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With its iconic grip and comfortable interior, Five Ten’s Freerider Flat pedal shoes is renowned for its superior performance. This unrivaled shoe boasts Stealth S1 rubber soles with a dotty tread pattern that offers an unbeatable connection to your pedals – whether it be during long climbs or when taking on jumps and technical features. Get ready for the best ride of your life!
Moreover, the midsole of this flat pedal shoe is designed to provide just enough stiffness so that it avoids hotspots but still remains flexible and offer good traction on rocks. While its dotty tread may not be optimally suited for mud, it’s more than capable for short hikes or bike rides and it almost looks like it’s fit for clipless pedals.
Lastly, the reinforced toe box and robust upper material provide excellent protection while giving the shoe its signature stylish flair.
Riding with the Five Ten Freerider is a great experience, yet there are some downsides. Pedal connection may be slightly less efficient and powerful when compared to other shoes due to its design. Furthermore, users have noted that the soft rubber wears down faster than expected, typically needing replacement after 1,000 miles of trail riding.
Giro’s Berm clipless
Though the midsole presents a comfortable ride, its flexible construction doesn’t offer much efficiency. The dual Velcro closures also lack the precision and convenience of more popular Boa or ratchet-style systems. Additionally, while it boasts an aggressive outsole shape, it lacks in grip on rockier terrain or steeper sections of trail compared to other XC shoes.
Giro’s Chamber II is the preferred choice of downhill riders, and its design allows you to tackle downhill and enduro courses like never before. Equipped as well with velcro straps to keep you riding securely.
Its upper has an almost seamless finish that looks natural yet deceivingly offers top-notch performance with a shank providing rigidity in the middle of your foot while being flexible enough for comfortable hiking.
You can further tweak it with adjustable cleat position to truly customize this shoe according to your needs.
Even though the Chamber II has lost some weight in comparison to its predecessor, it’s no lightweight.
Its durable stiff sole design supports intense trail riding and doesn’t make much effort to stay slim and trim. Although you can pedal comfortably on this shoe, we wouldn’t advise wearing them for long rides or XC mountain biking.
Ride Concepts is a fresh face in the MTB shoes market, yet that hasn’t stopped them from rising to the top. The Livewire trail clipless mountain bike shoe stands as their flagship entry-level offering, including an outer sole made of durable rubber and modern design that almost looks like skate shoes – all for just $110 MSRP! This amazing value makes it hard to ignore Ride Concept’s rise into fame.
The biggest downside to the Livewire is its weight, which is stretching into the downhill world at nearly 2 pounds for the pair considering it’s a clipless shoes. It’s still manageable and not overly clunky for pedal-heavy days, but we prefer the lighter and nimbler feel of the Freerider above for flat pedals.
Five Ten’s MTB shoe collection offers nearly everything a rider could need, and the Kestrel is its wildly popular all-mountain design. Whether you choose standard laces or Boa closure (for an extra $50), this clipless option was made with serious riders in mind with its stiff armor-like trail shoes construction to guarantee optimal performance every time.
Although the Kestrel offers a strong and protective construction, it isn’t necessarily ideal for most trail rides. The stiff collar caused us some minor discomfort around our ankles initially; however, this decreased over time.
Additionally, because of its rigid platform we found ourselves less secure when hiking uphill. For these reasons, we ultimately opted for a softer shoe that provided better all-around coverage during our ride.
Mountain biking shoes are an essential part of your mountain bike gear. Whether you’re a downhill rider or prefer to stick to the trails, there’s a mountain bike shoe that can meet your needs and budget.
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