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What do I give up by using MTB pedals on my road bike?(7 posts)

What do I give up by using MTB pedals on my road bike?SF Gator
Oct 10, 2001 8:46 PM
For consistency sake and to save the need for another pair of shoes, I have been using Time ATAC Carbon mountain bike pedals on my road bike. Question: for road riding, are road-specific pedals/shoes that much better?
re: What do I give up by using MTB pedals on my road bike?Kbdawg
Oct 10, 2001 9:03 PM
Unless you are racing, I don't think it makes much of a difference. I've done the same team, but I use my bike for commuting.
re: What do I give up by using MTB pedals on my road bike?Kbdawg
Oct 10, 2001 9:04 PM
Unless you are racing, I don't think it makes much of a difference. I've done the same thing, but I use my bike for commuting.
re: What do I give up by using MTB pedals on my road bike?SkunkWorks
Oct 10, 2001 9:43 PM
For years I never thought it was worth changing, but when I finally did it was noticable. On long hills where I stand for long periods of time or even doing long sustained hard efforts on the flats my feet are much happier with a stiff road shoe and the larger contact Look pedals. It is really hard to quantify any gain in speed, but I feel faster anyway.

I think it becomes worth it when your legs become strong and you are capable of putting a lot of stress on your feet. Before I could stand for over 5 minutes on a long hill it was not really needed because my legs would give out long before my feet would.

What sort of pushed my into it was when I had a saddle break 8 miles from home. Even though I had really stiff MTB shoes, after 8 miles of standing, I finally felt the "hot spot" thing that I heard about and I deciced to make the switch.
Single sided entry...no lossmatt
Oct 10, 2001 11:26 PM
I used SIDI Dominator shoes with Time ATAC Carbon pedals for three months this year while my speedplays were getting RMA'D. I liked them better for casual/extended riding better. They didn't measure up when it came to sprints and out of the saddle climbing though. My road shoe (SIDI Energy)soles are much stiffer, and feel more confident to during hard out of the saddle efforts.
ATACS as road pedalsJay
Oct 11, 2001 4:47 AM
I use the same ATAC carbons on all my bikes so far, including two commuter bikes (a road and a hardtail MTB), my FS Santa Cruz, and my Ti Seven. If you wish, you can get a specific stiff soled rode shoe and use that, but I still use a 5 year old Diadora Jalapena II MTB pedals for all my bikes. It's a real inexpensive cycling shoe and the sole isn't that stiff at all (compared to road shoes) but I get by OK, it works for me, I'm more of a sit and spin climber anyway. I am seriously looking at those Crank Bro eggbeater pedals though and buying an actual road shoe. The eggbeater so far, looks like a better version of the ATAC so it sounds like I would be a natural for it. 4-sided entry, weights less than the TIME and is cheaper than the carbon ATACS.

Jay
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Oct 11, 2001 4:56 AM
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