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new MTB shoe suggestion -or good fix suggestion

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 

looking to buy new MTB shoes, anyone know of good shoes under 150.00 that have narrower heel pockets? I have NW's now but the heel pocket is too wide.  or if there's a good fix for this?  

post #2 of 32
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post #3 of 32

Try Cannondale, the pair I have fit slim, like my feet.

Snow in southern AZ, not even autumn color here yet, still summer, yuck.

post #4 of 32

I wish I knew more to help you....

 

I have wide foot and sidi were too narrow. try those on for a start.

post #5 of 32
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as luck would have it, I found a pair of Smartfeet insoles (for cycling, I think) in my old pair of road shoes, they really seemed to help out, I may just cinch them up with a little mole skin but worth a try. I like the shoes.

post #6 of 32

Is your shoe size  42.5 or less?   If yes, maybe you should be looking at the wimmins section.

 

If moleskin becomes a regular need,  thin ezeefits might be a better answer.

http://www.ezeefitsports.com/booties.htm

post #7 of 32
Thread Starter 

I'm a 10.5 and I fit in the 43 NW's fine, this is a pretty cool product.  Thanks!

post #8 of 32

Are you interested only in XC race cleats  or also in more AM  type shoes that you can actually walk in if needed?

 

I find the clipless AM hiking style shoes are more comfy than cleats. Especially if you walk at all in them.


Edited by tromano - 9/28/10 at 11:45am
post #9 of 32
Thread Starter 

cleats are not required,  i ride X-country and nothing serious. i like the fit of the ratchet closure and the stiff sole.

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The reason I asked that is because actually finding size 42  wimmins bike shoes to try on is like finding undrilled Spatulas; 43s are going to be SOL for most makes and models. 

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I'm a 10.5 and I fit in the 43 NW's fine,

 

 

Do any of the rest of you think Finndog is going to have hisself a pair of Rocket7s, Simmons, Bonts or the equivalent  by this time next year? 

post #11 of 32
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cleats are not required,  i ride X-country and nothing serious. i like the fit of the ratchet closure and the stiff sole.



For what you described cleats are the best call. Most efficient. You probably won't need to walk much, like the buckles, etc...

 

I prefer the Rubber soled types for MOAB and St George techncial rock rides (e.g. porcupoine rim, slick rock, etc...)  where you may want to walk something and walking in clieats is sketchy.

post #12 of 32
Thread Starter 

i'm such a gaper, i don't even know what those are (assuming they are shoes?)  I think I should stick to my $100 shoes... they are a good fit! (in lots of ways :)

post #13 of 32
Thread Starter 

i just looked up the rocket 7's..... nice.... I hope I get good enough to warrent those! 

post #14 of 32
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i'm such a gaper, i don't even know what those are (assuming they are shoes?)  I think I should stick to my $100 shoes... they are a good fit! (in lots of ways " class="bbcode_smiley" height="1" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies//smile.gif" title=":)" width="1" />



I have no idea what he is talking about either.

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I have no idea what he is talking about either.

 

LMGTFY:

 

http://www.d2shoe.com/2010/mtbgallery.html

http://www.pinnacleracing.com/cucysh.html

http://www.bont.com/cycling/products/index.html

 

afaict Rocket 7, LUST, and Simmons are no longer doing it.

post #16 of 32

Cool. Not surprising that something like this exists, I suppose.

post #17 of 32
Thread Starter 

the north waves are a really good value, well constructed, stiff sole, 3 strap closure with ratchet top,  vented toe, rubber soles that provide good traction on rocks. Just a wider heel but the super feet insoles really helped. May be too heavy for some weight-weenies.

post #18 of 32

 

Yeah.    I used to wear Northwaves.    And Briko Raiders.

 

 

Back when Cippo was cool.

 

 

cipollini+northwave.jpg

 

(I might or might not have shopped for a Saeco coffee machine at this time)

post #19 of 32
Thread Starter 

hmm, try a Quick Mill, ANita next time.... its a real coffee machine

 

http://www.chriscoffee.com/products/home/espresso/anita 

 

post #20 of 32

I have a pair of these and I have fairly narrow feet, as in skiing in 98mm lasted boots.  They fit well and are comfortable for walking around when I need to do that.  I've used them with Egg Beaters for about 18 months on my Scott road bike, but will probably switch to road shoes and Speedplay Zeros next year for better power transfer for racing.  Then I can walk like a duck.
 

