Review: Teva Pivot Clipless MTB Shoe


Update: July 3 – Long-term Review

We’ve been using the Teva Pivot for a few months now and have a few things to say about it.

The greatest quality of these shoes is they are comfortable on the bike and off the bike. Three hour rides are no problem no matter what the terrain. They excel in rough descents as there’s good support and good shock absorption with the shoe. Hiking around the woods and walking around town for the post-ride beers are easy tasks for the Pivot.

But its asset as a good hiker comes with downside as well. The sole is a bit soft and although great for taking big hits or hike-a-bike, one feels that the shoe is not very efficient while climbing. The other issue is the shank in the sole to stiffen up the pedaling platform doesn’t go all the way up the toe box. It ends shortly after the cleat to give the shoe some flexibility for hiking. Thus we sometimes felt like our toes were hanging off the end of the shoe platform. We’ve seen other companies severely taper the shank to give the toe box more flex but still balance it with some support. It’s not a deal breaker for us but it makes this shoe more suited for mixed terrain and less for those long XC rides.

Sizing is a bit bigger compared to other Teva shoes we’ve tried in the past.

Durability of the shoe seems good, just like our year-old Links shoes that are holding up really well. And the wide velcro to tighten the shoes and keep the laces in place is a nice addition. The appearance is a bit polarizing to some but we like it and it really does the job well of keeping the laces from bouncing around while pedaling.

It’s great to have this option from Teva and we hope to see many more new designs from them.

First Impressions: April 25, 2013

We tried the Teva Pivot for a couple days of riding in the Santa Cruz forest and came away pleased.

First, the cleat mated perfectly with the new Crank Brothers Mallet with no need for spacers. The sole rested on the pedal body with just the right amount of pressure so that the weight of the rider was distributed throughout the pedal cleat and cage. Yet, some amount of float was still available to the rider.

The pedal was easy to get in to with an audible ‘snap’ and clicking out was obvious as well. Pedaling was good but there is the sensation of the shoe bending near the toe box. Unlike traditional spd shoes, the shank or stiff part of the sole does not extend the length of the shoe so the bending near the front of the cleat is a little bit foreign. I’ll move the cleat lower on the shoe to get more of the stiff part of the sole.

On a couple of occasions on very technical descents, I descended without clicking in and simply placed my shoe more forward on the pedal. This was a great option as the Pivot and the Mallet pedal seemed to interface very well when used as a flat pedal.

And finally, I spent a whole day at Sea Otter just walking around with this shoe. I found the shoe supportive, shock absorbing and easy to walk on. I hiked and descended some dirt hills and the shoe was one of the most comfortable clipless types that I’ve ever used. I even drove home with them and the recessed cleat was out of the way of the car’s pedals. When I ran though, I could feel the cleat distinctly as the shoe bent and the exposed the cleat a bit more.

Fit and comfort is amazing as the shoe has a wide toe box and excellent support. The heel area provided excellent support as well with minimal movement or rubbing during the ride.

Seems like a really versatile and well thought-out product so we’ll give a more detailed update after we’ve put in a dozen rides on it.

Teva Pivot Highlights
  • Lightweight – lightest skate style clipless shoes available
  • Sealed cleat holes to keep water out
  • Uses Torx bolts from the inside of the shoe for reliablity and prevent damage to the bolt
  • Cleat system is compatible with Shimano, Crank Brothers and other 2-bolt systems
  • Cleat is internally adjustable through the sole from above to protect the hardware
  • Spider365 Rubber sole for grip
  • PedalLINK Clipless outsole for all-mountain riding
  • Composite midsole plate for pedaling efficiency and walkability
  • Hook and loop strap to keep your laces out of the chain
  • Closed cell foam to avoid water absorption
  • Comfortable to walk or hike on.

Price: $150
Availability: July 2013

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • Oliver says:

    I like what I see. Would like to try those out.

  • so, you mention weight.
    what do they weigh?
    I’m interested, as a guy doing my 10hrs on flats after 20 yrs on clips, and thinking I want a less stiff shoe when I go back to clips..

  • Willie says:

    I thought Teva was pronounced Tee-va. Ha.

  • Lush says:

    Question: With the cleats being screwed in reverse, will the ends of the screws get banged up when walking, thus making them hard to get out when it’s time to change cleats? Especially with the Crank Bros, I change them frequently.

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      There are two lengths of screws so use the one with no thread protruding.

      There’s also the option to mount the cleats traditionally with screw heads from the bottom.

  • Tony says:

    These do not appear to be a real thing from Teva. They are off the Teva website. I ordered a pair last month based on a shop owner’s recommendation from Interbike last year. They were too big, sent them back to Teva for exchange and was told by the Teva guy on the phone that they had been pulled.

    • Elliott sidey says:

      Ya I noticed the same thing, so I contacted Teva they did pull the shoe and will re-release it sometime in July.

      He wouldn’t tell me why it was pulled thought, so wondering what improvements will be made…?

  • Paul says:

    I’ve noticed that they’re no longer displayed on the Teva website. Any ideas why?

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