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Tech Talks: Pedal Service, Presented by Park Tool - Video

Oct 27, 2016
by Pinkbike Staff  
Tech Talks Presented by Park Tool


Tech Talks Presented by Park Tool is a monthly video series hosted by Park Tool's own wrench whisperer, Calvin Jones. The new series will cover the A to Zs of some of the most prevalent repair jobs, with the third episode showing you how to look after your Shimano and Crankbrothers pedals.

You already know that your pedals are an extremely important point of contact between you and your bike; if something was ever to go wrong, it could go really wrong in a split second. Worst case scenarios aside, clipping into a set of worn out pedals can definitely detract from a ride. Thankfully, looking after them isn't a difficult job so long as you have the correct tools and know-how. The former is up to you, but Calvin Jones is here to help you out with the latter.


Tech Talks - Shimano and Crankbrothers Pedal Service


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Need more Calvin in your life?
Episode #1 - tubeless tire installation and conversion
Episode #2 - saving that bent disc rotor
Episode #3 - derailleur hanger alignment

Stay tuned for more mechanical how-to videos with Calvin returning on the last Thursday of every month to show you the easiest way to get the job done. Want to know more? Park Tool's how-to section has you and your bike covered.

www.parktool.com / @ParkToolCompany


45 Comments

  • 77 4
 LOL, is it April Fools Day already .... one does not service a Shimano pedal, they just keep spinning year after year, hit after hit. Now with the Crankbrothers pedals though .... let's just say that those users should be very skilled at servicing and replacing bearings on their pedals!
  • 14 2
 Honestly after seeing how many tools are needed for the Shimano one I imagine it's cheaper and drastically less hassle to just buy new pedals. That is assuming that, like you say, the pedal even needs a service!
  • 14 1
 One day I'll probably need to service my original M737 SPD pedals that I bought in 1990. (And yes, they get daily use on my commute!)
  • 1 1
 @isaacschmidt could disagree, to a point...
  • 4 1
 Shimano pedals last 10 years without maintenance... shimano for the win
  • 2 1
 I've been riding lower end Shimano SPD pedals for two years. I've done nothing to service them and they still work perfectly!
  • 3 2
 @EDBProductions: looks like one specialized tool, the rest are pretty standard affair.
  • 6 4
 Alright, it seems I'm the only one in the world that has serious maintenance issues with SPDs. In one year alone I warrantied the same pedals three times (complete axle assembly). It seems I can't make a pair of Shimano pedals last longer than a year before they develop extreme play and or seize up. Perhaps those pedals from the '90's were great and lasted forever but the XT and XTR pedals these days just don't seem to last.

and @EDBProductions is right. Maintenance is a serious PITA. It's relatively easy to find SPDs for close to 50% off online. When I've inquired about maintenance (either having a shop do it or getting the parts) it was about the same cost as a new pedal.

I love the engagement of my SPDs far better than CB, but I'll be looking for something else (issi) for my next pair. Tired of wasting my $ on Shimano...
  • 3 3
 Crap bros suck. Shimano 4 life.
  • 1 1
 @corvus1: I've killed a pair of the base model SPDs... ripped off the dust cover early in the year. They rode great until about a month ago and after I bent the crank on a log they developed a hefty amount of play. Got over a thousand miles of hard riding out of them so I'm pretty impressed.
  • 2 1
 I don't know. I had some problems with the bearing units on my XT pedals last year. They wouldn't stay tight. Took them into the shop, and they took care of it. So far, so good. I've had good experience with my pedal over all, but I did have a slight problem.
  • 4 2
 Never had a problem with my mallets. Smashed off rocks, never serviced, no play, still spin as good as the day I got them. I've had them long enough I've worn out the cleats that came with them. That being said, after seeing this I may give them a service.
  • 1 1
 True !
  • 3 1
 @rickybobby84: same here ride Mallet since 3 years no services they take the beating lovĂ© them
  • 1 1
 @corvus1: issi is no bueno. engagement and release is iffy at best. best bet is shimano @ 50% off or look into time, xpedo, or possibly the speedplay syzr. all the adjustability in the cleat might be good for you especially.
  • 1 0
 @corvus1: Ihave a pair of iSSi pedals and I love em. Super smooth.
  • 1 0
 @EDBProductions: Haha yeah I'm not a fan of any proprietary tools but I felt like the list of tools required for the Crankbros pedals was a lot longer than the Shimano list!

