Riding with Speedplay Specific Shoes

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.

A standard 3-bolt Look type sole with Speedplay cleat on the left, and a Speedplay specific sole with cleat on the right - notice the much lower stack height.

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.

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About the Rider: Peter
Co-founder of Always Riding, Pete enjoys road, trail and a good city commute. Most of all though, he loves chatting to other riders, the mid-ride stop after a leg-breaking ascent, and a cup of tea at the end of the ride. There is no truth in the rumour that he likes to wear women's clothes and hang around in bars. No truth at all.
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