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Old 05-12-21, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Badger6
If you want stiff, you're gonna pay for it. Specialized S-Works Recon are the absolute stiffest shoes I've ridden on an SPD-MT platform. I ride these shoes on both gravel and XC MTB. Big toe box (fits nice thick wool socks int he winter), with an upper that wears like a glove with two independent bead closures. No idea what they cost in the states, but I guess based on a 379Ä price tag here, they're gonna be north of $400. Worth every penny, in my opinion.
If you get the body geometry foot beds with tax you are around $500.

I know I got a pair. My only grip is that the BG foot bed should come with the shoe. Other than that they are amazing. Super stiff but super comfortable over many hours and miles. I don't even feel the need to immediately pull them off when I get back from a long ride. Totally worth the cost.
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I just sort of figured that heavy MTB shoes are the price you pay for a gravel bike.

I wouldn't be opposed to my Carbon Look Keo's and my correspondingly light Bontrager Classique's on gravel rides if I knew I'd never have to stop.

The run of the mill Shimano MTB with carbon soles work for me. I think they're fairly expensive new but can frequently be found in a Co-op or eBay with one single scratch for under $35. I've gotten two pairs this way.

I won't ride a shoe with discernable flex. I don't pay attention to stiffness rating but carbon seems like the best way.

I also ride single sided Exustar. They're basically SPD but lighter.
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Old 05-14-21, 04:39 AM
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Originally Posted by msu2001la
I just checked my order history. I bought my Sidi Drako SRS Carbon shoes (size 45) from Performance Bike in 2017 for $299.
I've never put them on a scale, but according to this review I found on Velonews, a size 45 weighs 380 grams per shoe, or 760g total.
I only Googled weight and price for the current shoe (version 2) which stated 550g and a list price of $499. Sometimes weights are quoted per shoe, sometimes per pair and itís often not clear which is the case. Given the many bolt-on features of Sidiís Drako 2 SRS, I assumed that - rather than being one of the lightest cycling shoes available, road or MTB - the quoted weight was per shoe. I may have gotten that wrong - sorry. I didnít Google the original version of the shoe in 2013 ($450 at the time) nor know what discounted price Performance had four years ago before their bankruptcy.

You got an awesome deal on what Iím sure is an awesome pair of cycling shoes. Like many of us, I wish Performance brick-and-mortar stores were still around!

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I find it hard to believe these weigh more than the Giro Ranger (the OP claims 630g for a size 46), but I've never put my Giro Ragners on a scale either, so I guess it's possible.
Also, I've never really thought about how much my shoes weigh until reading this thread.
My fault for not being clear in my original post; I didnít myself weigh any of the shoes I tried. I was only quoting claimed weights (which are usually for a size 42). The Giro Ranger shoes I tried on definitely felt much heavier than 630g for the pair.

In starting a thread about shoes, I had only wanted to share information and have a conversation. I didnít intend to flame anyone elseís choice of shoes. I certainly donít think the budget shoes I chose for myself (Scott MTB Comp Boa) are somehow better than shoes costing four times as much. Theyíre just what I chose as being the best overall choice for me personally where comfort, cost, and a Boa fastener were more important than weight and stiffness.

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Shimano RX8. Quite light. Very satisfied.
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I rode with shimano shoes for years and they were OK, I got a set of SIDI defender which are good in summer but cold in winter. and my last one, my favorite: Mavic Crossmax elite CM. just great, confortable warm but not hot, waterproof. I can spend the day wearing them even walk about... (I don't bother swapping shoes @ work when wearing these mavic)
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