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$85 Silca Titanium cleats

Old 12-16-22, 10:10 AM
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$85 Silca Titanium cleats

Anyone have these? Do they really last 4X as long (I could possibly see this in the case of brass, but steel)? Does the enormous weight savings make you go any faster?
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Old 12-16-22, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark View Post
Do they really last 4X as long
So they'll last 4x forever?
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Old 12-16-22, 10:35 AM
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So they'll last 4x forever?
Heirloom cleats. The last cleats anyone in your family will have to buy. Ever.
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Status!

If you have them, then your place in the grand scheme of things will be higher than others of us.

And if you have a Rolex even more.
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Old 12-16-22, 10:40 AM
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I've used Shimano SPD cleats on mountain bikes since about 1993, I think, and have used them touring and even the road bike for a few years. I have never worn out a steel SPD cleat.

When I'm on my mtb with Camelbak the total weight is about 240 pounds. I don't think a 24 gram weight savings would be noticed.
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Old 12-16-22, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Status!

If you have them, then your place in the grand scheme of things will be higher than others of us.

And if you have a Rolex even more.
You'd have to constantly unclip and show them to everybody.
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Old 12-16-22, 10:47 AM
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I'd expect the titanium to wear out as fast as, if not faster than, standard cleats. It's not generally used in high-wear applications.

But it won't rust! And you'll save a few grams! And it's not just weight, it's rotating weight! And it's Silca!!

(I asked for a couple Rene Herse tires for Christmas instead.)
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Regular cleats are $15. Silca titanium cleats are $85. So you'd be paying 5.7x the cost for 4x the lifespan. From that perspective this isn't a good buy.

This is purely a weight weenie item. The SPD titanium cleats save 30g over brass.

In the weight per dollar chart, $60 to drop 30g is on the high end of the scale at $2.66 per saved gram. This is roughly on par with someone spending $1000 on a set of wheels that are 385g lighter than stock. Of course cleats are a lot less bling than wheels, since no one even sees your cleats, and telling anyone that you purchased titanium cleats immediately outs you as a compulsive weight weenie who enjoys incinerating cash.

So... this is a tough one.
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Old 12-16-22, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
I've used Shimano SPD cleats on mountain bikes since about 1993, I think, and have used them touring and even the road bike for a few years. I have never worn out a steel SPD cleat.
I don't know that I've ever "worn out" an SPD cleat, but popping a new pair on once in a while does make the pedal engagement feel a bit more snappy. I replace my cleats every few years.
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Old 12-16-22, 11:15 AM
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~$2/gram weight saved. It is (barely) rotating weight. Will be harder on floors than brass (and roughly comparable to steel). (Edit: had a conversation regarding year end tax stuff, piles of paper on my keyboard and that keyboard ran away with this post and sent it. Sorry!

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Do they work with Speedplay X ? ;-)
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Do they work with Speedplay X ? ;-)
There's a genius marketing idea in there. Silca titanium cleats for Speedplay Frogs?
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My old school Shimano SPD cleats were so long lasting, that the bolts/screws holding them in place were so worn down, it was impossible to get an Allen wrench on them. Just think what the Silca bots will look like, unless they are made of unobtanium
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Wait, there is more:


Now we couldn't just stop there, but by combining 3D printing technology with this material that is 1/3 lighter than steel, we are able to achieve a cleat with internal lattice structure (called a gyroid) which maintains stiffness and strength while reducing weight to create a cleat set that is HALF the weight of a standard cleat set.


25gm reduction * 100 rpm = 180kg of mass not lifted per hour of riding, 90kg per leg!
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark View Post
Wait, there is more:
Now we couldn't just stop there, but by combining 3D printing technology with this material that is 1/3 lighter than steel, we are able to achieve a cleat with internal lattice structure (called a gyroid) which maintains stiffness and strength while reducing weight to create a cleat set that is HALF the weight of a standard cleat set.


25gm reduction * 100 rpm = 180kg of mass not lifted per hour of riding, 90kg per leg!
...I knew a guy who accidentally cut off his big toe, with an axe. He was kind of sensitive about it, though. So I never asked him if his bicycling was easier. Now I regret that.
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
My old school Shimano SPD cleats were so long lasting, that the bolts/screws holding them in place were so worn down, it was impossible to get an Allen wrench on them. Just think what the Silca bots will look like, unless they are made of unobtanium
You don't really think people are spending $85 on cleats and attaching them with regular steel bolts, do you?! C'mon... The Silca bolts are titanium.

You can definitely obtain all of this (the term "unobtanium" implies that the products are never actually available to buy, doesn't it? ). Silca will sell direct to consumer, plus these cleats are available at fine retailers like REI, Jenson USA, and your LBS (though they'll probably make fun of you) etc.
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Originally Posted by msu2001la View Post
I don't know that I've ever "worn out" an SPD cleat, but popping a new pair on once in a while does make the pedal engagement feel a bit more snappy. I replace my cleats every few years.
Today I sprayed my mtb pedals with WD-40 before I went for a short ride. Felt like new pedals and they have been bounced off rocks numerous times.
Have to admit I'm not super picky about bike stuff, just want it to work.
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Old 12-16-22, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
I'd expect the titanium to wear out as fast as, if not faster than, standard cleats. It's not generally used in high-wear applications....
This. Titanium is not as hard as steel, and will wear out faster. Whatever that means. I've lost track of how old my current steel cleats are. I'd see Ti cleats more as a status thing rather than as a weight savings.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
This. Titanium is not as hard as steel, and will wear out faster. Whatever that means. I've lost track of how old my current steel cleats are. I'd see Ti cleats more as a status thing rather than as a weight savings.
I wouldn't buy them, but I have had to replace spd's. When you run in them a lot because you're not good enough to hop barriers. You may have to run concrete stairs in practice or a race........it will wear down a cleat however recessed or not it is. If it's too recessed, it will make it too tough to constantly re-engage the cleat/pedal.

But that's maybe once every like 3 years or so? Given that, I wouldn't buy it unless I was making like 3x what I make in a year then it would become irrelevant as a cost.
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Status!

If you have them, then your place in the grand scheme of things will be higher than others of us.

And if you have a Rolex even more.
I have achieved that without either.
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Old 12-16-22, 05:16 PM
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This is an item for folks with a bunch of money who have run out of things to buy for their bike. The Silca titanium computer mount is in the same category.
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For the people who say they have never worn out their cleats. I bet you have.

That feeling when your shoes get a touch sloppy on the pedals, or chatter when you hit trail chatter. Iíve seen this be improved by using brand new cleats.

Iíve noticed it more on some types of shoes than others. It does occur though.

I donít think that an SPD cleat can wear out enough that itíll fail to hold though.
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They can start to become harder to disengage.
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These are for the folks who are on the waiting list for that $1000 Rene Herse rear derailleur that you have to have a bike custom-built around who need something to buy while they're waiting.
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Old 12-16-22, 07:51 PM
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What everyone is missing is the amazing vibration absobing nature of titanium. With those cleats, it will feel like you floating on a cloud as you power up the hills, they will offer an amazing ride how could you go wrong. Lastly as mentioned earlier, your rotational weight will be noticable less allowing for faster and easier acceleration leaving everyone in your dust for the town line sprint.
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