MTB Shoe toe studs… What? When? Why?
The only time I’ve ever thought the studs would be useful was trying to push up a 45º slope in the mega – it was total gridlock and hundreds of people were just sliding back down it making it even more slippery. It was like something out of Takeshi’s Castle.
The rest of the time, no.Posted 3 years agoDanWMember
Can be a good idea to put an allen headed grub screw or similar in the thread if you ever intend to use the studs after initially leaving them off as they soon get gunged up with mud and grit. The LBS will often have a grub screw lying around and some shoes even ship with them.
The studs came fitted in my Spesh shoes so I’ve just left them on- doesn’t do any harm. I guess another small benefit of the studs is that any walking on firm surfaces will wear the studs first and save the tread around the front of the sole (as the stud are taller than the tread). Really clutching at straws to benefits other than grip in steep muddy climbs though! 😀Posted 3 years agomolgripsSubscriber
I have them in mine and don’t find any drawbacks when they’re not required.
If you have wood floors it means you can’t walk back into the house to pick up something you forgot without removing your shoes first. Also if you walk through an office or something with shiny floors the studs are rather slippery.
Took mine off one summer, only they’d siezed so the bolts sheared off. Also really annoys me that my winter boots don’t have studs 🙁Posted 3 years agoIAMember
I’ve those shoes*.
I don’t put the studs in, cos particularly on those shoes with the slippery carbon bits they can lead to catching death clambering on rocks. Also, they’re summer shoes.
I put the studs in my winter boots, as they get ridden in the slop so the rocks are less of an issue (and they have more aggressive/rubbery tread anyhow which helps there).
*or very similar, mine have red velcro not white, making them 7% more disco.Posted 3 years ago
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