First Look: Teva Pivot clipless shoe

Are you sick of clipless shoes that look like roadie hand-me-downs? 

The new Teva Pivot might well be the answer … 

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The Pivot was seemingly announced at the start of 2013 but oddly hasn’t had much attention since. That’s a shame because it looks like a great alternative to the very small list of good quality and stylish MTB clip-in kicks. There’s the Five Ten Hellcat, Shimano AM45, Vans Warner, SixSixOne Filter … Is that it? The list is pretty short!

The Pivot was designed with the help of freerider Jeff Lenosky and clipless pedal experts Crank Brothers which in itself carries a mountain of credibility. “We’ve been able to look not only at the shoe but also how it integrates with the bike as a whole. This partnership has helped us develop a product that looks and performs great straight out of the box.” says Teva.

First things first – the styling. Whilst style is a very personal thing the Pivot does – we reckon – look pretty good and is definitely one of the most low-key clipless shoes we’ve seen. The bright ‘Teva blue’ colours add a bit of style and the skate shoe shape would mean no disco slippers in the pub or the office.

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Features? There has obviously been plenty of thought and rider feedback put into the design. A very clever feature is the fact that the cleats bolt into the shoe from the inside, with an access hole in the tongue for your allen key – unlike most where the bolt heads are exposed on the sole of the shoe. This means no damage to bolt heads as your shoes get a hammering and no hassle getting them out. Smart work Teva.

The sole features a large, grippy ‘Spider 365’ platform around the cleat. Our experience has found that performs somewhere between Five Ten’s Stealth Rubber and a ‘normal’ skate shoe. That means decent grip … but not the limpet like security of a Five Ten.  It also features a ‘midsole plate’ which Teva claim offers the added stiffness that you want for clipless pedals whilst still being ok to walk in.

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The Price clocks in at £110 which is on the steeper side in its class but isn’t too wild. It’s similar to the Five Ten Hellcat, slightly more than the Vans Warner and a lot more than the Shimano AM and SixSixOne Filter.

And the ride? The Pivots just landed this week … so we’re looking forward to getting them on the bike and hammered. We’ll give you the full run-down once we’ve got some miles through them. Stay tuned!

The Teva Pivot is available from www.jejamescycles.co.uk

For more – check out Teva’s homepage here.

What do you think of the Teva Pivot?

Is this the shoe that would answer your clipless prayers? 

Features:

  • PedalLink clipless outsole featuring Spider 365 rubber compound with inverted lugs for grip in loose terrain.
  • Composite midsole plate allows for pedaling efficiency with excellent walkability.
  • EVA midsole provides cushioning and comfort.
  • Aluminum cleat shield for durability.
  • Teva K.A.S.S. Cleat Attachment System (works only with Shimano and Crankbrothers cleats).
  • Type 314 Stainless Steel hardware for corrosion resistance.
  • Tongue Port for cleat adjustment while connected to the pedal (works only with Shimano and Crankbrothers cleats).
  • Lightweight Synthetic and Mesh upper for breathability and quick drying.
  • Closed Cell EVA collar and tongue foam do not absorb water.
  • Instep Strap for added foot retention.
  • TPU toe and heel protection for stability and protection.


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