There are a few different schools of thought when it comes to cleat placement. But recently, the idea of midfoot or midsole cleat placement has become increasingly popular – particularly in the world of triathlon. More than just running your cleat back as far as they go in standard shoes, true midfoot positioning requires a dedicated set up. But before you invest in a new pair of shoes, the PatroCleat Mid-Foot adapters will allow you to try it out on your existing footwear.

PatroCleats Adapters 24mm setback

According to the description, the PatroCleat adapters will move standard three-bolt cleats backwards as much as 24mm. According to the company, the rearward position can help to reduce hot spots, and alleviate foot pain, eliminate problems with heel drop on long rides, protects your Achilles tendons, helps keep your calves relaxed, and reduces drag thanks to a 10mm saddle height reduction.

PatroCleats Adapters mid-foot 3mm high

The adapters are made from “aerospace grade aluminum” and anodized black. They will add 3mm to the cleat stack height, and 26g to the weight of your shoes.

PatroCleats Adapters mid-foot ERGO vs COMP

Offered in two versions, ERGO and COMP, both allow for a maximum 24mm setback of the cleat. However, the COMP version only has one set of threaded inserts, and therefore only allows for a 12-24mm adjustment range. The ERGO version allows for a 0-12mm range for the first set of mounting holes, and 12-24mm adjustment for the second. The lack of the second set of threads does remove 3g from the weight of the COMPs.

PatroCleats Adapters packaging

Based out of Switzerland, Mid-Foot cleat adapters are sold in a set with all the necessary hardware for €32,50. Worldwide shipping is available, with delivery times based on travel from Switzerland.


    • It definitely does add toe overlap for a lot of people…. however having experimented with mid foot positions it only makes a difference in low speed turning, typically not an issue on road bikes once you’re outside of the parking lot. It can be really frustrating on a cyclocross bike ( but this kit isn’t made for mtb cleats ) Many people who try it, end up liking it. The load taken off the calf can be a big deal for a lot of people.

      • No toe overlap on my bike, even in size 48!
        This is Cannondale Supersix Evo 2020. It has 55mm fork offset pair with 71.2degree HTA. It result in front center that is as long as Trek Emonda size 56. Check their size 54, it has longer front center than Trek Emonda size 62!

    • Every road bike I have ever owned has had toe overlap. It is not a problem, the only time there is ever an issue is at very slow speeds. I bet if you check the pro peloton that a vast majority have toe overlap.

  1. The cool thing is that you don’t have to buy these if you trouble dealing with toe overlap, and the reality is that for most riders, toe overlap is easily overcome.

  2. The comments regarding cyclists who have problems with toe overlap on their frame biomechanically clearly indicates that these cyclists need a bike fit and an increase in the size of the frame of their preferred ride

    • Not really. I can have the same exact bike fit and general frame size across many models. Some will cause overlap, others won’t. For a road bike its really based on head tube angle and front center.

      But regarding overlap. The comments infer that they set cleat position based on overlap, not what results in the best for their biomechanics.

    • Wrong. I’m 5’8 and wear a size 46.5 shoe. I ride A 52cm frame and it fits me perfect but you better believe my clown feet are gonna hit that wheel if I’m not careful.

  3. Just like every other touchpoint on the bicycle. Cleat position helps people differently depending on their physical concern. Moving my cleats back as far as possible with normal cleats and shoes has reduced hotspots and metatarsal pain in my feet. Before you dismiss this with toe overlap, do some research.

  4. I just found these recently, great find because Speedplay stopped making their setback adaptors and these are also suitable for 3 bolt cleats. With weird feet like mine I need almost 20mm setback just to get to the standard cleat position.

  5. Would like to try that out on my gravel bike. Alas: SPD and shoes with recessed cleats (for better walking). Seems like there is no provision for that at the moment.

  6. This is a great idea. In addition to the possible toe overlap issue for some riders you would have more “cleat stack” but it would be worth it to me. Any plans for a SPD/Time compatible version?

    • This cleat placement can have tangible benefits for tri (with some of the residual benefit playing out on the run) …gotta lower your seat relative to the cleat placement, and as mentioned, overlap can be a minor issue at low speed. I’ve been using mid placement on my tt/tri setup since the mid ’00’s without any issue.
      Only thing I don’t like is… climbing out of the saddle does not feel as fluid…thus why I don’t run significant setback (compared to my Tri) on my road setup.

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