Frequent question: Why are road and MTB pedals different?

Can I use MTB pedals on a road bike?

Condensed answer: Road and mountain bike pedals designed for adults have the same pedal thread (9/16” x 20 TPI). As a result, you can easily swap pedals between bikes. There’s nothing wrong with using mountain bike pedals on a road bike.

Do pedals make a difference on a road bike?

Sounds like your cleats are worn. Try some new ones and see it it makes a difference (cleats are relatively cheap). If not, then your pedals are probably worn. Worn pedals can work ok for most riding but if you want to get into racing I wouldn’t want to risk worn pedals causing a problem.

What is the difference between road and mountain bike cleats?

Mountain bike pedals use the shoe tread as the contact point, while road pedals use a specialized cleat as the contact point. As such, road specific pedals can choose materials and control the contact patch better allowing a much smoother float (and often more float) than mountain bike systems.

Do mountain bikers clip in?

While clipless pedals are pretty much ubiquitous on road bikes, mountain bike riders are split between clipped-in and flat pedal users. … Flats are good for technique too, for example, if you want to learn how to bunny hop you can’t rely on pulling up on the pedals.

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How much faster do clipless pedals make you?

Clipless pedal systems provide approximately 10% more maximum power output during short periods (How are MTB shoes different?

MTB shoes have more grip but they’re also stiffer when comparing them to normal shoes. … The normal shoe is designed for impacts and maintaining grip on a skateboard, this is completely different from a flat pedal. Sure they do a way better job than tennis shoes but aren’t designed for slippery pedals.