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Right now I am riding a Specialized Hardrock with slick tires until I get a road bike. I am thinking of buying road shoes and pedals for the hardrock and using them when I get a road bike. I am a cheap person and the Forte shoes and pedals are tempting me. Shoes and pedals for under $100, crazy! What is your opinion of the Forte pedals and shoes from Performance Bike? Also, am I silly for wanting to put road gear on my hardrock?
 

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I don't know about the shoes that you mentioned, but I've been using cheap diadora mtn shoes I think they're geko IIs and cheap shimano double sided mtn pedals on my roadbike for a couple of years and dont have too many complaints. I wanted to be able to walk in the shoes so got mountain ones, but road shoes are supposed to have a bigger platform and be more comfortable over long distances. Having said that I do 185 Ks on my longest ride and haven't developed hot spots yet.
If you put the road stuff on your mountainbike it will let you get used to the shoes and pedals. If you're doing lond road rides it might improve comfort for your feet and look kinda odd but who cares eh?:D
 

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If you are talking about the Performance house brand pedal that uses the "Look" Delta cleat, I can tell you that they are pretty good. I've raced on them for the last six months, and they seem to be holding up well. I'm stuck with the "Look" Delta system because I have three bikes with it, and I'm too cheap to buy three pairs of Keo prdals. Look doesn't make a racing pedal that uses Delta cleats anymore.
 

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Meatball said:
Right now I am riding a Specialized Hardrock with slick tires until I get a road bike. I am thinking of buying road shoes and pedals for the hardrock and using them when I get a road bike. I am a cheap person and the Forte shoes and pedals are tempting me. Shoes and pedals for under $100, crazy! What is your opinion of the Forte pedals and shoes from Performance Bike? Also, am I silly for wanting to put road gear on my hardrock?

Just make sure the shoes fit. I went with the specialized carbon $129 (2 years use and now use them daily on my mountain bike) and pros $199 (brand new) for my road bike.

I went with Dura Ace pedals on both. I couldn't stand seeing something so huge as those other pedals.
 

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I've had the Forte' pedals for a couple of years on my commuter. That bike sees 32 mi per day. They've been just fine. No complaints at all.
 

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Yes, those are the pedals. Before this year, they used their own dedicated cleat. For 2006, they changed then to go with Look "delta" cleats.
Shoes are a whole different topic. If those shoes fit your feet perfectly, go with them.
Never buy shoes online, without trying then on first. A shoe that might feels great on my feet, may feel like crap on yours.
 

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You can buy shoes online, and if they don't feel right then return them. Just note that you may have to spend a little money to mail them back for a different size. It really only likely that you may want a different size. But I feel Performance probably has their shoes sized very close to true to minimize returns. I've had Performance shoes in the past with good results.
 

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I had been riding my mountain shoes and pedals on my road bike for the last year, and thought they were pretty good. I just picked up Sidi Genius shoes and Look Keo pedals, and can't believe I rode the mtb stuff so long. The Sidi shoes really are all that, and the Keo pedals hold the cleat much tighter than the SPD system. I know the price is high, but from what I've heard they last forever (hell, even my specialized MTB shoes are 7 years old), and the comfort is unbelievable.
I got the shoes + pedal set from probikekit.com for less than $200 US shipped. That's hard to beat for what you get.
 

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I'm so cheap.....

I bought a pair of Performance shoes from the clearance room ( think I paid maybe $20) and have had them for four years with no problems whatsover. I am using the Shimano SPD sport pedals that came with the bike. I don't think you need to worry, the Performance house brand of most items is pretty good.
 

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Beware Forte pedals!!!

MR_GRUMPY said:
If you are talking about the Performance house brand pedal that uses the "Look" Delta cleat, I can tell you that they are pretty good. I've raced on them for the last six months, and they seem to be holding up well. I'm stuck with the "Look" Delta system because I have three bikes with it, and I'm too cheap to buy three pairs of Keo prdals. Look doesn't make a racing pedal that uses Delta cleats anymore.
The pics posted show a different "Look" type pedal than the ones I had experience. However, if the pedal you are looking at looks like this one:
<img src="https://www.universalcycles.com/images//products/small/7076.jpg">
run away from them as fast as you can!!!!

If you want me to elaborate, read my review of my Wellgo/Nashbar/Forte pedals (they are all the same...) in the reviews. These pedals are not only cheap, they are dangerous as well!

Otherwise, as far as the quality of bearings go-you only get 1 bearing race per pedal, and a nylon bushing on the inside instead of a bearing. Cheap crap, guaranteed to wear out in a year.....
 

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Pedals, no; Shoes, yes.

I concur with Dave_Stohler. I blew out the older version of the Look-compatible pedal very quickly. The bearing race sort of exploded. That's not the version in your picture, but it's one history. NOS real Look pedals are pretty cheap, actually.

Cheap shoes, on the other hand, have been very good to me. I have had good luck with both performance and nashbar brand lower-level road shoes like you're looking at. I only just "upgraded" from them as wide biking shoes have come down below $200.
 

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I don't know about the pedals, but the GF has a pair of the shoes (the ATB version, but it's exactly the same save tread) and likes them fine. At my examination the synthetic material was much lower quality / stiffer than, say, my Sidis, but they were like $40, so I can't fault 'em.

If they are comfortable for you then go right ahead.
 

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I've been very pleased with Forte shoes and pedals. My 18 year old pedals are history but 2 other pairs are OK. Of my 2 pair of Look pedals, one bit the dust in less than a year.
 

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yes, you will

in the long sad history of bad ideas, cheaop shoes and pedals hold the flags in the parade. Followed by the better material band and how a hybrid frame design will change your life percussion corps...................
 

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When I first started biking some many years ago, oh yea I forgot, I bought cheap shoes for $20. They were uncomfortable, but I couldn't afford better. I'm older now, and I hope wiser, and believe that certain things should be cost managed and others should be top of the line. Shoes can make your ride miserable, so I bought Sidi ($200) and haven't regretted it at all.
 
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