Teva debuted its new Pivot, a clipless mountain bike shoe, at Interbike last September. We just got an early-release pair and took a spin in the shoes this week.
Teva partnered with Jeff Lenosky, a world-class freeride mountain biker, for the design of the shoe. They balance performance for pedaling with a rigid sole alongside light weight and good fit, all with a “skate culture” look.
Laces and a large Velcro strap secure them tight onto the foot for trail riding and air. The shoe weighed in on our scale at 17.1 oz for a men’s size 10, which is on the lighter end for comparably-priced freeride SPD shoes.
Our first impressions are favorable: The shoe is light and quick with a stiff sole that keeps your foot solid when on the bike but has just enough flex to walk comfortably when pushing the rig uphill.
The Pivot hits the market this fall for $150. We’ll be testing the shoe more as spring takes hold and we get back on mountain bikes and singletrack trails.
—Patrick Murphy is an assistant editor.