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I was comparing Shimano PD-5800 and the newer PR-7000 SPD-SL pedals. Judging from the metal contact plate on them, the newer model seems to have a far smaller contact surface area.

Is this correct judgment or are the metal plates only part of contact area?

PD-5800 SPD-SL pedals-

Newer PD-7000 SPD-SL pedals-

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    The premise of the question is: Does cleat-to-pedal contact area even matter? It’s not like your foot is only touching those small areas, there is a sturdy cleat and a carbon (or glass) fiber sole in-between. It’s important that the shoe doesn’t tilt, and for that a reinforced support to the very left and right like in the PD-7000 works best.
    – Michael
    Dec 28, 2019 at 7:27
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    @Michael Its a question for understanding the thing, not taking a decision. I've already purchased R7000 pedals. this is just something I found interesting as an observation and would like to improve my understanding about it. Dec 29, 2019 at 0:39

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The metal plates are only part of the contact area. In my opinion the 5700 pedals are SO good, you can’t go wrong with either model. If cost is a factor you will get years of excellent performance and durability from both.

There is a smaller rectangular raised section between the metal contact plates that also contacts the cleats.

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    So what else consistutes the contact area? Dec 23, 2019 at 9:33

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