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Frog Pedals Frequently Asked Questions
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- Why do Frogs look different from other pedals?
- Frogs were designed specifically for the conditions of mountain biking. Other clipless pedals systems have been adapted from ski binding technology for use with bicycles.
- Why are Frog pedals so lightweight?
- Frog pedals are lighter because of the simple design. Instead of having two complex locking mechanisms in each pedal, Frog pedals have only one simple locking mechanism located in the cleat. The system performs the same function as other clipless pedals but in a more efficient manner, and with the advantages of being lightweight.
- Is the weight of a pedal system important?
- Yes. All pedal system weight, like wheel weight, is rotating weight. It is twice as important to reduce the weight of rotating parts on a bicycle than it is to reduce the weight of non-rotating parts. An old bicycle saying says it all: "A pound off the wheels is worth two off the frame." The same can be said about pedals.
- How much do Frog Pedal Systems weigh?
- Frog Stainless-250 grams per pair Frog Titanium-206 grams per pair Frog cleats-46 grams per pair
- Can Frog pedals be engaged on both sides?
- Yes. Additionally, the rounded leading and trailing edges help flip the pedals to the nearest side.
- How well do Frog pedals work in muck?
- The Frog cleat has a self-cleaning design that works great in muddy conditions.
- How easy are Frog pedals to clip into?
- Frogs are the easiest to engage of any pedal system because the cleats guide your feet to the pedals.
- How fast can I get out of Frog pedals?
- Since there is no spring tension to overcome when releasing from Frog pedals, the Frog is the fastest and easiest pedal to disengage.
- Will my feet stay clipped in Frog pedals when I jump or sprint?
- Yes. Unlike many pedals that lock the foot in the cleat with spring tension and have been known to let go unexpectedly when the rider pulls up on the pedals, frog pedals use a true locking mechanism that locks the foot securely during the pull-up phase of the pedal stroke.
- Why is "float" important?
- The float in Frog pedals helps to prevent the type of chronic knee joint stress that occurs when a cyclist's foot is held in a wrong position. Frog pedals adapt to the cyclist's biomechanics, preventing joint misalignment and overuse injuries.
- How many degrees of lateral rotation do Frog pedals have?
- 20 degrees to the release point, and 6 degrees to the inside.
- Can the release angle be adjusted?
- Yes, the release angle can be adjusted slightly by rotating the cleat. Rotate the front of the cleat outward to reduce inward rotation. This will require you to turn your foot further outward to release. Rotate the front of the cleat inward to increase inward rotation. This also reduces the distance you must turn your foot to release.
- Why do Frogs have such a wide range of float?
- The wide range of float is a necessary by-product of a free float design. For safety reasons, a free-floating design requires a release angle greater than fixed pedal designs. Although the majority of riders will use only a few degrees of the available float, riders with serious biomechanical misalignments will use more. Keep in mind that Frog pedals do not cause a rider's foot to use the full range of float. A rider naturally uses only the float needed to prevent misalignment.
- How long will it take for me to get used to the free float of Frog pedals?
- It varies depending on what pedal system you have been riding, but usually from one day to two weeks.
- Do floating pedals waste power?
- No. Several independent studies have concluded there is no loss of power from float, yet float can be helpful in reducing knee injuries.
- Can I adjust the float tension on my Frog pedals?
- Frog pedals were designed to float freely and cannot be adjusted. Like an acquired taste, floating pedals may take some getting used to. After each ride you will feel more and more comfortable. Eventually, the unfamiliar feeling will disappear.
- Do Frog pedals provide an adequate platform?
- Yes. Frog cleats are larger and wider than other pedal systems designed for off-road use and offer greater lateral stability.
- Will Frog pedals fit all walkable cycling shoes?
- Frog cleats are compatible with all standard, walkable cycling shoes. Several non-standard brands currently available are not suitable for frogs.
- Do I need to modify the rubber sole of the shoe to fit the Frog cleat?
- Generally, no. See Shoe Compatibility Guide for specific shoes.
- Can I mount Frog cleats on road-style shoes?
- New Frog G3 and Frog II cleats are designed to be mounted on road-style shoes. Older version Frog cleats cannot be mounted on road-style shoes.
- I just installed my new Frog pedals and cleats, and I am having difficulty getting in. What should I do?
- Make sure you are not using a “kicking” motion when engaging the pedals. Merely place your foot on the pedal and then nudge your foot forward. Also, make sure the cleats have not been installed upside down on the shoe sole.
- I just installed my new Frog pedals and cleats, and the pedals will not engage the cleats. What should I do?
