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How many of you guys use MTB shoes?

Old 05-16-05, 12:55 AM
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How many of you guys use MTB shoes?

Seriously thinking about swiching to speedplay frogs and some decent MTB shoes. Tired of sliding around at interesections and sick of plutting on cleat covers if I want to go into a convenience store.
Any downsides to doing this?
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Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
Seriously thinking about swiching to speedplay frogs and some decent MTB shoes. Tired of sliding around at interesections and sick of plutting on cleat covers if I want to go into a convenience store.
Any downsides to doing this?

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I have mountain bike shoes on my beatup racer which I ride to and from shops for its walkability.You lose a bit of solid feel comparing to the proper road shoes,but it isn't too bad afterall.One plus side is you can jump off the light much quicker than with road cleats which in my case is the LOOK system.
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Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
Seriously thinking about swiching to speedplay frogs and some decent MTB shoes. Tired of sliding around at interesections and sick of plutting on cleat covers if I want to go into a convenience store.
Any downsides to doing this?
Hey, did this for awhile. So long as I got comfortable standing up on the Frogs (and their famous ice-skating rink feel), it wasn't a bad solution for commuting.
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i wear Answer Impacts mountain... the soles are stiff as hell yet quiet and walkable... theyre a great compromise and my friend now wants a pair
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If you want to switch to a pedal system that lets you use both a recessed cleat shoe and a road shoe consider any of the eggbeater pedals (candy SL, quattro, etc)

If your road show isn't spd compatible I don't think they will work with the eggbeaters though.
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I use the speedplayfrogs/Sidi Dominator mtb shoe combo on my road bike. It works great for me but then again I'm not a racer. Seems the only only drawback might be a slight weight increase over the speedplay road pedal and Sidi Genius road shoes.
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So my Shimano M80 SPD MTB shoes will also work with which pedals besides SPD?
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so basically what IS the advantage of wearing mountain bike shoes? more comfort while walking? and freedom of motion while pedaling?
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they are walkable--more comfortable and they dont clack
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so is the benefit to getting MTB shoes greater than getting road shoes for the added comfort if you are just a beginner racer?
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Originally Posted by 53-11_alltheway
If you want to switch to a pedal system that lets you use both a recessed cleat shoe and a road shoe consider any of the eggbeater pedals (candy SL, quattro, etc)

If your road show isn't spd compatible I don't think they will work with the eggbeaters though.

How can it be both a road shoe and a recessed cleat???
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I have scott MTB shoes with SPD's which I wear on both my mountain and road rides and they seem to work just fine. The scott's I have are very stiff and the shape is akin to a road shoe just with lots of armor all around the edges and an aggressive sole. They're pretty old and aren't made anymore. The closest thing I've seen to them are the Sidi Dominators which fit great but they're over $200. Very nice shoe though.
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Originally Posted by jlin453
So my Shimano M80 SPD MTB shoes will also work with which pedals besides SPD?
Speedplay Frogs, for one. They use a cleat that fits into the same sized recess as the SPD cleat and use the same 2 screw mounting plate.

Personally, I use Specialized Sonoma SPD compatible shoes. These are low end road shoes designed for SPD compatible cleats. They're walkable but don't have any appreciable tread on the bottom so they're not meant for mountain climbing. They're stiff enough for me but they don't have any bling factor at all. No carbon, no ski boot ratcheting mechanisms. Just plain old laces, and a little loop of bungie cord on the tongue of the shoe to stuff the loose ends of the laces under.

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I do. I don't know why so many people use non recessed cleats. The performance benefits are what? less weight? I'm sure there's a recessed cleat shoe out there somewhere with as stiff a sole as you want.
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If you get a stiff MTB shoe (a competition MTB shoe), that will give you the best of both worlds: walkability and good feeling of power transfer.
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I use frogs and shimano M038 shoes on two of my bikes. The shoes are very walkable and presentable. At 70 or so mi I start wishing the shoes were stiffer. I have sidi genius and zeros on the bike for longer road mileage. I would not wish to walk anywhere in the sidi genius. Both the frog and zero are great pedals as far as my experience has been.
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Originally Posted by H23
If you get a stiff MTB shoe (a competition MTB shoe), that will give you the best of both worlds: walkability and good feeling of power transfer.
Oooh ooh! Can you suggest brands/models, please?!

I currently use Shimano M038s which I gather are their entry-level MTB shoes. They're fairly comfy and I like them but have been thinking about trying a stiffer shoe to see if it makes any difference, but I do like the walkability and recessed cleat feature of most (all?) MTB shoes.
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Sidi Rocket 2 and shimano SPD. Nice stiff sole no problems with hot foot.
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Originally Posted by ed073
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Not if you get MTB cross country racing shoes.
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Eggbeater SL's and Sidi Dominator 5's. Main reasons are no clanking or sliding when I walk, and I am able to switch between my MTB and Roadie using one pair of shoes with little bother.

Very stiff soles on this model of shoe.
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I have Sidi Rampa 2 Mtn shoes and I love them, and I am using Vuelta Typhoon SPD pedals. I am new so I don't need top of the line, but these seem to do a very nice job.
I got the shoes on closeout ('04s) for $40.00 and the pedals form eBay for $25.00. I think I did pretty well
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Originally Posted by Avalanche325
Not if you get MTB cross country racing shoes.
And you can walk around without looking like you're on backward stilletos
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These shoes and shimano 520 spds. Works for me and I can use the shoes with my mountain bike when I get the pedals for it.

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