Member11 March 2016 at 7:37 pm
After getting myself a roadie and being a complete Road bike newbie I need some shoes.
Question is should I get some mtb shoes with the hope of trying spds on my stumpy or go down the road shoe route?
Any advice greatly appreciated. 😀
Member11 March 2016 at 8:10 pm
I’d go down the “Road” route and opt for a pair of SPD-SL pedals, I find them very good.
I’m also a big fan of Mavic road shoes.
Member11 March 2016 at 9:44 pm
I’d say it depends. Do you do much walking with your road bike e.g. commuting and walking from a bike store to work? If so, mountain bike spd’s would be best.
I do like my SPD-SL’s though, lovely and solid feeling.
I’ve got some Louis Garneau shoes, which are lovely and comfortable. A bit too well vented if I have any criticism so overshoes needed for riding in chilly weather.
Member11 March 2016 at 9:48 pm
I’ve got these shoes:
Member28 March 2016 at 8:01 pm
I like my recently acquired Bontrager RXL mountain shoes. There is lots of room in the toe box for me. Pricey, but I managed to get the 2012 model for almost 50% off at my lbs. I also have the road version for my road rides as well (almost the same, but different cleats and slightly different soles).
Member29 March 2016 at 6:55 am
when I got my road bike I was already using spd’s on the mountain bike, to save me buying new shoes I stuck an old set of spd’s on the road bike and used my mountain bike shoes.
I don’t have any issues running them on a road bike but I’ve not tried spd-sl’s to compare them…
Member29 March 2016 at 8:47 am
SPDs are made for situations where walking is part of the culture, such as MTB riding, commuting and touring. SPD-SL and Look Keo-style shoes allow the foot to be gripped more efficiently.
I’ve always regarded SPDs on a road bike as the halfway house between flat pedals and being clipped in – but certainly no more than half way.
Member29 March 2016 at 11:07 am
The difference in terms of stiffness between a high end mtb shoe and a high end road shoe is actually minimal if any at all. Quite a few brands share the sole across disciplines and the difference is how the cleats mount and what tread is provided. So that makes the main difference down to weight, my mtb shoes are way heavier than the road shoes, when you add a chunky tread and some toe protection the weight increases, the spd pedals are also heavier mainly because they have a release mechanism on both sides.
If you plan on walking anywhere and the increased weight isnt a factor then you will do fine with the mtb system. They also have a greater degree of free float so it makes setting up the cleats not as critical, even though the spd-sl have float it kind of has a sprung feeling to it, like a self centering sensation, the mtb spd’s dont.
Pearl izumi make a road shoe that has both types of cleat mount so might be worth a look:
Member29 March 2016 at 3:31 pm
Yes, well explained Rob.
Shimano also make a ‘fits both types of cleat’ shoe, the R088 but this is actually a road shoe (hence the ‘R’ prefix) and as such, any cleat, either mountain or road, will stand proud of the sole so not really for walking.
I suspect that this shoe is made specifically for SPD riders who are in the process of thinking about upgrading to a proper road pedal but aer still undecided.