By Rick Schultz
Mid-Foot Cycling – https://mid-foot-cycling.com/
BOLT2 (Crank Brothers, SPD) – $29.15 (€26)
ERGO3 (SPD-SL, Look, Garmin) –$31.40 (€28) – TESTED
SPIN2 (SPD) – $28.00 (€25)
SPPL4 (Speedplay, Wahoo) – $33.65 (€30)
What Did I Learn?
- It is difficult to move from a cleat forward to a cleat full-rearward position. I tried the cleat all the way back, but it felt as if I was pedaling with the middle of my inner arch.
- I changed the configuration
- Moved cleat adapter to the rear
- Moved the cleat to the front
- Adjusted cleat angle
- Dropped the saddle 8mm
- Checked my max knee extension and max knee flexion = good
- After riding for a month, this new cleat position feels much more natural than prior to installing the cleat adapters
- I can equate this to riding with Dura-Ace mechanical and moving to Di2, you don’t want to go back to mechanical
After I tightened everything up, I went on a 15 mile ride on the trainer. I stopped a couple times to tweak the cleats. After the cleats were set, the next day I went on a tougher 25 mile ride on the trainer. Everything felt normal.
Next, I did a 40 mile ride outdoors, everything felt natural. Next few rides were same 40 mile loop but bumped up the power. Still good. After this small block of riding, I went back to a pair of shoes that had the cleats in the original position. After resetting the saddle position, I rode the trainer for an hour and to be honest, I did not care for the old cleat position. I think the new position is much more comfortable.
After a month of riding, I really like this new cleat position. At first, I thought it was a gimmick, but it actually feels more natural putting the feet and calves in a more neutral position.
- LOSS OF POWER? No loss of power, same power, and heart rate as before, just a more comfortable and natural feeling cleat position.
- CLEAT PLACEMENT? This is a great solution for those with SIDI road shoes
- OVERALL THOUGHTS?
- For a full-mid-sole-mounted cleat position, at least for me, I don’t think I could get used to such an aggressive change.
- PATROCLEATS’ solution places the cleat into a neutral and safe position mid-way between where a cleat is normally positioned and full-mid-sole cleat position.
This new position seems to be the best of both worlds and for me this new position feels the most natural.
- Mandatory for SIDI road shoes. Two problems with SIDIs are
- They use cleat holes not slots
- Their holes are moved further forward on the sole making correct cleat placement impossible
- You need these adapters to get your cleats into the right position with SIDI road shoes
- Mid-sole cleat placement is best for TT, Triathlon, and any long-distance endurance event.
- Saddle needs to drop up to 1cm (for adapters and cleats moved all the way to the rear.
- Are they worth it? Yes, I believe it is money well spent and these DO WORK. 5-star rating!
Coach Rick Schultz is an avid cyclist who trains, races and coaches in Southern California. Rick is an engineer by trade, and in addition to being a coach, he’s a bike fitter and prolific product reviewer. He’s the author of Stretching & Core Strengthening for the Cyclist in the RBR eBookstore. Check his product reviews website, www.biketestreviews.com, and his coaching site, www.bikefitnesscoaching.com. Click to read Rick’s full bio.