- Which cleat system for the "gravel" bike?
any chance your walking and it’s not road shoes.
I would go further and say any chance you’re walking some distance/on rough or awkward terrain, and it’s not spd race type shoes with a rigid sole.
If you like to explore tracks that you have never ridden before, and you are the type that tends to push on rather than turn back when the track deteriorates, then you may find that you will be better off with shoes that are more capable on those sections where you are forced to dismount and walk.
For that reason I’ve switched on my gravel bike from spd race type shoes to Shimano XM7 shoes (which have a Vibram walking sole). Because I was concerned that the XM7’s were less stiff and might not provide enough support on a standard spd pedal, I also fitted spd trail pedals to give a bit more support.Posted 2 years agorumbledethumpsMember
I personally would suggest anything other than Road cleats. Shouldn’t be even thought of if you are going to take the bike on its intended purpose.
If you like the larger platform of the Road Pedal (as opposed to a traditional smaller SPD MTB Pedal) why not try a Shimano Trail SPD jobbie (think PD-M530) instead?
…and a stiff soled MTB shoe.Posted 2 years agojonbaMember
spds. Only my road race bike has spd sl.
My cross and winter bike both take spds. They are different but fine for the road. It is more about the shoe choice in my experience.
Spd shoes are often a bit tougher if you end up walking, the cleats certainly are. Also mtb/CX shoes are better equipped to shrug off mud and water which is why I prefer them on my winter road, can use my mtb/cx ones and not bother with overshoes most of the time.Posted 2 years agogonetothehillsSubscriber
Time. Every time. The Atac XC pedals are pretty dinky so I even use them on the road bike. I’ve got shoes that I can tour in – and wear in a pub / B&B, some more road oriented ones and winter boots that work on the mountain bike and the Tripster. For on/off road stuff, recessed cleats and pedals that don’t mind mud makes a lot of sense.Posted 2 years ago
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