Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Outside of Piladelphia, PA
Bikes: 2004 Jamis Exile; 2006 Jamis Ventura Comp, 2005 Fuji Aloha
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The thought of trying to mountain bike in road pedals scares me.
The tension is higher, hence harder to clip in, and more importantly, clip out.
Moutain bike shoes have treads and cleats. Road shoes are flat. I couldnt imagine trying to walk in a flat bottom road shoe with that monster cleat on the bottom of the shoe.
I can walk in my mountain bike shoes.
Those road pedals will be useless if they get caked up with mud.
If you're riding flat gravel fire road type trails, where you dont have to clip in and out alot, you're should be ok. If you riding technical trails, you need MTB shoes and pedals. You clip out in the middle of a climb, I dare you to try an walk up that trail with road shoes on. The shoes wont have anything to grab into because they are flat.
Mountain bike pedals are double sided. Look style road peals arent. Not that its a huge dealbreaker, but I actually use mountain bike pedals on my triathlon bike because I can get into the pedals very easy and I can run through the transition areas in my mountain bike shoes. Same would hold true on the trails. Its going to be a real pain in the arse. Heck some of the newer pedal systems, like the Eggbeaters, are four sided!!!!