Mountainbike cycling shoes
Choosing an MTB (mountain bike) shoe is one of the most important decisions an MTB rider has to make, as shoes greatly affect grip, power transfer, and comfort while riding. Below, we summarize what to know about MTB shoes, what makes them good, what to look for when choosing, and introduce the different cleat systems.
Characteristics to know:
- MTB shoes generally have stiffer soles than traditional cycling shoes. This is to maximize power transfer between the pedal and foot, allowing for more efficient riding.
- MTB shoes typically fit snugly and hold the foot securely in place, providing precise power transfer.
- MTB shoes are usually more durable than traditional cycling shoes to withstand the stronger demands of MTB riding.
Qualities that characterize a good MTB shoe:
- Comfort: The MTB shoe must be comfortable on the foot for the rider to use it comfortably for long periods.
- Grip: The MTB shoe must provide sufficient grip on the ground for the rider to pedal safely.
- Ventilation: MTB shoes need to be breathable so the foot does not sweat and can remain dry on longer rides.
- Durability: MTB shoes need to be durable to withstand long-term use.
What to look for when choosing:
- Fit: The MTB shoe must fit snugly on the foot, but it should not be too tight. A shoe that is too loose will not provide enough power transfer, while a shoe that is too tight can be uncomfortable.
- Sole stiffness: The stiffer the sole, the better the power transfer. However, if the sole is too stiff, it can be uncomfortable on longer rides.
- Cleat system compatibility: Different cleat systems are available, and the shoe must be compatible with the pedal system the rider is using.