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    Road shoes on MTB

    Does anyone else ride their MTB with road shoes? I found a good fit and got a good deal on a pair of road shoes, and they take the 2-bolt Crank Bros./Time cleats I use. There's a nearly identical MTB version of the shoe, the only difference being the cleat sits a bit recessed in the MTB one, whereas on the road one it kind of juts out.

    I'm just wondering if anyone's encountered any issues with a setup like this.
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    Only problem I see is traction if you need to walk. Road shoes dont exactly have tread like MTB shoes. I do however use my MTB Shoes and SPDs on my Road Bike.

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    Yeah, walking around is the biggest issue you might encounter. Also, some mountain pedals are designed to rest on the shoe tread partially, which won't happen with a road shoe, causing them to feel sloppy. That's why crankbrothers made a road cleat for their pedals that essentially had the tread built in. I'm pretty sure they don't make those anymore though.

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    Smarty pedals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hardtails Are Better
    Yeah, walking around is the biggest issue you might encounter. Also, some mountain pedals are designed to rest on the shoe tread partially, which won't happen with a road shoe, causing them to feel sloppy. That's why crankbrothers made a road cleat for their pedals that essentially had the tread built in. I'm pretty sure they don't make those anymore though.
    My bike came with the (from what I've read) crappy Smarty pedals, and the connection between shoe and pedal did feel a bit sloppy and loose. I'm used to my Time ATACs, which are nice and tight.

    Is that just how the pedal is or could it be the shoe like you're suggesting?
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    That's what I've found too with crank bros pedals. The wings need to touch the shoe tread for them to feel right. If you are using road shoes with Cb pedals, you can probably still find the road cleats, which should help make the connection feel more solid.

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