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Road pedal vs MTB pedal?(9 posts)

Road pedal vs MTB pedal?K_Zero
Jul 23, 2003 2:52 PM
I've been using MTB SPD pedals for my road bike, and I'm just wondering what are the advantages to having road-specific pedals? I know they're a bit lighter, but I don't want to give up the convenience of dual-entry just to save couple grams.

re: Road pedal vs MTB pedal?The Walrus
Jul 23, 2003 4:52 PM
Forget the weight difference and the double-sided entry: do you like to walk like a normal person when you're off the bike? Road pedal devotees make a lot of noise about hot spots from MTB pedals, and the (minimal) loss of efficiency that the less-stiff MTB shoes cause, but I've never experienced the former and don't care about the latter. If the MTB pedals work for you, keep using 'em.
I have used both and found that for me, the MTB SPD pedalsMikeBiker
Jul 23, 2003 4:58 PM
worked best. I can wear the MTB shoe and walk around on errands or wear the road shoe when I am not going to be walking. Both my bikes now have MTB SPD pedals.

run a search of the forum...BergMann
Jul 23, 2003 5:05 PM
This topic has been discussed several times over. Running a couple of keyword searches should do the trick.

Bottom line is if you're comfortable on MTB pedals, don't bother switching for now.
re: Road pedal vs MTB pedal?WOY
Jul 23, 2003 7:08 PM
OK I can share this personal experience having just switched from MTB pedal/shoes (Shimano 959/02 Specialized comp) to road specific shoes and pedal (Shimano R600/Sidi Energy). In terms of hot spots or energy transfer there is absolutely no difference, however perhaps I could feel a slight reduction in rotation weight at high cadence and the road pedals do have a slimmer profile hence better cornering clearance. I do fine it is easier to get into the MTB pedals and prefer the float/action of my MTB pedals. The bottom line is if you are happy with your MTB shoes and if they have a nice stiff sole stick to your current setup.

Hope this helps.
Thanx all for the inputs...K_Zero
Jul 23, 2003 11:05 PM
I actually use a pair of stiff road-specific shoes with my MTB pedals, so I don't think pedaling efficiency is an issue. I guess I'll stick with my trusty MTB pedals for now.

Pardon my ignorance, but what's a "hotspot"? nmgf99
Jul 24, 2003 4:34 AM
Switching from MTB to RoadNewDayNewWay
Jul 24, 2003 5:47 AM
Even though I have good shoes (high-end SIDIs), I feel some discomfort in the very center of my front foot I presume because the surface area contact of my SPDs (959s) on the sole of my shoe is very small. So I have thought about switching to road pedals so that there is a larger surface areas of contact. Does this make sense, or will I switch to road pedals and not notice any difference?
Pardon my ignorance, but what's a "hotspot"? nmThe Walrus
Jul 24, 2003 12:14 PM
A localized burning sensation on the sole of the feet caused by increased pressure due to a smaller contact area on the pedal.