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Carbon soles: worth the $$$?(8 posts)

Carbon soles: worth the $$$?JackBQuick
Mar 18, 2002 7:36 AM
Are carbon soles worth the $40 extra on a pair of road shoes? Are they that much lighter or stiffer than the stock sole? Any other advantage? Thanks for any imput --Jack
re: Carbon soles: worth the $$$?bestT
Mar 18, 2002 7:53 AM
yes!, they also maintain their stiffness much longer than other materials
I think sojbrown2036
Mar 18, 2002 9:39 AM
I was reading a review of cycling shoes in "Triathlete Magazine" over the weekend and they had some really good arguments for the carbon sole over nylon-length of life, and energy transfer. They also seemed to like the new aluminum sole shoes (Diadora), but they don;t do anything for me.

Happy Shopping
Carbon solelemond2001
Mar 18, 2002 10:43 AM

From my trial and error. If you are over 200 pds I would only go with Carbon soles. Nylon is to soft and puts your feet to sleep on long rides. And you lose a lot of energy transfer. If you weigh under 200 pds a nylon will probably work better. Don't worry so much about the weigh of a shoe. Make sure it fits and will not put your feet to sleep. Carnac have a wide box style that works very well. If you go with Shimano they run a little small on the sides of your feet. So go with a half size bigger. 46.5 instead of a 46.
I think Look has the best shoe and pedal combo on the market. The Look shoes were designed and shape to rotate with the pedal and gives you the best energy power transfer.(Thats if you like ridding on you r heels not your toes.) The down side is they are very small on the sides of your feet and the nylon bottoms are way to soft for 200 pds + person.
Carbon sole & LookJackBQuick
Mar 18, 2002 11:36 AM

I have the Look 396 pedals and like their performance. I'm looking at a pair of Gaerne Podiums that offer the Carbon fiber sole. At 180 lbs I've felt the flex in my Genius 3 and some hot spots on long rides, thus looking for an upgrade. Thanks for your suggestions.
re: Carbon soles: worth the $$$?Elefantino
Mar 18, 2002 11:03 AM
Supergo has a good deal on Look carbon sole shoes ($89 for size 39 and 46, $59 for size 47), which is probably cheaper than what you're looking at. (I don't for work Supergo, by the way.)

I have a large (13) foot and I'm 210 pounds, so I found carbon soles to be notably different. I could feel the change from nylon to carbon.

I wear adidas TT, a nice carbon shoe if you have narrow feet and don't want to pay Sidi prices.

re: Carbon soles: worth the $$$?JackBQuick
Mar 18, 2002 11:49 AM

Thanks for the heads-up on the Look shoes. I'm heading there now!
Use carbon soles to cure hot spots nmSlipstream
Mar 18, 2002 12:13 PM