Teva is one of the biggest names in the outdoor industry – the same company that brought the ‘amphibious utility sandal‘ to the world and headlined the Teva Mountain Games for years has a promising new shoe for all-mountain bikers.  The Teva Pivot is aimed at gnarheads who earn their gravity and we snagged an early-release pair to put through its paces.  We wanted to give you a taste of this newsmaker and we’ll follow up with a full review in about a month.

The kit: spanking new cleats and shoes.  Can't wait to destroy that signature bright Teva blue.

The kit: spanking new cleats and shoes. Can’t wait to destroy that signature bright Teva blue.

Teva probably said it best in their press pack – “We built the Pivot to be an All-Mountain shoe that climbs well, descends well, hikes well and looks terrible with spandex.”  They partnered with world-class freerider Jeff Lenosky to develop a shoe that stays rock solid on big stuff but has the give to be able to walk comfortably.  It’s a tricky balance, so how did Teva do?  You’ll have to wait for the full review to know that.


The reverse cleat attachment is reached via port in the tongue.

The Pivot has a few tricks up its sleeves that you won’t find on any other shoe: a unique cleat attachment system and specially shaped midsole plate are designed to mitigate some of the problems that come with cycling shoes.  A straightforward lacing design and wide velcro strap serve to keep the shoes on your feet, and the shoes look like normal street shoes – I’ve happily worn them around the supermarket after commuting back and forth.

Watch for the Teva Pivot to hit stores in July with an MSRP of $150.  In the mean time, check out this video from last week’s Sea Otter classic that highlights the Pivot, courtesy of Bike Magazine.

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Kevin Glover is an outdoorsman living, climbing and biking in Spokane, WA. Originally from the Nevada high desert, he moved to the PNW for its mild winters and allergen-free summers. He has guided throughout the Cascades and Enchantments for Peak 7 Adventures.

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