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Shimano SPD mtb shoes Okay for road racing?

Old 11-03-10, 06:14 PM
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Shimano SPD mtb shoes Okay for road racing?

I have been training using my Shimano SPD pedals and Shimano MO86 mtb shoes. I am hoping to race in some local crits in the Spring. My question is:

Does it matter if I race using Shimano mtb shoes ie are road shoes going to make me that much better? This will be my first time racing so Ill be doing Cat D. Someone told me it doesnt matter much but you can get lower while cornering in road shoes. Is there much of a difference?
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Old 11-03-10, 06:17 PM
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I don't think it matters. You may want to increase the pedal tension so you don't unclip during a sprint or attack.
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Originally Posted by Hot Potato View Post
No

what part was that no directed toward?
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Originally Posted by Johnny Law View Post
what part was that no directed toward?
If I had to guess, the question in the title.
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They will be ok.

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Originally Posted by ptle View Post
If I had to guess, the question in the title.
My guess was the opposite..that 'no' it doesn't matter.. *scratches head..
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My guess was the opposite..that 'no' it doesn't matter.. *scratches head..
Oh, nevermind I misread the title. I'm guessing the first sentence in the 2nd paragraph then.
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I have SPD's on my mtn bike and SPD SL's on my road bike. There are some road shoes that have the two hole mount for the SPD cleats. I know some people say the bigger contact patch of the SPD SL matters, but I have never noticed the difference. Since the shoes are so stiff anyway, I don't think anyone will really notice.
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Originally Posted by lembeh View Post
I have been training using my Shimano SPD pedals and Shimano MO86 mtb shoes. I am hoping to race in some local crits in the Spring. My question is:

Does it matter if I race using Shimano mtb shoes ie are road shoes going to make me that much better? This will be my first time racing so Ill be doing Cat D.
Someone told me it doesn't matter much but you can get lower while cornering in road shoes. Is there much of a difference?
I use the same Shimano SPD/M086 setup for my road bike ... no meaningful difference for cornering ...
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Originally Posted by lembeh View Post
I have been training using my Shimano SPD pedals and Shimano MO86 mtb shoes. I am hoping to race in some local crits in the Spring. My question is:

Does it matter if I race using Shimano mtb shoes ie are road shoes going to make me that much better? This will be my first time racing so Ill be doing Cat D. Someone told me it doesnt matter much but you can get lower while cornering in road shoes. Is there much of a difference?
I would say that which ever is more comfortable for you is what's more important.
If road shoes make you noticeably uncomfortable, then their now worth racing with.
Are there benefits? Yes, but I'd say that depends on your personal performance level.
In other words, IMO, it depends how far you push the performance of your shoes.

I started riding my RB with MTB shoes, got a cheap pair of RB shoes, had to get used to them,
but really totally switched over to RB shoes once I got a good pair of RB shoes.
Personally, I've noticed a big difference between my MTB shoes and my good RB shoes (both SPD).

I think a heavier rider (such as myself) would notice a wider platform and the benefits of a SPD-SL pedals.

My next pedals will be SPD-SL's and a nice pair of shiny-comment-inviting-snob-daring premium shoes.

I'd say do a dry run. Ride both (if you have both) and record your time and notice
what hurts afterward and definitely notice the pro's & con's of both types of shoes.

Recent thread here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ight=spd+shoes

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The weight difference is minimal. Just be a little careful when pedaling during high speed corners. As mentioned above, you might want to use the tightest release tension to avoid clipping out during a sprint. If you later decide to gain some corner clearance (the first time you clip a pedal is heart stopping even if you recover), you can get road shoes with the 2 bolt drilling if you don't want to buy new pedals.
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