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 Post subject: Midsole cleat position
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:26 pm 
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This is a tangent from my other thread regarding hot foot here:

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Has anyone tried this? Seems interesting. I've pushed my cleats back as far as possible for now. Doesn't feel as springy gazelle like but you have more of an "in the bike" feel. A combo of this along with Specialized BG inserts and shims seem to have helped alot with the hot foot. Supposedly you gain about 10% more power because you're using less calf and more quad/glute. I have yet to confirm this. Don't wanna re-drill my shoes yet!

http://www.joefrielsblog.com/2011/03/mi ... mance.html


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Just my $.02, but pedaling with the midsole is a more "natural" position. Just look at the majority of people who ride bikes without clipless pedals, especially kids. They're not on their toes.

For maximum power output though, I'm not sure how one could argue against engaging the calf muscles. If you don't believe me, see how high you can jump without using your calves.

I have a lot of respect for Friel, but I believe the context of the gains from midsole riding was to preserve running form in triathletes.

Again, just my $.02.


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I concur. My interest is in how if at all this would effectively apply to MTB vs Tri for kinetic energy output vs longevity.


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