MTB pedals on a ROAD crank

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Anonymous's picture

i'm a mtb-er getting into road cycling, can i use may mtb clipless pedals on a road crank to avoid buying a new pair of pedals and shoes

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Jim Reaven (not verified)
Many do

Many people do because they are easier to walk in...including me. I would also like to know what I am missing. Perhaps I pull around a few extra grams. Perhaps I lose one second on the start-up. Is there anything that matters to a B rider?

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Evan Marks (not verified)
Ooooh, what you're missing!

Doing the drunken iceskater routine when your cleats hit the slippery floor at the lunch stop.


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shoe guy (not verified)
not much

"Look pedals and the like have a larger surface than SPD's. BUT...with a good stiff shoe, this doesn't matter that much. Softer shoes might give you ""hot spots"" with tiny pedals. Although I ride SPD's on my tandem for better foot down traction, and have never had a problem."

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"Chainwheel" (not verified)
Yes, but...

""" avoid buying a new pair of pedals and shoes.""

Your MTB pedals will work fine. But swapping the pedals back and forth between bikes is going to be a pain. You can get MTB pedals cheap on eBay.


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David Regen (not verified)
it depends

The only problem is that your position on the pedals may feel less precise. Fit on an MTB doesn't have to be so perfect, but on a road bike, it's another story.

I use Crank Bros. Candy pedals with Sidi shoes on one of my road bikes. I've been to enough races where racers are using them or even Eggbeater pedals, because they are so light and they work fine.

I'm also using some very stiff carbon-soled shoes with Time Impact (road) pedals on another bike, and I can tell you, the interface is perfect. Lateral movement is adjustable but it almost feels like my foot is part of the crankset. Of course, now that I'm racing, I'm spending a lot more time practicing sprinting up steep hills, and as a B rider, you may never do that.

You might actually get the same effect by using a carbon-soled mtb shoe, but I haven't tried it.

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Eric (not verified)
Mtb to road pedal switch

Many thanks guys, the info has been very helpful.

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