The only option for me is to buy a set of Record pedals. I'm not frightened because I can get them for a fairly reasonable price, at least comparable to TIME RXS (2010), LOOK BLADE (2010) and DURA ACE (2010) pedals prices. But I have some doubts about Campy pedals:
1. EXISTENCE IN OBSCURITY: Why are they so widely ignored by pro-cyclists? I don't suppose they're of mediocre quality or have any flaws in design. ShimaNO, LOOK, TIME and Speedplay seem to rule the road cycling world. No Campy whatsoever. "Campy have not had much success with pedals and seem to have lost interest" - exactly! But why? What was the main factor that led to disappearance of Campy pedals from the world of road cycling?
2. SYSTEM: It seems too complicated (and expensive as well) to me. Am I right? Is Campy system somewhat more complicated than ShimaNO SPD-SL (this is the only system I'm familiar with)? "Campy has their own proprietary cleat system in two parts" - why not just a cleat and three screws + three washers like ShimaNO? Or maybe it just sounds so ominous but in reality it isn't so much sophisticated?
3. WEIGHT: A set of brand-new Record pedals weighs 266g (according to Campy site). It's not bad but I can easily find cheaper and somewhat lighter pedals of the same quality, for example: Ritchey Echelon 2010 (258g and way cheaper), TIME RXS 2010 (180 g per pair!), LOOK BLade 2010 (226g) just to name only three brands (but please keep in mind that I'm talking about the pedals and the prices I can find in my local store. Sometimes they give small discounts and that's why the prices of the models I've just listed are more or less comparable).
To sum things up, I want to buy Record pedals but without switching from my current SPD-SL system (by this I mean ONLY my SPD-SL Diadora Ergo shoes, not the pedals). To be even more precise: I'd like to retain my Diadoras and replace my ShimaNO 105 with Campagnolo Record pedals. Is it possible? Can Record pedals serve as an equivalent to ShimaNO 105 and be used with Diadora Ergo SPD-SL shoes, or are these two systems completely different? I fear it's impossible...
One more question arises out of this problem: what cleat system (beside proprietary Campagnolo design of course) is 100% compatible with Campy pedals?
DISCLAIMER: English isn't my native language so please try to be be understanding if my questions aren't clear enough. I'll strive to improve my techniques of conveying a message in the future posts...