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I'm pretty happy. Maybe I've ruined my Brompton a bit
on 3 March 2017
I have little to compare these too, except the Brompton pedals they have replaced, and the Look pedals that I used over 25 years ago.
Compared to the Brompton pedals, these are heavier, as the outers are not aluminium, so if you're trying to save weight, you are not going to. Also, you will lose the ability to fold the left pedal. However, the efficiencies totally outweigh this feature for someone that doesn't take his bike on the tube/train very often.
However, compared to my memory of the Look pedals that I had all those years ago, is that they're a little more difficult to get your foot out, and don't necessarily provide quite the same efficiency. But they do let you use them without having cleated shoes, without difficulty.
For commuting, these pedals are ideal. I went for some Giro shoes with a recess for the cleats, rather than a full road shoe, so both sides of this pedal work well. Riding without cleated shoes, it tends to be a 50-50 chance that when I stick my food on the pedal, I'll get the SPD side, but when riding with cleated shoes, I tend to take my foot off the left pedal near the ground, and the SPD side tends to stay up so that I can quickly click back in.
It's only been a week with them, but so far, I'm pretty happy. Maybe I've ruined my Brompton a bit, but with cleated shoes, everything is more efficient, even with the extra weight. In traffic, is easy to unclip, and use the other side of the pedal instead. Maybe not quite the same as I remember the Look pedals, but I'm happy all the same.
Update: They're not necessarily the best quality. After about 1000km or so, already getting a little clicky. Also, for longer rides, I'd probably go with larger cleats, like Look or SPD-SL that spread the pressure out a little more. But as a commuter pedal that gives you the option of not using cleated shoes, I'm still pretty happy with them, although annoyed with the clicking.