Ergon TP1 Pedal Cleat Tool owner review

I received my Ergon TP1 Pedal Cleat Tool (Look Keo compatible) in January 2011 from eBay seller, dave.cyclesense for a delivered cost of AU$23.41.  This review reflects my experience with the TP1 Pedal Cleat tool.


Manufacturer’s Description

The first ever tool for simple yet precise Installation of cleats on cycling shoes… The Ergon TP1 allows the accurate adjustment of the three axis which are important when installing cleats. The fore/aft position, the stance (Q-Factor) and the foot angle. It is simple, fast and effective.

Initial Use

What Comes in the Box

What you get is the Ergon TP1 Pedal Cleat Tool, some stickers and an instruction book.  It is important to get the right tool for your cleats. Ergon provide our TP1 tools for Look Keo pedals (what I have), for Shimano SPD and SPD-L and for Crank Brothers cleats.

The tool comes folded, unfolding it opens it up to show the instruction book and guide stickers.  Pretty basic really.

Using the TP1 Tool

In my the instruction booklet is pretty much useless with poorly written instructions and advice. It lacks the detail needed to use the tool correctly.  Thankfully Ergon have a video which provides much better instructions and shows clearly how the tool is used.

To use the TP1, it is layed out flat as shown above.

The shoes are positioned on the tool and then moved to set the cleats to the correct position. This is where the video comes in handy.

Once the cleats are correctly set, it is easy to slide the tool over the edge of the table or bench being used to access the screws to tighten the cleats in the correct position. Bingo the cleats should be set correctly, right? Maybe not. It seems that further adjustment is likely after the initial installation.  That said this is where the tool comes in handy as it can be used to record the correct position for future cleat replacements.

I have only used the tool this once to replace my worn cleats, so yet to determine how useful it is when I come to replace these new cleats. I will update this post when that happens.


My first impressions based on an initial install of cleats is that this tool is maybe more gimmick than a must have tool in the cycling tool kit. Maybe after using it again to fit replacement cleats my view may change.

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