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Shimano Men's SH-M161G Mountain Bike Cycling Shoe--- thoughts?

 

 

http://www.campmor.com/shimano-men-s-m161g-mountain-bike-cycling-shoe.shtml?source=GAN&cm_mmc=GAN-_-Google%20Product%20Listing%20Ads-_-Primary-_-

 

post #21 of 32

If I were to have bought Norhhwaves at the time it would have been more for the Paola factor.

 

http://promociclos.blogspot.com/2009/11/paola-pezzo-la-estrella-de-northwave.html

post #22 of 32
Thread Starter 

so the shoes, not liked so much here? 

post #23 of 32

Nothing wrong with the shoes, distribution has always been spotty though.

 

IMHO you can't go wrong with Shimano or Sidi.

 

My question, how do you notice the heel pocket being too wide. I have narrow heels and I'd say all of my heel pockets feel to wide when hike a biking, but I never feel it when riding, so it's not a problem. I got a pair of carbon-sloed Sidis last season and feel the looseness even more on those and I think it's because when walking, the shoe can't bend at all, so my heel comes up. No biggie, and I love pedaling the carbon soles. If I wear my old shoes it's pretty noticeable how soft they are.

post #24 of 32
Thread Starter 

I feel heel lift when pulling up on the pedal stroke. The soles are pretty stiff so maybe what you are describing is normal?  The insoles did tighten up the fit considerably. I will ride with them this weekend.

post #25 of 32
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thanks for the review

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I have a pair of these and I have fairly narrow feet, as in skiing in 98mm lasted boots.  They fit well and are comfortable for walking around when I need to do that.  I've used them with Egg Beaters for about 18 months on my Scott road bike, but will probably switch to road shoes and Speedplay Zeros next year for better power transfer for racing.  Then I can walk like a duck.
 

post #26 of 32

 

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hmm, try a Quick Mill, ANita next time.... its a real coffee machine


Yeah, but do they have a bike team?  

 

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so the shoes, not liked so much here? 

 

 

The ones I used  were alright...eventually.   The sole plate threading was weak (I had to re-tap something like 8 holes on 2 pairs of shoes and then epoxy the result), the last shape was a bit short on the 4th and 5th toes,  and the nylon toe or heel trim would get shredded with any sort of serious friction.   <shrug>  their winter MTB shoe was easily the warmest bike shoe I've ever had.     Then I realized Lake & Nike & Carnac fit me better and never looked back.


Edited by comprex - 9/29/10 at 10:20am
post #27 of 32

 

Unfortunately at the time I looked nothing at all like Paola.     And Specialized sunnies are... a bit meh.
 

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If I were to have bought Norhhwaves at the time it would have been more for the Paola factor.

post #28 of 32
Thread Starter 

next pair I will hunt down a good bike shop and get the shoe that fits me best . (as long as its 150 or less  )

 

 

post #29 of 32

Well, as usual, by the time I think to post the thread is about done. lots of suggestions here. I thought I'd share a few thoughts. As far as a fix, probably the best bet would be a heel counter. Although, this will probably lift your heel up to high and cause it to piston out of the shoe. You could also sandwich another insole in there, which would probably have the same effect.

 

My current top rung MTB shoes are Lakes with the BOA system. I have 2 pair. I think these are compareable to a Sidi and much less expensive. http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_506053_-1_201859_10000_200383

 

 

 

I also like some of the Diadora shoes. I have 2 pair of those as well. I think Diadora makes Cannondale's shoes. http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_508893_-1_201664_10000_200383

 

 

Hard to go wrong with Shimano as well. http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_507046_-1_200297_200275_200383

 

 

I would stay away from Specialized brand shoes, Trek and Nike. I have had bad luck with those. Tearing uppers, soles delaminating, straps tearing.

post #30 of 32
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Hey John, great to hear from you and that Lake shoe is very nice. In hunting around, thoughts on the Lake winter/cold weather shoes?

 

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_511636_-1_201774_10000_200383 

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