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Sidi's, speedplay and hotspots(9 posts)

Sidi's, speedplay and hotspotsdave woof
May 29, 2003 9:19 AM
I recently switched from SPD pedals and cleats to Speedplay X3's. I never had hotspots with the SPDs, they were comfortable for hours.

I switched to X3's and now my right foot has 2 hot-spots (outside edge I think) after only 20 minutes or so. I used the correct sidi shims under the adapter plates, and torqued the bolts correctly.

Was wondering if this is normal, is it the base plate, is it the cleat part, or is it the pedal? The surface/contact area of the pedal appears larger, actually, than the SPD's. I would think the larger area would mean no hot spot.

I have the Sidi Shadows, similar to the Genius', with buckle, with plastic straps instead of velcro straps.

Think the Sidi insoles would help? Right now I just wear socks, no insoles.


btw - I used the recommended short bolts for mounting the base plate. Maybe they are still too long and pushing up on the inside of the shoe? But it only bothers one foot.

Sole is not carbon, hard plastic with (probably) metal shank.


re: Sidi's, speedplay and hotspotsdave woof
May 29, 2003 9:22 AM
Btw -

size 44.5 shoes
Same problemalansutton
May 29, 2003 9:27 AM
I'm using Sidi Energys with X-2s, was using Looks without problems before the switch.
Here's what fixed it- insoles. I spent $60 on a set of custom insoles that are hot molded into shape. Best upgrade I've done.
re: Sidi's, speedplay and hotspots12x23
May 29, 2003 10:01 AM
I switched from Time Equipe's to Zero's this Spring with no problems. I wear Sidi Genius 3's and use Dr. Scholl's athletic shoe inserts. I love my Sidi's, but couldn't wear them without an insert.
re: Sidi's, speedplay and hotspotsJuanmoretime
May 29, 2003 10:39 AM
I ride X1's. Two different shoes currently, Carnac Elipse and Pearl Izumi Vapers, no hotspots with either shoe. I would think insloes would definitely help.
re: Sidi's, speedplay and hotspotsEl Guapo
May 29, 2003 11:03 AM
I have the Sidi Energy '02 with Speedplay Zeroes. At first I developed hotspots. I used to have the cleat mounted directly to the Millenium sole using only the SIDI shims (LOW spindle height). I now have the Sidi provided LOOK adaptor plate filling the recess under the cleat. No more hotspots! It seems maybe the sole was too thin to support the cleat without the adaptor plate. Hope this helps.
re: Sidi's, speedplay and hotspotsTWD
May 29, 2003 12:56 PM
I recently got a pair of Speedplay X2s and a new pair or Sidi Genius 4s.

I had hotspot proplems with the left foot only. I used the bolts supplied with the Speedplay cleats, which are the same length as the shorter set of bolts that came with the SIDI shoes. I noticed that the shorter bolts are still too long, and were protruding too far into the sole of the shoe and bulging it up where the bolts are. I removed the bolts and cut them down about 3mm or so with a dremel tool and cutting wheel. This improved the situation quite a bit. I think I may still need to cut the bolts down a little further.

Take out the insoles on your shoes and rub your fingers over the sole to see if you can notice any lumps where the bolts are.

Make sure when you cut them down you don't cut them too short such that there won't be enough threads left to make sufficient contact.

Good luck
Same problem...x3's, + Sidi T1'sMrDan
May 29, 2003 1:19 PM
I found I needed to slide the cleat all the way to the inside edges of the shoes thereby moving my feet outward from the cranks ... hotspots gone.
Peterson's Power Bed insoles, orcoonass
May 29, 2003 3:00 PM
Full Sorbothane insoles ( ) and possibly start using SmartWool socks...they have various grades of cushioned bottoms ( ).