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Road vs. mountain clipless pedals(9 posts)

Road vs. mountain clipless pedalsMikey
Nov 14, 2001 10:17 AM
I have recently re-entered the world of skinny wheel bikes and I am looking for a set of pedals for my Klein Quantum-Z. What is the difference between mountain bike pedals and road bike pedals? There does not seem to be difference in weight, the SPD clips are the same. What gives?
re: Road vs. mountain clipless pedalsbrider
Nov 14, 2001 12:31 PM
Most road pedals are one sided (Speedplay, Coombe, Bebop aside), while the MTB pedals tend toward dual sided. Big difference? Probably not. SPD cleats work on both road and MTB pedals. Many people swear by the Time ATACS for both. MTB pedals do tend to be heavier (due to the two retention mechanisms). In the end, it's personal preference.
re: Road vs. mountain clipless pedalsTheMaxx
Nov 14, 2001 1:53 PM
Most road pedals, being one-sided, have a bit more cornering clearance. That's the only other thing I can think of, but there are small mountain pedals that have good clearance too.
re: Road vs. mountain clipless pedalsChen2
Nov 14, 2001 2:25 PM
Road pedals tend to be lighter and more aerodynamic, road shoes tend to be stiffer an more efficient. Mountain shoes are easier to walk in. Many people choose to use mountain pedals and/or mountain shoes on road bikes. If you're planning to go with Shimano SPD, there have been many different cleat variations identified by their model numbers stamped in the bottom of the cleat. They are generally compatible from mountain to road but there are differences in float and release characteristics. The SH51 is one of the better Shimano SPD cleats. There are a lot of good pedals to choose from, my favorite is the Speedplay X-1 or X-2.
I like using mountain pedalsShelley
Nov 15, 2001 6:59 AM
I started with roadie pedals, Shimano A515 which are one sided. They were fine pedals, but where I ride I have to click in and out a lot so I hated the one sided. I switched to Shimano M515 and like the dual sided much better. I was used to this anyways with my mountain bike so it seemed more natural. I can still use road shoes when I want to with those pedals, but for commuting and such, I like to use my MTB shoes. Works for me.
cleat types?G-Force
Nov 15, 2001 8:07 AM
I basically had the same question, but had an additional question. Does the larger cleat contact area of road pedals translate to increased power or efficeincy over the mtb cleat/pedal? Thanks
cleat types?Little Pooter
Nov 15, 2001 9:29 AM
I am using Time Atacs for both road and MTB. The contact area is quite large and stable, and there is NO vertical play like you get with Shimano SPDs. This is especially important when road riding as puling up on the up stroke is more important for a smooth spin. Combined with SIDI Dominators that I use, I see no reason to switch to a road set-up. Its nice to be able to walk around normally before and after rides, without slipping around on a bare carbon sole.
cleat types?tarwheel
Nov 19, 2001 5:46 AM
The main advantage of road pedals is comfort on longer rides. I've used SPDs quite a bit for road riding but found that I was getting "hot spots" on the balls of my feet on longer rides. They also were getting squeaky and felt kind of sloppy, so I switched to Looks. I'm not sure about power transfer, but the Looks are much more comfortable because of the larger platform, and I've had no more problems with hotspots. Looks are also very easy to clip in and out from, even though they are one-sided. My only complaint with Looks is that they sometimes develop a very annoying squeak from the cleat/pedal interface and it can be hard to cure.
6km of gravel/dirt and 5 cattle grids to cross....crack-n-fail
Nov 16, 2001 1:17 AM
to the nearest (not so smooth) bitumen road, so I'm going to stick with my Time ATACs' on my skinny tyre ride for the foreseable future. When you need to walk on loose stuff, I don't think there is much of a choice.