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    Help with Crank Bros Mallets?

    I need help with shoes with these pedals. Most have a deep well that the cleat goes into and even after shimming the thing is too deep. I have 661 launch shoes which are skate shoes so no need for shaving tread. I am at a loss here do I need new pedals?
    Maybe some candies or Atac mountains? This crap is getting expensive.

    Help!!

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    I've been given to understand that the honorable brothers of Crank, will happily send you more shims, free, gratis and without charge. You have only to call and ask for them. I have not tested this assertion, though. Maybe you could report back here, if you try it - I'm buying a pair of mallets, today.

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    so the cleats are too deep into the shoe? I don't understand what you're asking. I have the mallets on my bike, but use some shimano shoes. the shims were enough for me. I would have thought the flat bottom would be MORE compatible. I was thinking about getting some 661 one shoes.

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    I called Crank Bros

    They will send me more shims, but they do not recommend using more than the two they provide. Said that the locking mechanism (beater part) would interact / engage with the shim and not with the cleat.

    The launch shoes have a cut out in the middle (a well) that the cleat bolts into. Once the cleat is bolted in with the shims the cleat barely peeps out of the well. I am not saying you can lock in, it is just that it takes me too much fumbling to do so. I may shave the little tread that the shoe has near the cleat/well to see if that will help.

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    Wrong type of shoes to be using with clipless patform pedals.

    The 661 site says they your shoes are compatable with SPDs but I doubt that they mean clipless platform pedals. It looks like the shoe is meant for use with clipless pedals without any platform so you'll likely have the same issue with the CB Candys as with the Mallets.. Shaving off the entire sole of your shoe to make them compatible would be pointless. The solution truman suggested about more shims seems to be a good/only solution to me but ensure you get longer screws too.

    BTW: You can get CB Egg Beaters. They look like they might work with your shoe or if your set on the Mallets, get shoes that are compatible but, be sure to test it before you buy.

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    Did you ever get this setup to work? I have Mallets and have just ordered the 661 Launch shoes. I saw in the Mallet reviews that at least 1 other person uses this combo with no real issues. My wife uses Mallets wwith Shimano MO-38 shoes. They look about the same and she has not had any trouble. I had originally ordered some Adidas Pingoras, but they were out of my size. Just wondering what I am in for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philo Beddoe
    I need help with shoes with these pedals. Most have a deep well that the cleat goes into and even after shimming the thing is too deep. I have 661 launch shoes which are skate shoes so no need for shaving tread. I am at a loss here do I need new pedals?
    Maybe some candies or Atac mountains? This crap is getting expensive.

    Help!!

    I have had the mallets all year and have had nothing but trouble with them. I like the regular egg beaters on my XC bike, but I have had trouble getting in and out of the mallets on my DH bike. I tried Specialized shoes and sanded down the tread AND my very expensive Sidi's as well. Oh, and I have added the shims too. no help. I am tired of dealing with the pedals and am going to switch them out for the shimano spd platforms..
    Good luck, let me know what works. .

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    I have put the shoes up for sale in the classifieds

    I wound up putting the cleats on my 10 year old (rarely used) specialized shoes. I think the lauch shoes will work, I just didn't like the feel of them getting in and out. My old shoes work really sweet with just one shim. I could probably even take that shim out as well.
    I took the launch shoes for a road road to the local soccer field and found myself fumbling a bit too much to click in. I aske CB for extra shims and I received but I don't like the idea of putting more than two shims on. Once I tested my old shoes I just decided to cut my losses and sell. My next pair will be from the LBS so I make sure of the fit ect.

    Hope you have better luck with yours.

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