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Road bike vs. mountain bike pedals(6 posts)

Road bike vs. mountain bike pedalsclink
Jan 25, 2002 8:26 PM
Is there any performance difference between having a large surface are pedal.. (look), or having a smaller pedal, ie shimano, and then what is the difference between "road" bike pedals and "mountain" bike pedals, aside from the given, mountain bike pedals are designed to be hit. If anybody can answer, feel free.
It's not about the pedalScot_Gore
Jan 25, 2002 8:51 PM
I only have riding experience on one pedal (Speedplay X series) so I can't speak to SPD's. But one thing to consider is not just the pedal, but the pedal and cleat in combination. The Speedplay pedal is pretty small. It's the marriage of the pedal and cleat that gives you the surface area. The same can be said of the SPD series, right?

That said (whoops :), now I caught the disease)...I think the biggest performance difference is going to be from the power transfer loss of a mountain shoe over a road shoe.

Mountain shoes are designed with the idea that the rider will have off bike, pick it up and carry it time while out riding. Where as a road shoe (particularly the high end ones) are designed around the idea that the rider may take 20 or 30 steps during a ride. Walking on the things for any amount of time is hazard to both the wearer and the shoe.

My two cents

It's not about the pedalczardonic
Jan 25, 2002 10:32 PM
I would have to disagree on the matter of MTB pedals losing power because of the shoes, since as far as I know you can use SPD Road shoes on MTB pedals. The differences that I have seen between Shimano Road and MTB pedals relate to weight, debris shedding and the fact that Shimano MTB pedals are double sided. Thus, it would seem to me that the the only performance difference on a road bike is the extra wieght of a larger platform double sided MTB pedal. Of course, this is countered by the convenience of being able to clip in on both sides (a big plus for beginners).
sort of agree but ....CT1
Jan 25, 2002 10:48 PM
I think the poster was really referring to the flex in mtb shoes as being the source of efficiency loss. Anyway, this is pretty much a thing of the past as many mtb shoes (including my Shimano's) have FULL carbon soles.

The only slight downside I can see for using these mtb shoes is that they weigh a bit more than the road versions. That's weight well worth spent...... not having to walk around like a penguin is alright by me. ;)

You guys already know my storyBarnyard
Jan 26, 2002 8:39 AM
I've got mountain pedals on all my bikes and only own mountain shoes (which are very stiff. ie Carnac and shimano). My only problem is that I cannot resist riding my Colnago Dream and IF Club Racer off road. I know these bikes are not meant to be ridden hard off road, but the shoes and pedals say "Just Go for It!". This aside, I see little difference except for weight.
Road specific pedals are the way to goTSlothrop
Jan 26, 2002 9:17 AM
When I bought my first road bike, it came with Look pedals. At the time I put SPD's on instead, as I only had SPD compatible shoes. When I bought some road shoes and began riding with the Look pedals, I immediately fell in love with them. My foot feels completely secure in the Look pedals, there's none of the float that comes with SPD's so it feels as if 100% of my effort is going into the pedal stroke and not getting lost with my foot moving around on the peadl. When I go back to SPD's when mountainbiking, obviously there's not much alternative as it's important to get the foot out very easily, but the feeling from them is a bit vague compared with the rock solid feel from the Looks. That said, I'm just about to put some SPD-R's on my road bike, partly in the hope they'll be at least a little bit easier to walk in than Looks (I live on the 8th floor and the lifts don't always work).