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Help: Ideas Adapting SPD-SL Cleats Rearward Beyond Designed Range

Old 08-23-14, 06:17 PM
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Help: Ideas Adapting SPD-SL Cleats Rearward Beyond Designed Range

I just moved from SPD and MTB pedals to new SPD-SL for a pair of nicely fitting new road shoes and Shimano carbon 105 pedals for my Specialized Secteur. The new road shoes don't allow me to move the cleat as far rearward as far as I'd like. The most rearward cleat position still has the ball of my foot directly over the axle. My old SPD MTB shoes had more flexibility in their position. I like the ball of my foot just slightly forward of the axle to keep my toes from going numb.

Under the inner liner the inner mounting bolts in the new shoes are recessed into a formed plastic surround that does not easily permit me to just drill and reposition the inner mounting bolts. Now I'm looking at the cleats and wondering if there's a way to adapt them beyond the Shimano nut and rectangular washer recesses. I need the cleats to position about 8-10mm more rearward. I'm thinking about custom carving the cleats and using some kind of special washers or something to adapt them to my purposes.

Maybe someone makes a cleat that's a good substitute for the Shimano SH11's. I don't know.

If anyone else out there has had to do the same thing and can offer me some advice, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks for your help!
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Cleat positioning article. [Archive] - BentRider Online Forums

POWER TO THE PEDAL ? CLEAT POSITION Bike Fit Feet Steve Hogg's Bike Fitting Website
http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/a...leat_shoes.jpg (4 cleats - BentRider Online Forums)

I never did this to my shoes though, but I was about ready to, until I discovered mid-sole pedaling position was better in tennis shoes than it was in my cycling shoes.
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