Mountain bike rides can be filled with mud, rocks and dirt that can be very tough on equipment. Your shoes can take a lot of punishment so having the right kind of shoe can save you money over time and make your time in the bush a lot more enjoyable.
Buying a mountain bike specific set of shoes can be a great choice to get the most out of your riding. The mud, dirt and rocks that are found on MTB trails can be very tough on shoes that are not made for the conditions. There are several variations of mountain bike shoes that each have different features and are intended for different mountain bike disciplines. Some models are ‘Clip-In’ (aka Clipless) which mean they attach to the pedal, while others are ‘Platform’ which are like a normal shoe. Typical closure systems include velcro, buckle, laces and BOA, which is a reel cable system.
Cross country shoes are designed to be extremely lightweight and provide excellent power transfer to help you get up climbs as fast as possible.
Fast becoming the most popular choice, trail shoes combine the efficiency of cross country shoes with the increased protecton and off-bike traction as gravity shoes.
Gravity shoes are best for downhill and enduro riding and feature sturdy construction with added protection against impacts.
Touring shoes are a great mix with sturdy construction but still lightweight so you can enjoy a wide range of trails and roads. Some models look like ordinary shoes, which can be great if your riding to the shops.