Fixed or Float
Cheats, What is the different between Fixed or Float?
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Float cleats can twist in a 6 degree arc before they disengage from the pedal, fixed have a much smaller arc. It's a little easier for the novice rider to use floats because of the greater leeway you have in movement. There's also less risk of disengagement if you pedal action isn't exactly right with floats. Also they are a little easier on the knees in terms of stress during riding!
I've also been told, though have no practical experience of it since I've only used floats, that the fixed ones can only be disengaged by twisting your foot towards the bike, while the floats can disengage by twisting in either direction.
I might consider trying fixed but everyone with SPD-SL cleats at the cycle club I'm in uses floats.
2 years, 4 months ago