First Ride Review : Pete’s Ride Concepts Tallac Clip Shoe.

Ride Concepts launched a new shoe range at the start of the year and Pete has been running the new Tallac Clip shoe out in the wilds.

Sporting some serious brand-name tech like Cordura, D3O and on the BOA model, funnily enough, a BOA closure, the Ride Concepts Tallac has a hefty features list. Pete has taken them into the mountains to see if all that tech makes a difference on the trail.

Photos by Pete Scullion.

Key features:

  • CLIP GRIP rubber outsole
  • Hexagon outsole featuring reverse hex traction pattern on toe and heel for hike-able climbs and descents
  • 42mm wide cleat box with index markings for cleat placement and extended cleat pocket runway
  • RC PowerDrive nylon shank drives power and maintains lateral stiffness
  • EVA midsole provides support and shock absorption
  • D3O® High Impact Zone Technology insole absorbs impact and reduces fatigue
  • Lightweight bonded upper featuring Cordura® mesh for durability and breathability
  • Anti-bacterial mesh lining controls odor
  • Fully gusseted tongue prohibits intake of dirt and debris
  • Hook and loop strap for additional foot retention
  • Elastic lace tuck to keep laces secure
  • TPU mud guard to protect against dirt, debris and rubbing
  • TPU toe and heel protection with reinforced anti-abrasion film
  • Heel pull tab for easy entry
  • Sizes 7-13 with half sizes between each
  • 504g per pair
  • £169.95 RRP

Ride Concepts’ Tallac clip is the first of their offering that I have shod my feet with, thankfully, having had a good natter with Silverfish’s marketing man Neil at Core Bike, they weren’t alien to me when they arrived in the post.

The Tallac is part of Ride Concepts’ fully relaunched shoe line and is one of three guys’ clip shoes on offer, with each of the clips being offered as a flat too. The Flume is the ladies’ version of the Tallac. Being designed for big all day missions, I was keen to see what the Tallac could do, and its first few outings was very much that.

While they may not be cheap, the Tallacs do have a lot of tech that is designed to keep your feet comfy and attached to the pedals all day. The Cordura upper is fully welded, so you’ve no stitches to worry about, the heel protection and insole sports D3O for impact protection. The ClipGrip sole is one of three compounds used for the sole and is hardest of the three on offer. There’s a lot of other features that make it clear that Ride Concepts have left no stone unturned on this shoe.

Despite the shoes being quite large, they don’t feel particularly heavy, and the UK size 7 on test feels slightly too long and a slither too wide for my foot but a thicker sock soon solved that. Interestingly, the cleat slot runs closer to the toe and further back than on most shoes I have seen and I did have to run the cleat further back on the shoe than I might have otherwise done. Once I found the mark though, I rarely had to think about getting clipped in.

On the climbs, the shoe feels like it’s doing a solid job of getting the power down without being stiff and uncomfortable. When hike-a-biking, these shoes really do work well. Two thirds of my opening sorties with these were up new Munros, and I didn’t once worry my heels were going to be raw by the end of the day.

Pointing the bike downwards and the Tallacs once again just let me get on with the job in hand. Comfy while doing a good job of shrugging off dirt, water and the occasional strike, just let me forget they were there. The only thing I noticed is that the lace strap is quite long and doesn’t stick to the Velcro all the way. It could be a bit shorter but that’s a very minor grip.

So far so good then for the Tallacs, they’re cutting the mustard on the terrain they were designed for. I’ll keep you posted when they’ve had a few more miles put into them.

You can check out the Ride Concepts Tallac clip shoes on their website here.