BTW I've literally never done anything to my M647s but tighten them once a year. I've had them for 4-5 years and move them between DH bike and AM, smashing regularly.
  • 2 0
 One simply does not service a crank brothers pedal, one just replaces them when they break
  • 15 3
 How to service crank brothers pedals:

Step 1: remove from bicycle.
Step 2: deposit in nearest trash bin or scrap metal bucket.
Step 3: Replace with XTs, which don't even require that silly shimano tool.
  • 4 1
 Had the privi to meet Calvin at Cyclofest in Charlotte.....awesome guy, running a killer display trailer. Thank's Calvin for swinging by the Bikin' Dads Adventures bike rodeo, hanging with the crew and the encouraging words in moving forward. Keep up the awesomeness! #ParkTool @pinkbikeaudience
  • 6 1
 More How-To videos like this, please! (I tried to come up with the usual snarkiness that is expected here but failed. Sorry! This really is good stuff.)
  • 22 16
 I'm sick of Park Tools pedaling their wares on this site.
  • 16 4
 Can't blame them, they're just trying to crank out more product.
  • 21 2
 I'm getting tired of your complaining. I'm glad they spoke up to help all those poor crankbrothers customers.
  • 6 2
 @Arnoodles: Exactly, at least they are also providing us a Service with their Commercials.
  • 10 1
 Folks, these puns are screwing the comment section up. I'm not bearing it any longer. I'm off to the Park now and when I'm back, you'll have it fixed.
  • 1 1
 This talk helps me fix my pink bike!!! Off to my job at the tech park.
  • 3 1
 I was going to buy the cheap shimano tool to disassemble my pedals (same as the white ones in the video), but since there was a creaking problem with no play in the pedal, I decided on a ghetto solution that worked really well.

I drilled a very small hole in the splined plastic sleeve that the releases the pedal axle. I drilled between the plastic spline and the pedal body, about half way between the two, and only large enough to get my needle head grease gun to get in there. There's a few millimeters between the inner surface of the sleeve and the axle, so there's a channel to push grease through. I pump a bunch of light grease (slickoleum) through, and rotate axle, tap the pedal on it's end, rotate axle, push more grease... repeat. Then sealed the hole with a small band of gorilla tape and a really small cable tie. You can barely see that it's ghetto fixed, and the pedal has lasted as long as it originally did before creaking.

I fixed all 6 of my pedals this way, works great. Not a fix for a loose axle though. I still haven't encountered that in the 4 years of owning these.
  • 4 1
 Way to go, MacGyver!
  • 5 1
 I don't think i've ever serviced my spuds in many many years of riding. Still going strong with no play.
  • 2 1
 I service my XT pedals every 6 months, I only use 2 tools and grease. (Spanner & Allen Key)
I only clean the pedal body, and put in new grease, the new grease pushes the old grease out of the bearings when you screw them back in.
I have about 6,000kms on my current set with no issues.

Also buy marine grease for an auto store, $5.00 worth of grease will be enough for a lifetime of services.
  • 1 0
 For all those people who say something like "I don't need to maintain my pedals I just replace them" or "shimano XTR works for ages"... This video is interesting, useful and awesome! Because of my riding style I have a flat pedals. I have been riding them for 3 or 4 years already without maintain at all. But I watched the video with big interest anyway! So thanks ParkTools for all those videos you film for us I always watch them with interest.

PS: humor is awesomeSmile
  • 4 2
 I once tried to service my shimano DX pedals, i screwed it up so badly my friend had to redo it, and even then, it accelerated the process of buying new pedals
  • 1 1
 Hah! Well on the bright side, I've ran DXs for 4+ years and usually just replace fhem
  • 3 2
 I've had my fair share of issues with older generation CB pedals but the last few generations have been super solid for me. My DH and Enduro Mallets have been running strong with lots of use and no service.
  • 1 1
 I just retired my old SPDs that I inherited from the early 90's. They had never been serviced and were only retired because I wanted a slightly larger platform. Now i've got some shimano trail pedals and I bet they'll last just as long.
  • 1 0
 I only use the red shimano 636s. You know the Godfather of all clipless. I still have an original red pair from 1995, and several other red ones. I've tried other pedals but all they do is BREAK in 6 months.
  • 2 1
 idk u guys but i loove this tech videos ,they are like presents in a xmass morning lol Razz i really like them keep them coming pb!!
  • 1 0
 "And these are all the tools you'll need to service a Crank Brothers pedal" Yea f' that. Shimano's last for years and at least XT's are easy af to rebuild,
  • 2 1
 Great for those learning basic maintenance and getting to know contact points
  • 5 4
 Servicing Crankbrothers what a joke. Crankbrothers are Avids among the pedals.
  • 4 0
 nah not a fair comparison. I've never seen an avid fail as bad as an egg beater snapping clean off at the spindle. Happened to a guy I was riding with on Sunday.
  • 1 1
 Ive got cheap end Shimano pedals which have had for like man 10 years!!! Think if or when they finally go, just buy another set as cheap enough to do so.
  • 1 1
 NYC freeride glory hole pedals - 10 years old and spin like brand new.
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