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    Light Cycling Shoes important or not?

    Im about to order some new cycling shoes and wondering is the weight should be consideration?

    The shoes Im considering both fit well and I like a lot, but one pair is about 100grams lighter, Also a bit more $.

    Do lighter cycling shoes make any noticeable difference? Seems silly to ask but we spend so much effort/money on lightening our bikes, especially for the racers and competitive riders shouldn't shoe weight be a consideration also?

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    IMHO, yes. Do I own light shoes? No. If the lighter shoes are much more expensive, I would go for the heavier ones. But then, I don't race and the only reason I ride is for fitness and fun.
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    Any weight you can take off anywhere on your bike, body, water bottles, whatever, will make you go up hills faster. Weight would be low on my list of priorities when buying a shoe though. If you do go for lighter shoes, make sure you aren't sacrificing any sole stiffness. I have a feeling there may be more affordable ways to take off 100g, too. Some of those high-end shoes are mighty pricey.

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    If you are not a Cat 2, you will just be spending money.

    If you want to go up hills faster, train more.
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    The price difference is only $50 and since I spend a lot more than that to drop 100grams on my bikes, why not drop weight on the shoes right? Its actually 100grams per shoe I think

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    NO, fit and durability is more important. I have had my share of lightweight shoes and they just did not seem as durable. To lose the weight, makers need to sacrifice something.

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    I say spend as much money on shoes as you want. It's a direct contact point to your body. Never skimp on bibs, jerseys, jackets, shoes, socks, chamois cream, gloves, and saddle.

    Losing the weight on the shoes is always cheaper than losing them in the pedals. And buying nice shoes is always more satisfactory than a nice pedal.
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    While weight should not be the #1 consideration in a shoe, the weight does matter. It as the same impact as your pedal+cleat weight.

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    The weight is the last thing to consider for cycling shoes.
    their fit is much more important. As well as a sole stiffness (not due to a better power transfer but due to a better feel on long rides).
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryyder View Post
    Im about to order some new cycling shoes and wondering is the weight should be consideration?

    The shoes Im considering both fit well and I like a lot, but one pair is about 100grams lighter, Also a bit more $.

    Do lighter cycling shoes make any noticeable difference? Seems silly to ask but we spend so much effort/money on lightening our bikes, especially for the racers and competitive riders shouldn't shoe weight be a consideration also?

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    I was in a Pearl Izumi outlet store the other day. I picked up a pair of $250 shoes and was only able to detect a slight difference in weight from my Giro whatevers at $100 a pair. I'm sure the expensive shoes are lighter, but it sure didn't feel like a $150 difference.

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    My Mavic Huez shoes fit great and are very light and I only paid $150. I'd recommend trying them. I got them based on fit and price, their weight was just a perk for me.

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    Expensive shoes are differentiated from cheap one not only - and even not mostly - by weight. Soles (material and construction), a upper material, closure devices, ventilation, fit, ... - you name it.


    Quote Originally Posted by desertgeezer View Post
    I was in a Pearl Izumi outlet store the other day. I picked up a pair of $250 shoes and was only able to detect a slight difference in weight from my Giro whatevers at $100 a pair. I'm sure the expensive shoes are lighter, but it sure didn't feel like a $150 difference.

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    I used to ride with sidi mtb shoes that were noticeably heavier than the shoes that replaced them when held in my hands. On the bike I really cant tell the difference though. The newer shoes do feel stiffer but theyre road shoes....

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    You realize you're talking about 3.5 ounces, right? How much difference could that make. I echo the posts above that say a stiff sole (carbon fiber) and a good fit should be your primary concerns. I'd also suggest that you visit the weight weenies forum.
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    I own a set of specialized sworks road and they were expensive. They are light, but it was the last thing on my mind when I purchased them. I liked the look and the wide fit was perfect for my feet, tose were my main concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Versatile View Post
    You realize you're talking about 3.5 ounces, right? How much difference could that make. I echo the posts above that say a stiff sole (carbon fiber) and a good fit should be your primary concerns. I'd also suggest that you visit the weight weenies forum.
    Im talking about almost half a pound, its over 100 grams per shoe. If you think that amount is insignificant you obviously must not do any competitive cycling. Like I've said already they both fit/feel great and neither seems to have an advantage fit or feel wise. The only noticeable difference being $50 more for the lighter ones.

