float

You said the yellow cleats are for leisure riding? In fact, it is also used by many professional drivers. It is characterized by a six-degree floating range (three degrees in each direction), which can move freely and reduce joint stress. The floating point is located in the center of the lock plate so that the feet can be pointed at various angles. When the lock plate is set to be misaligned, the yellow lock plate can also provide more room for fault tolerance.

If you have just started using the lock pedal and are not familiar with the lock operation and riding posture, then choose the yellow lock plate to start using it.


What is the difference between the floating point positions of the yellow and blue cleats?


The yellow cleat is centered on the axis, which is convenient for novice users to quickly find a comfortable stepping point. The front part of the blue lock plate is floating on the axis, which can help relieve the discomfort caused by the deviation of the installation position.


How to install the cleats?


If you don't know how to install the cleats correctly, you can ask the car shop or professional fitting service to make precise adjustments to the cleats when buying. Generally speaking, through phalanx positioning and stepping analysis, you can help you find the precise and comfortable point of the cleat.


When to replace the cleats?


When the non-slip rubber of the cleat has worn out or comes off, you should replace the cleat. The shedding of the anti-slip glue on the front of the cleat will affect the success rate of locking or even the failure to lock, and the shedding of the anti-skid glue on the back of the cleat will affect the safety of walking on smooth ground. Therefore, it is necessary to check the condition of the cleat in time and replace the worn lock plate.

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