XC shoes for flat pedals.

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XC shoes for flat pedals.

Postby 3spd » 2 Jan 2012, 5:12pm

I haveasked this question on the singletrack forum but with limited results, so i shall ask it slightly differently.

Is anyone using any XC shoes, i.e. like tahoe's, on flat (BMX) pedals?

If so what are you using and how good do they perform?
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Re: XC shoes for flat pedals.

Postby andyh2 » 2 Jan 2012, 6:12pm

I use my Inov8 off road running shoes on DMR V8s. They're not as grippy as flat soled shoes, but the tread is welcome when I get off. I find them a good compromise.

Past few days I've been using wellies :roll: I put up with less grip than the Inov8s for completely warm and dry feet :)

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Re: XC shoes for flat pedals.

Postby san0 » 4 Jan 2012, 7:37pm

I have used Specialized Tahoe on flats, it's Ok, but my friend wears and highly recommends the Five Ten brand of shoes. For more casual dual use go for Vans skate shoes as well. http://www.wiggle.co.uk/offroad-shoes/

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Re: XC shoes for flat pedals.

Postby Tango » 7 Jul 2012, 7:39am

I use 510 impact lows on DMR Vaults and they are very grippy

The 510s do act like a sponge in this weather though :)
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Re: XC shoes for flat pedals.

Postby Brett Nicolle » 13 Aug 2012, 1:34pm

I use the 5-10 Freerider shoe, not for XC but for dirt jumping (I use Spesh Tahoe clipped in for XC/trail riding). I use these on flat pedals. I have used several different brands/models of flat pedal, just make sure they have good pins. They provide almost as much grip as the Low Impact sole, but are a lot lighter. They are not the stiffest sole, but a lot better than a pair of trainers. The main difference between them and Low Impacts is that they don't provide the toe and ankle protection of the Low Impacts (or even the Hi-Impacts). There are also some good cycling specific flat pedal shoes on the market now from Teva. 5-10 now also have shoes with clips. Mind you if I'm doing serious freeride or downhill nothing beats the 5-10 Low or Hi Impact if you're on flats...

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Re: XC shoes for flat pedals.

Postby Tango » 13 Aug 2012, 7:13pm

I hear good things about the Tevas
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Re: XC shoes for flat pedals.

Postby Jezrant » 23 Aug 2012, 7:57pm

I used to but found it sketchy. switched to studded pedals. works brilliantly.

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Re: XC shoes for flat pedals.

Postby bloghog » 29 Nov 2012, 12:48pm

I use 510's for ultimate stickiness but they do have a bit of a Frankenfeet look about them and are not great for casual wear :D

A compromise is something from Vans, a grippy sole but more casual look. Not much experience of specific BMX pedals I use DMR v8's if that is any help.

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Re: XC shoes for flat pedals.

Postby Eddie Hotrod » 11 Feb 2013, 11:36pm

Are you riding XC?

I wear a pair of La Sportiva trail running shoes, on some old sunline flats. They work well enough, could do with having a slightly stiffer midsole.

I can't ride SPDs as my knees and ankles aren't in alignment.

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Re: XC shoes for flat pedals.

Postby 3spd » 26 Feb 2013, 8:33am

I am riding XC and want a shoe with some grip for walking in mud.
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Re: XC shoes for flat pedals.

Postby Brucey » 26 Feb 2013, 6:11pm

Eddie Hotrod wrote:Are you riding XC?

I can't ride SPDs as my knees and ankles aren't in alignment.

Eddie


check out the speedplay pedals for various axle lengths, camber and float options.

If you are on a budget you can;

-extend SPD spindles if necessary
-camber adjust inside the shoes
- modify cleats to give more float from new

with a little work you might find you can ride clipless (if you want to) without spending a fortune.

BTW for riding flats and getting a lot of grip, you can use an SPD XC shoe with a blanking plate installed; these shoes often come with 'walrus tusk' studs for extra grip; these are demountable if you don't need them.

cheers
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