GEAR: FRESH NEW MTB KICKS

Adding to our bike fitment ‘theme’ we searched for some of the coolest MTB-shoes currently available in South Africa. We specifically opted for entry level or mid-range shoes as prices tend to escalate to over R5k very quickly.

 1 SHIMANO XC7

The first shoe on our list is from a world-renowned cycling brand, Shimano. They have been in business for decades and their latest XC7 shoe is a sales success.  The XC7 has an ultra-rigid, lightweight carbon reinforced midsole and it features high-density synthetic leather with perforated vents to improve overall fit. The outsole features a Michelin© high-traction mud-shedding design to help you out during muddy rides. RRP is R3 700 and more info can be found at www.coolheat.co.za

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2 SPECIALIZED COMP MTB

Specialized have a whole host of shoes in their range and the first one we are going to feature is the mid-range Comp. The Comp MTB mountain bike shoes take a whole lot of comfort, mix it with some serious pedaling efficiency, and add a layer of grippy trail traction for good measure. The result is a feature-packed and reliable all-mountain shoe that delivers the right mix of performance and durability for a variety of trail conditions. Designed with Body Geometry features, the comfortable fit and stiff sole provides maximum pedal efficiency and power transfer, while the Boa® S2-SV dial allows for a more adjustable fit on-the-fly. RRP is R2 450.

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3 FIRST ASCENT

First Ascent is South Africa’s leading specialist outdoor gear manufacturer. Their Torque II MTB shoe is a great value for money product. It is durable, lightweight, tough and very comfortable. The upper is made from lightweight, breathable synthetic fiber. A ratchet buckle system with wide EVA strap makes the shoe fit securely and comfortably on your foot. Pedaling efficiency is enhanced through a stiffened nylon sole that ensures a maximum power transfer to your pedals. This is the ideal choice for the avid mountain bike rider. RRP is R1 599 and more info can be found at www.firstascent.co.za

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4 GIRO PRIVATEER R

The Privateer™ R from Giro features a nylon and rubber co-moulded outsole for durability and improved grip on rocks or roots. The reinforced toe box boasts a rubber toe-guard for improved durability yet comfort reigns supreme with a supple microfiber upper, two straps and a micro-ratcheting buckle. Those features, combined with the stiff and efficient nylon outsole, create a shoe that rivals the performance of more expensive composite designs. Other highlights include aggressive lugs for improved traction, toe spike compatibility and a supportive EVA footbed with Aegis® anti-microbial treatment. RRP is R1 700 and more info can be found at www.omnico.co.za

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5 SPECIALIZED SPORT MTB

The second shoe from Specialized is their even more affordable Sport MTB shoe. Remarkable performance and value make the Sport MTB shoes one of their best-selling pairs of mountain bike shoes. This durable, lightweight shoe features Body Geometry fit, comfortable offset Velcro® closures, and a sole with improved traction for hiking. The Sport has a Standard Fit for all day comfort and features durable synthetic leather and a vented mesh upper. RRP is R1 410 and more info can be found at www.specialized.com

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6 GAERNE LASER

This new Gaerne Laser MTB shoe is made with premium materials that give excellent qualities of comfort and good technical qualities. The upper is made entirely of soft microfiber with side mesh inlays, both helping to enhance the light weight and breathability properties of the shoe. The closure system is made with three Velcro straps. The shoe’s tongue is perforated for better internal airflow and features a high-tech cushioning layer for increased comfort. The structure of the sole combines both nylon and fiberglass materials, making it durable, lightweight and thin. RRP is R1 899 and more info can be found at www.jjcyling.co.za

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7 LOUIS GARNEAU SLATE

These Slate shoes from Louis Garneau are designed for those riders who never compromise on performance and they will push you to get out and conquer your next challenge. The Ergo Grip 2 outsole features removable studs designed to give great grip when you dismount. The upper is thermo-bonded for a seamless construction and minimal pressure points, while the offset velcro straps provide excellent heel support. The shoe also features a reflective heel to aid in visibility. RRP is R2 200 and more info can be found at www.fitsportslab.co.za

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8 MAVIC CROSSMAX PRO

The Mavic Crossmax Pro shoe is a performance cross-country racing shoe. It features an Energy Grip Terra Carbon outsole which is both lightweight and stiff, driving power from the racer to the pedal flawlessly. The Mavic Ergo Dial QR on top of the foot offers strong tightening with a micro adjustment and a quick and easy release, while the Mavic Ergo Dial on the instep provides two-way micro adjustment. The RRP is R4 000 and more info can be found at www.dragons.co.za

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