I recently got some Crankbrothers Mallet E pedals (standard cleats) and Shimano MW7 shoes for winter. Now I noticed that when I try to unclip with my rear foot the crank arm (Truvativ Stylo 6K, Boost) collides with my toes and locks me in place.

Tried to move the cleats to the front/inside with 15° release angle. This did not solve the problem.

Is this just a bad shoe/pedal/crank combination or should I try something else?

Thanks in advance

  • 5
    Cleat position/angle on the shoe should be set up for foot position, not for easy of unclipping (@Michael) to avoid injury
    – Chris H
    Dec 14, 2021 at 14:01
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    I'm not much of a mountainbiker, but do run SPDs on my hardtail, at least when riding solo. I almost always unclip near a 6 o'clock position, occasionally 12 o'clock. If I'm standing on horizontal cranks, that's not the time I want to be unclipping - I'd rather unclip earlier and ride with my mid-foot on the pedal if I feel the need (but my pedals are more suited to that than yours). Based on road experience, unclipping at the back of the stroke feels wrong like a wrong movement, especially as the foot has inherently got weight on it
    – Chris H
    Dec 14, 2021 at 14:05
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    I think I’ve never even tried unclipping with horizontal cranks. And I’ve done cyclocross. Not sure it’s actually a use case.
    – Michael
    Dec 14, 2021 at 14:47
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    But long spindles would affect your leg/hip angle which can cause all kinds of problems. Of course it depends on your specific anatomy.
    – Michael
    Dec 14, 2021 at 14:58
  • 2
    Are the cleats tight? If they can move just a bit, unclipping can be a lot harder. Dec 15, 2021 at 0:09


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