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I wore my new cleats one time and when I got home from my bike ride I noticed the blue side of the cleat had broken off. Seriously?! After one use. You have got to do better with making these things. They are supposed to be durable enough to last a rider for a while, especially if you use cleat covers like I do. I have contacted the seller to see if he would replace so that I can have a properly working cleat. We shall see! I have included pictures of the cleat after my bike ride.
Definite upgrade from the high-float yellow cleats. Only downside is that you REALLY need your shoe/cleat/pedal fit dialed in. If you were off on the yellows, the float would let you adjust. Not so much with these. You will be able to tell if you are off after your first long ride. However...
Cannot recommend these cleats highly enough with a proper fit! Really locks you in tight for throwing the hammer down in sprints, but releases easily just as other SPD-SL cleats. The perfect balance between Yellow (high-float) and Red (no float) cleats.
Does there exist any competitors out there? Not that I know of! These work great.
My one beef with these cleats (and all SPD-SL cleats for that matter) is that they do wear out over time. They will easily last a season or two though, and like running shoes, are meant to be replaced.
I have DuraAce pedals and the cleats supplied have too much float. After a year and a half, I decided to try to these with less float. First ride with these cleats today and I loved them. 5/2/15 update. This first pair was great. Recently the blue plastic "tabs" that make contact with the ground when walking came off. I tried superglue but that did not hold them. I don't walk much peri rides, so this caught me off guard (never had this happen with previous cleats, ride roughly 4000 miles a year). I bought a new pair and will see if they hold up as expected or once again fall apart.
While made to look like these are authentic shimano products, these are counterfeit sham products. The first time I unclipped from my bike pedals, the plastic blue pieces popped off the outside of both cleats. Very poor quality. I've had real shimano cleats in the past and this never happened with years of cycling.