Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Pedals: Mountain vs. Road

Is there much of a difference between clipless road pedals/shoes vs. mountain pedals/shoes? I've never tried road shoes/pedals -- just SPD 520 mountain pedals. I know mountain pedals are easier to walk in. Just wondering if it'd be worth the switch for road rides.

4 comments:

da terminator said...

Road shoes are usually stiffer than mt shoes and along with road pedals are often designed to distribute your power more efficiently but unless you are a racer, I don't see them as a necessity. I found that my road cleats wear out quickly if you walk in them a lot and are more expensive to replace than mountain. Also keep in mind that there are different styles of pedals and cleats and you might want to try them out before deciding which style fits your needs best.

kevin said...

Thanks for the input Janna. Since I'm not a racer, it may not be worth the switch. Road shoes are quite a bit more pricey from what I've seen.

c_c_rider said...

road shoes and pedals are lighter too, which is another reason that makes them faster (less rotational weight). but like janna said, unless you do serious competitive riding you probably won't notice the difference. however, road shoes and pedals are generally more comfortable because they distribute your power through a larger cleat/pedal contact area. some complain of hotspots and other discomfort when using a SPD/mountain type shoe and pedal for longer distance road riding. but if you're comfortable with your current setup there's no need to change.

as for cost, sometimes you can find new and used road shoes and pedals on ebay for a lot less than full retail.

kevin said...

Thanks CC, great info.