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    Shimano SPD-R Cleats on Bont T1 Shoes

    Anyone using SPD-R cleats on Bont T1 track shoes?

    It doesn't look like they will work, but I would imagine a number of sponsored Bont riders would also use SPD-R pedals (Sir Chis Hoy for one I believe). Do they just get custom shoes or is there an adapter plate?

    Any help would be great! If not, what shoes are you using that work with SPD-R cleats?

    Thanks!

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    the shoes are drillable, you'll need to buy some new 'T' bolts from Bont - but other than that, there shouldn't be any problems with an SPD-R setup.
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    Hoy has used SPD-SL then LOOK KEO 2 Max in the last several years. All with straps.

    I haven't seen SPD-R on any rider's bike in years (photos or in person). It's old tech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    I haven't seen SPD-R on any rider's bike in years (photos or in person). It's old tech.
    there are some fast guys up here that have been racing for years & don't feel a need to change pedal/shoe systems... but the benefits of the SPD-R system can be found elsewhere with none of the quirky downsides.
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    If it comes down to a field sprint, you probably won't win, so don't let it.

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    What are you guys using/recommending then?

    I am currently using Time RXS, but after a couple of recent cleat failures and one trip over the bars at about 65km/h I am going to change.

    Mainly for sprints and Kilo, so I would like to be able to easily add and remove a single strap... I find having straps on for general track work (scratchies, etc) to be a pain.

    Thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMR View Post
    What are you guys using/recommending then?

    I am currently using Time RXS, but after a couple of recent cleat failures and one trip over the bars at about 65km/h I am going to change.

    Mainly for sprints and Kilo, so I would like to be able to easily add and remove a single strap... I find having straps on for general track work (scratchies, etc) to be a pain.

    Thanks guys.

    JMR
    Yeah, I'd ditch the Time RXS immediately.

    Shimano SPD-SL with or without straps or LOOK KEO 2 Max definitely with straps. The max release tension of the LOOK is like medium for the Shimano. So, as a sprinter, I would always use straps with the LOOK. Max on the Shimano are pretty tight.

    You can add straps with 2 zip ties per pedal. The zip ties don't bear any load. They just hold the strap in place. The pedal body bears all of the load.



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    See that bar in the middle of the body? You can loop the zip ties there.

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    I still use SPD-R on the track. I have a box full of them that I've accumulated from various people.

    They're great for the track-- you can make them so tight you have to take the shoe off, and you can adjust the cleat through the pedal if you have a second person to help. The downside is that they're harder to get into (even if set loose) just because they don't hang right, so they're terrible on the road, which is the main market. I originally intended to add straps to them, but it's unnecessary-- even most of the big sprinters stopped adding straps to them.

    I'm using some old Nike shoes that I got cheap that are made for the SPD-R cleats. When they finally die I'll probably switch to SL, but there's nothing wrong with SPD-R except you can't get shoes for them.
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    Thanks for the advice guys!

    I have ordered a set of Look Keo 2 Max... I'll give them a go and either stick with them or go to SPD-SL's.

    I like the idea of the SPD-R's but I think the shoe compatability issue will drive me nuts.

    JMR

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