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    IMHO, the weight is MUCH less important than fit. Remember the shoes are basically attached to your cranks, so the weight that is being lifted on the rising upward stroke pedal is equal to the weight being pushed down by gravity on the downward stroke pedal. 200 grams off total bike+rider system weight has only a negligible effect in most cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryyder View Post
    Im about to order some new cycling shoes and wondering is the weight should be consideration?

    The shoes Im considering both fit well and I like a lot, but one pair is about 100grams lighter, Also a bit more $.

    Do lighter cycling shoes make any noticeable difference? Seems silly to ask but we spend so much effort/money on lightening our bikes, especially for the racers and competitive riders shouldn't shoe weight be a consideration also?
    If they both fit, then yes, the lighter shoes will make a very noticeable difference. And 100 grams for the shoes is a significant difference. They're in direct contact with your body, you're having to move them directly, they ain't gonna move unless you move them.
    I'm stuck wearing a heavy pair of Carnac Legends. I haven't yet found a light pair that are wide enough. If I do, I'll switch in a second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryyder View Post
    Do lighter cycling shoes make any noticeable difference?
    They make as much difference as lighter pedals, lighter brakes, lighter frame or "lighter anything": they make no difference whatsoever by themselves, but they can make some difference as part of the system of lightweight components (where weight savings from each component add up to something more noticeable).

    If you decided to lighten your entire bike by improving everything that can be improved, then choosing lighter shoes makes perfect sense. But if you are only considering the shoes and nothing else, then it will make no difference at all. Better select the shoes by the level of comfort, not by their weight.

    Of course, as long as we are talking about a well-made modern bike, the weight of the bike is a completely inconsequential parameter. Its effects fall well below the "noise level" of a typical road ride, meaning that they are not detectable outside of exotic laboratory conditions and measurement environments.
    Last edited by AndreyT; 08-06-2012 at 01:05 AM.

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    Shoes are rotating mass so it's probably as important as light wheels. But not as important as fit.

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    I just bought a set of Bontrager bike shoes for $140 and love them!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Shoes are rotating mass so it's probably as important as light wheels. But not as important as fit.
    The importance of rotating mass considerations is determined by the magnitude of RPM change and the distance from the axis of rotation.

    Lighter wheels are not very important, but it is easy to make a theoretical point for lighter wheels in light of the above considerations.

    In case of shoes the "rotating mass" considerations play no detectable role at all (unless unless your cranks are half a meter long and you go from 0 to 500 rpm of cadence in an instant).

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    Blow your budget

    Shoes and pedals are the most important contact point on the bike because they impact both comfort and performance. Blow your budget IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreyT View Post
    The importance of rotating mass considerations is determined by the magnitude of RPM change and the distance from the axis of rotation.

    Lighter wheels are not very important, but it is easy to make a theoretical point for lighter wheels in light of the above considerations.

    In case of shoes the "rotating mass" considerations play no detectable role at all (unless unless your cranks are half a meter long and you go from 0 to 500 rpm of cadence in an instant).
    Light wheels are only theoretically important and light shoes make no nevermind, so that makes light shoes just as important as light wheels, just like I said.

    At 6' and 185lbs I never did much go in for weight weenieism.

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    Significance

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryyder View Post
    Im talking about almost half a pound, its over 100 grams per shoe. If you think that amount is insignificant you obviously must not do any competitive cycling. Like I've said already they both fit/feel great and neither seems to have an advantage fit or feel wise. The only noticeable difference being $50 more for the lighter ones.
    A 150 lb (68 kg) rider on a 6% grade putting out 250 watts will be 15 seconds faster every hour of climbing by saving 200 grams. At 350 watts, the savings will be 13 seconds per hour of climbing. If these numbers are significant for you, then certainly spend the $$ to save the 200 gm.

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