Whether revolving in the pro peloton or spinning happily amidst a well-contested club run or sportive, Speedplay Pedals are a well known and much loved fixture in the road cycling scene. Yet, many riders are not aware that it is possible to buy Speedplay specific shoes; footwear designed with a sole completely compatible with the Speedplay system, offering distinct advantages over a standard installation.
Top Benefits of a Speedplay Specific Sole
- Weight saving – as no adaptor plate is needed, savings of up to 50g are possible, per shoe
- Stack height – the Speedplay cleat fixes directly to the sole, saving over 8mm in cleat depth
- Improved corner clearance – faster corner speeds are possible thanks to better ground clearance
- A simpler setup – no adaptor means a direct to cleat connection
A great example of a built-for-Speedplay sole is in the DMT Hydra shoe, a made in Italy carbon soled road shoe, finished with 3 straps and a Boa system dial for granular fit adjustment.