Talk to me about pedals
Although road shoes tend to be lighter than mtb shoes which makes pedalling a tiny bit easier.
Doesn't really make any more difference than weight anywhere else on the bike – or indeed your gut. Pleased to see it's not only me pointing out that MTB pedals work fine on road with carbon soled shoes though.
As to road shoes being lighter – it does depend what you've got. When looking into new roadie shoes I put my existing ones on a scale to find that not only my relatively basic carbon soled Carnac road shoes, but also my Carnac tri shoes (which were what all the pros used when I got them) were heavier than my more modern Speccy carbon soled MTB shoes. A bit of research suggests it would be easy to buy fairly high end new road shoes which would also be heavier – it makes choosing road shoes rather more difficult when I'm struggling to justify them rather than sticking with the MTB shoes I've ridden on the road for the last couple of years (in the event I think I'll be going all weight weenie and getting the latest Speccy S-Works if they fit)!Posted 8 years ago
In theory I ride mountain bikes, I'm a mountain biker. When I bought my road bike I put a pair of Shimano spd's on and ride it with my Specialzed BG shoes (complete with studs)
I can get the reason for wearing road shoes but what do road specific peddles (like Time) give over mtb ones?Posted 8 years agoaracerSubscriber
My Bonty RXL road shoes with SPD-SL cleats are 200g/pair lighter than my Spesh Pro Carbon mtb shoes with spd cleats.
Sounds about right. RXLs in my size are 267g (note RLs are also 267g 😉 ), whilst Expert Carbon MTB are ~330g (they're a bit lighter than Pros). The thing is Bonty and Specialized make light shoes – if you've got Expert Carbon MTBs like me, then you're really not going to save any significant weight with a mid range road shoe from Shimano, Lake etc.
p.s. the latest S-Works road are claimed at 225g, and Speccy weights are normally reliable!Posted 8 years ago
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