- Make sure you have used the Speedplay Frog mounting hardware that comes with the cleats. Hardware from other pedal brands does not recess into the Frog cleat and can come into contact with the crown, preventing engagement. Also, make sure that the Frog cleats are not mounted upside down on the shoe soles.
- I just installed my new Frog pedals and cleats, and my foot pulls out of the cleat when I’m riding and sprinting. What should I do?
- The cleat is not fully engaged on the pedal. Be sure to place your foot on the pedal and then nudge your foot forward. Listen for the “click” sound of the cantilever engaging. Also, see the Speedplay web site for information about the new Frog G3 cleat or call Speedplay at 800.468.6694 for Tech Support.
- How easy is it to maintain Frog pedals?
- The Frog Pedal System has a built-in grease injector port. A grease gun with a standard needle-type injector, available from Speedplay for $25.00, makes maintenance easy.
- How often should I grease the bearings in my Frog pedals?
- Speedplay recommends that you grease the bearings with a synthetic, waterproof grease every 2000 miles or more frequently if you ride in wet or dusty conditions. The Frog pedal’s built-in grease port makes greasing quick and easy. Remember, grease is cheap insurance and saves you money on replacing prematurely worn or damaged parts.
- What type of grease do you recommend for the pedal bearings?
- A synthetic, waterproof wheel bearing grease works best. Speedplay uses this type of waterproof bearing grease in its factory. Do not use thin viscosity grease, spray lubes, oil, or dry-type (PTFE) lubricants on pedal bearings.
- Where can I purchase waterproof bearing grease?
- Speedplay sells an industrial quality grease gun with a needle-type injector for $38.00 retail, which includes a tube of waterproof bearing grease. Refill tubes are also available and can be purchased from Speedplay.
- Where should the Frog cleats and pedal surface be lubricated?
- Lubricate all areas where the cleat contacts the metal crowns on the pedals, and lubricate the metal crowns on the pedals. Be sure to use a dry-type (PTFE)lubricant such as Super-Lube Dry Film, RD-50, DuPont Performance Dry, Liquid Wrench Dry Lube, Pro Gold or Finish Line that will not attract dirt and debris.
- What type of lubrication should I use on the Frog cleats and the metal crowns on the pedals?
- Speedplay recommends a dry-type lubrication such as Super-Lube Dry Film, RD-50, DuPont Performance Dry, Liquid Wrench Dry Lube, Pro Gold or Finish Line that will not attract dirt and debris. DO NOT USE A WET LUBRICANT! Wet lubes attract dirt and debris and effectively create an abrasive grinding paste. Additionally, be careful not to apply lubricant to the bottom of the cleats as it may cause the cleats to become slippery on floor surfaces.
- How often should I lubricate the Frog cleats and crowns on the pedal bodies?
- The Frog cleats and pedal body crowns should be lubricated at least once a week, however, applying lube before each ride will significantly prolong the life of the cleats and the pedals. Additionally, lubricating Frog cleats and pedal body crowns with a dry-type (PTFE) lubricant makes entry easy.
- Can I remove the inward rotation stops from my Frog pedals?
- No. This will void the warranty.
- Can I adjust the mushrooms and bushing on my older version Frog cleats?
- No. The mushrooms and bushings are factory installed using a special bonding agent. Adjusting them will break the bond and cause them to loosen and fall off. Speedplay’s new Frog G3 cleats and Frog II cleats have a rear set screw in place of the bushing that allows adjustment if needed. Additionally, the new Frog G3 and Frog II cleats incorporate the mushroom feature into the cleat base, eliminating the separate, bonded-in-place mushrooms.
- I hear a clicking sound at the top the pedal stroke. What should I do?
- Your cleats may be worn and should be replaced.
- Can I use the new Frog G3 and Frog II cleats with older model Frog pedals?
- Yes, Frog G3 and Frog II cleats are compatible with all models and versions of Frog pedals.
- Can I adjust the Frog G3 or Frog II cleat limit screw located at the rear of the cleat base?
- The limit screw is factory adjusted for optimal performance upon assembly. The limit screw is designed for adjustment once the crown on the pedal and the cleat develop some wear. The screw is held in place with a strong LocTite that is heat activated. Heating the screw with a soldering iron or similar heat source to about 300 degrees will allow the limit screw to turn easily.
- Can I use my older Frog cantilevers and red elastomers as replacement parts for new Frog G3 and Frog II cleats.
- No, the cantilevers and red elastomers from older Frog cleats are not compatible with new Frog G3 and Frog II cleats. Frog G3 and Frog II cleats and parts are interchangeable and have white elastomers instead of red ones. You cannot use Frog G3 or Frog II cantilevers and white elastomers in older Frog cleats.
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