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Need Help! Sidi Genius 4 + Speedplay x-2 = foot pain(7 posts)

Need Help! Sidi Genius 4 + Speedplay x-2 = foot painWaterboy
Feb 14, 2002 8:13 AM
I just purchased Sidi Genius 4 shoes and Speedplay x-2 pedals. I have never had any kind of foot or knee pain using toe-clips or flat pedals. Upon receiving new bike while waiting for new shoes to arrive I rode 140 miles over the course of 4 days with flat pedals, no pain at all.

Upon receiving new shoes and installing x-2's, at LBS where I had been fitted on a size cycle, cleats were adjusted so that ball of foot is over center of pedal spindle. Left foot feels perfect.

Right foot is another story. After approximately 2 miles into first ride with new shoes my right foot started to ache on the outside, basically behind ball of foot where bone is located, slightly behind center of right side of foot. Adjusted straps to make sure shoe wasn't to tight with no avail. After about 15 miles right knee started hurting just below knee cap and to the right in hollow area. Pain was very noticable but also bearable. Rode for 27 miles, pain very obvious in foot and knee.

Before next ride I slide right cleat all the way to left toward crank to move foot to the right, to center shoe more over the center of the pedal. I could not tell this helped any. Noticed knee and foot pain immediately when starting to ride, rode 20 and before completion right shin started to burn.

My right foot may be slightly larger than left, but I don't think I could wear a larger size shoe. I wear a 13 in adidias running shoes and a 47 in the Genius 4.

I called fit technician and he suggested I move cleat to inside, which as I stated I had already done. He then suggested I try moving cleat to the rear to slide foot further forward. I made adjustement but due to incliment weather have not ridden again.

Is this type of problem common with others, and is there a simple solution which I may have overlooked? If others could help me resolve this delima it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Waterboy
re: Need Help! Sidi Genius 4 + Speedplay x-2 = foot paincollinsc
Feb 14, 2002 9:07 AM
i had a problem similar to this when i got my genius 3s (and hooked them up to x2s) After fooling around for a bit, I've found that my feet like to have the cleats as far back on the shoe as possible.

So, i guess i second the second reccomendation of your lbs. give it a shot and good luck.

re: Need Help! Sidi Genius 4 + Speedplay x-2 = foot painmaximum15
Feb 14, 2002 9:39 AM
I just started riding Genius 4 with X2s myself. Haven't had any problems but when I was installing the cleats, I found that two of the screws were a little long and extending into the shoe footbed (I had to cut off one to two threads). I know it's a long shot as this shouldn't cause knee pain, but you might want to feel inside the footbed at the area of the screws and verify one isn't creating a hump in the footbed.
screw lengthcollinsc
Feb 14, 2002 2:27 PM
my speedplays came with two sets of screws, one silver and one black. the shorter black ones are sidi specific. did you use the right ones?

(this is a good question to raise for our misfortunate friend here too)
screw lengthmaximum15
Feb 15, 2002 9:50 AM
Oh. I bought my X2s used. Didn't get the black screws, only the silver which were fine for my old Carnac shoes. Now I feel a little dumb.
re: Need Help! Sidi Genius 4 + Speedplay x-2 = foot painbiker
Feb 14, 2002 4:53 PM
I had a similar problem with screw length being too long.
I called Speedplay and they send some shorter black screws that did not protude into insole.
I have exactly the same problem.spankdoggie
Feb 15, 2002 6:25 PM
Same shoes, same pedals, and a $5500 bicycle. I got so discouraged, I haven't ridden in 3 months.

If you find a solution, I look forward to hearing it. I think I may put my mountain bike pedals and shoes on the bike so I can ride.