Good shoe hampered by weird glitch
By Scott Pendleton November 19, 2011
First, the weird/bad: So my girlfriend got this in 37.5, and strangely enough the plate to mount the cleats could not slide all the way forward in the groove. I took the shoe apart, and there are two little nubs on the sole preventing the cleat mounting plate from moving more than 1/4" from the back of the grooves. With some needle nose pliers and a knife I managed to remove the little plastic nubs (on the inside of the sole, under the footbed) and then the plate could slide forward. But until I did that, the cleats couldn't be put anywhere close to under the ball of the foot. It was weird; I'm wondering if this is just for very small sizes? The sole is clearly the road shoe sole (has the three holes for a road cleat plugged, it was the mount for the front plug that was blocking the cleat mount plate movement) with tread added.
Anyway, once I fixed that for her so she could put her cleat in a reasonable place, she loved the shoe. I also have the MX170 in men's and I love it. It's comfortable; the BOA closure is awesome in that it's easy to adjust, stays put, and just feels better than straps/buckles; the sole is rugged with good traction and stiff enough to ride well. There have been complaints that it doesn't breathe well, but I guess I'm just not expecting that out of a shoe (and I live in SoCal, even). All in all, I like the shoe, just watch out for small sizes.
Also, the women's version doesn't have removable toe spikes whereas the men's does; the women's version just has non-attachable rubber cleats there.
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