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I currently own a pair of Shimano MTB shoes and M520 Pedals, I will be getting my first road bike in a few weeks.
I was wondering how different they really are, It would be nice to keep my current shoes and get another set of pedals. But would look at road shoes and pedals at some point. How noticable would it be? Should I just get them right away as Ill probably get 15% off with my bike? If the difference is very minor I'll probably wait but any advice appreciated!
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Get roadie pedals/shoes if you just want to fit in and be cool and slip over walking down stairs at the coffee shop or be unable to do anything or go anywhere off the bike without going home and changing first.
Both great options.
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Road cleats & pedals are a bit more stable, as they don't allow as much movement (depending on model from around 9 degrees lateral float, down to no float), and no roll float, where MTB pedals & cleats will have around 13 degrees lateral float, and because of the smaller cleat can "roll" slightly in the pedal too. This isn't really a negative, it's more just an adaptation to the more dynamic nature of MTB riding.
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I find with anything else on the roadie (besides a mtb pedal) the clip-in technique is too different and I get myself in a confused mess with foot placement and start needing to look down to clip in. That is good on neither a rocky mtb trail nor a busy road with a bus drafting your rear wheel.
Single-sided roadie pedals are simply diabolical from a safety perspective in busy traffic. Speedplay offer a similar feeling of free float to mtb pedals and they are double-sided.
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- Location: Melbourne east-side, Australia
I have ridden with both Shimano MTB shoes, one of the stiffer XC styles (can't remember the model, it was a few years ago, as well as Specialized MTB comps - also an XC style with 2 velcro straps and a ratchet buckle. They have been fine for road riding as well as MTB trail riding.
As mentioned in your bike thread, I also have some Spesh road shoes and speedplay pedals, bit stiffer, bit lighter, but got them mainly for a bike fit, because of the adjustability of speedplay pedals. The double sided bit is good, the float is adjustable, and you can get a "walkable cleat" which is a bit better than the standard one.
In terms of foot comfort, I actually prefer the MTB XC shoes, as they aren't quite as snug as the road shoes, whilst still giving a good close fit with no excess movement in the shoe, and you can still tighten them down (a lot).
I have tried a bunch of different brand shoes on. Specialized just seem to be the ones that fit my foot shape the best, and accommodate my adjustable insoles.
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I have done long rides in them, but I recently upgraded to a pair of Fizik M3B shoes. They are very stiff and a bit better for longer rides or more serious rides. They are still very comfortable off the bike, but a bit harder to walk in - just because they are stiff.
As far as I can tell, the Fizik range of road vs MTB shoes (e.g R3 vs M3, R5 vs M5 etc) are basically the same shoe, with different cleats and having tread blocks on the MTB ones.
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