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    why road shoes?

    why some competitors uses a road shoes to run xco? sauser for example, uses road shoes with some pieces of tires in underfoot? i read this in some magazines..

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    They are lighter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftajiri
    why some competitors uses a road shoes to run xco? sauser for example, uses road shoes with some pieces of tires in underfoot? i read this in some magazines..
    Yep, lighter and stiffer. At the level or XC racing of these guys, they aren't needing great walking ability out of their race shoes.
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    lighter, stiffer, etc. Sucks to do any distance of hike a biking/dismounting/walking on a slope, etc.

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    Hmm I never knew that. Very interesting.

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    in one the magazines sauser's related to need to run on foot in come climbs using a road shoes... is he climbs on toenails only?? how are tires glued under shoes? any pics?

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    I have the same questions as you, I am very interested in doing this myself now.

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    Road shoes also do a better job distributing load on your feet. Reduces hot spots and feels more stable, IMO.

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    I wear road shoes sometimes too.

    I have Egg Beaters on all my bikes,XC-CX-Road-AM, and i have egg beater cleats on all my shoes, so all my shoes work with all my bikes. sometimes i grab the road shoes for weight and they fit me well, the toe box is a little wider actually.

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    shimano goes on to road style shoes...
    https://www.petracycles.co.uk/images_large/bm310-4.jpg

    clean look is less mudd under your feet.. let's cut some treads of shoes..lol

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    So to mount mountain cleats on a road shoe do you have to drill new holes into the shoe's sole?
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    no, no... use adapters for spd

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    Quote Originally Posted by ftajiri
    no, no... use adapters for spd
    Thanks, obviously I'm not a roadie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by floxy
    Road shoes also do a better job distributing load on your feet. Reduces hot spots and feels more stable, IMO.
    This would be because they're stiffer

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    While they may be lighter, I don't know that that's really why they wear them. I tend to think they wear them more because they're stiffer.

    Road shoes are more or less inflexible. You can't walk in them. The sole won't flex. MTB shoes are designed with the fact that for some period of time on any ride you may be hiking. as such, they flex some. The stiffer the sole, the better the transfer of power from foot to pedal.

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    aside from the stiffness a road cleat/pedal gives a bigger platform, offers more fitting/fine tuning options and is a bit lighter than a mountain set up. generally anyway.
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