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MTB Recessed Cleat Shoes

Old 12-30-12, 10:05 AM
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MTB Recessed Cleat Shoes

Lake MX170 MTB Shoes
http://www.discountcyclesdirect.co.u...ducts_id=13780
£68/ US $110

Shimano M162 SPD MTB Shoes
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=69962
£75/ US $120

Mavic Rush
http://www.westbrookcycles.co.uk/foo...te-red-p208067
£84/ US $135

All 3 shoes look cool, so I shan't choose depending on their appearances.
Considering the quality and relative prices of these 3 shoes, which would you recommend? Whichever I purchase will be my first pair of cycling shoes. Thank you so much!
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Barring fit issues, I would choose the Mavic.
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
Barring fit issues, I would choose the Mavic.
@tagaproject6. Hi. Why would you choose the Mavic? Any reasons? And what do you mean by "barring fit issues"?
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Originally Posted by UK_Cyclist View Post
@tagaproject6. Hi. Why would you choose the Mavic? Any reasons? And what do you mean by "barring fit issues"?
Cycling shoes need to fit well. As you ride, you exert a lot of force through them and what may seem like a minor discomfort when trying them on can quickly become a serious issue while on the bike. So you try on shoes and only buy one that is a great fit regardless of brand.
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
try on shoes and only buy one that is a great fit regardless of brand.
@canam73. Thank you for your advice. I understand. Whilst I acknowledge what you've said, could you shed any light on whether any of these brands/shoes are particularly better?

I understand the Lake MX170 uses a tightening wire fitting system, as opposed to Velcro/buckled straps. Any thoughts?
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I've never used the wire (boa?) system. I have had Lake shoes, and they were durable although they always seemed on the heavy side and a bit clunky. I now use Shimano because they fit me the best and they are lighter but seem a little plasticy.

I have tried on a Mavic and a Sidi and they just didn't fit me as well.
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I now use Shimano because they fit me the best and they are lighter but seem a little plasticy.

I have tried on a Mavic
@canam73. Thank you again for replying. Out of curiosity, which Shimano shoes do you wear? And can you remember which Mavic shoes you tried?
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Not sure which model Mavic, but these were all 3 hole road shoes. The Shimano's I ride are the R191.
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