When Teva entered the bike market with the Links shoe a couple years ago, we were intrigued but had a few questions for them. First was we wanted to know if they were committed to the bike market or they were just re-packaging their shoes for a new category of buyers. The past couple of years has proven that they are most definitely committed to the bike market, introducing a battery of shoes for the cyclist as well as supporting many events and athletes in the sport.
The other questions were: When were they going to make a clipless pedal and a sticky rubber shoe? The clipless pedal was introduced this year with the Teva Pivot. And today, they revealed to us the the Teva Virgin, their sticky rubber offering.
The Teva Virgin will first be introduced in mid-sole height, with a black color scheme. “It will be sticky, will be durable and will be dialed,” says Product Manager Chris Hillyer confidently. The sole will be stiff and offer maximum support for those long downhills. Yet it will have great shock absorption with their Shocpad sole. The uppers will have all the latest technologies and materials found in the Links and the Pivot shoes. And the shoe will provide ample protection for those rock and obstacle hits often encountered on grueling all-mountain rides or races.
The shoe will have the shoelace cover strap found on the Pivot to keep the laces out of the way of the drivetrain. And finally, the lace holes will be staggered near the entry to ensure the inner part of the mid top is pulled towards the foot and out of the way of the crank.
“Our slopestyle athletes don’t necessarily want sticky rubber shoes since they do all these tricks in the air and have adjust their feet constantly. Or very high level descenders constantly move their feet when cornering or going through tech terrain. This shoe is not for them,”
says Chris Hillyer. This shoe is for the enthusiast who wants the confidence and security offered by a sticky rubber sole shoe. This shoe will get the rider down technical terrain more confidently.
Price is to be determined and the shoe is targeted to hit store shelves by Sea Otter 2014 (April 10, 2014).