Not just a great off-road pedal system, Speedplay Frog pedals are ideal for road riders who prefer a recessed, walkable cleat. Like their amphibious namesake, Frog pedals are equally at home in dry or muddy terrain. Their unique cleats are virtually immune to clogging with mud or dirt, because debris is pushed out whenever you engage the pedal. This simple mechanism also puts an end to those infuriating falls caused by gunked-up pedals that won't release. You get out when you want to, and never when you don't. Of course, you also get all the advantages of Speedplay's other innovative designs: knee-friendly, non-centering free float; lightning-fast entry and exit; and phenomenal light weight. Whether you ride a mountain bike, road bike, tandem or 'cross bike, the Speedplay Frog can do it all.
Speedplay FROG Chromoly Pedals Features:
Conceived with the goal of bringing mountain bike pedal performance on par with that of road pedals, the Frog is the most versatile pedal you can buy.
Saves weight because the Frog has a single retention mechanism in the cleat instead of two redundant mechanisms located in the pedal like most off-road systems.
Minimalist design does away with confusing adjustments, because engagement security doesn't depend on spring tension.
G3 Frog cleat is stronger, more durable, easier to mount and compatible with two-hole SPD®-style road shoes.
Quickly and easily sheds mud, because debris is pushed out when the cleat engages with the pedal.
Tough resin composite body is highly resistant to impact damage.
Lightning-fast release puts an end to falls caused by pedals that won't disengage.
Phenomenal light weight: Chrome-Moly pedals per pair - 255g
G3 Frog cleats per pair - 50g
Knee-friendly, non-centering free float.
Stainless and titanium spindles won't rust.
Precision needle and cartridge bearings.
Built-in grease port for easy bearing lubrication.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous Great pedal
I use these on my 2 road bikes. I also have a set of Speedplay Zero's but much prefer these, in comparison they have a really light exit and entry which gives confidence at the lights as well as if the worst happened and I came off. The last thing you want is your legs/ankle twisted by your attached feet if you hit something. When you twist your ankle out your feet come off with literally no resistance like they're not even attached, yet they have never come off when I don't want them to.
Another positive for me is that I do quite a few tri's each season as well as the odd CX race, if you pick a shoe with a recessed section for the cleat you can quite effectively and safely run through transition & off bike sections. There's no chance of that with Zero's.
You cannot limit the amount of float with these like you can the zero's, although I do feel float is a big selling point of speedplay's so it doesn't bother me personally. You can limit how far inward your ankle can turn by adjusting the angle of your cleat on the shoe (within reason).
Also, there's no audible click or feeling when you place your foot in. Once you get the hang of it you can tell by your foot position and it becomes second nature, but I'd say there's a bit more adjustment time than with the zero's for example because there's a loud click and feeling with those.
Another negative for me is the price, not only for the whole system, but for replacement cleats, the speedplay grease gun etc. I feel the whole lot is a good £10 - £15 overpriced, but isn't that the case with most bike bits? :)
Overall I think this is a great pedal for triathlete's/CX/TT riders and anyone who is nervous about being trapped in a clipless pedal system. However with the seamless exit I probably wouldn't recommend them to a more serious roadie who might want to be out of the saddle sprinting on a regular basis.
16 May 2012
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