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Pedal/shoe/cleat combo issues unclipping

Old 05-23-20, 02:50 PM
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Pedal/shoe/cleat combo issues unclipping

I have some look x-track spd pedals on my gravel bike. My issue is one pair of my shoes, some dhb mtb shoes, are extremely hard to unclip from the pedals. the shoes are less than 6 months old and the pedals and cleats are newer than that. Iíve try reducing the tension for the pedals way down with little luck. Iíve tried my older shoes and they unclip easily. It seems like just some weird incompatibility issue with my shoes and these pedals. I canít see any issues on the bottom of the shoes.

am I missing something?
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I'll bet the side treads on the toes of your shoes are too deep and putting too much pressure on the sides of the pedals and too much tension between the cleat and the hold-down lugs on the pedals. You could (a) deal with it until the shoes wear down, (b) grind the shoe treads down about a bit to speed things up, or (c) mount a thin shim between the cleat and the shoe sole to lift the shoe off the pedal a bit. I like the last because it's both immediate and reversible. The hard plastic shims for mounting Crank Brothers cleats should work well.
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Grinding down the shoe's sole at strategic points use to be a common thing, to achieve best cleat engagement on MtB shoes. Andy
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