Mountain Bike Action Product Test: Ride Concept Transition Shoes
RIDE CONCEPTS TRANSITION SHOES
The team over at Ride Concepts is bound together by a love of dirt and speed. The company emerged to tackle the need for better-fitting and better-performing footwear for aggressive riders. They pretty much have seen it all with their background in the outdoor industry where they’ve taken on a range of roles. During a conversation that was said to involve tacos and soda pop, Ride Concepts set out to achieve one goal—the uncompromising ride.
Several years of design later, the company launched in the fall of 2018 as the first mountain-specific footwear company to offer a full range of products for men, women and children. Tucked in one of our favorite trail locations, Lake Tahoe, California, Ride Concepts strives to develop reliable mountain bike footwear. To learn more about its products, we put the Transition clipless model to the test on our Southern California terrain.
The Transition was designed by Ride Concepts to change the rider’s perception of how a clipless shoe should come in contact and connect with your pedals. The shoes have some of the most desirable features we have seen yet packed into mountain bike footwear. The outsole is made with Rubber Kinetics DST 8.0 MID GRIP. This compound is not the most adhesive rubber in the Ride Concepts line but is made to last. Furthermore, the shoes utilize a microfiber upper that is weather-resistant, a 40mm-wide cleat box, long-range cleat adjustability, D3O impact protection, a molded toe cap and even a nifty little shoelace closure accompanied by a power strap.
Field test results:
Seeing that the Transition footwear (and the women’s-specific Traverse) was developed with the help of Atherton Racing, we were eager to put these shoes through some extended test laps.
Pressing into the 40mm cleat box, we found the shoes had smooth communication with the pedals. The extended box area also…