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Let's not kid ourselves, the cycling leg of a triathlon is all about speed. There aren't any team tactics or bearded Italians jamming frame pumps into your spokes. No, it's about getting from A to B as fast as possible. However, where many shoe makers go wrong is in not understanding that there are two sets of 'A to B.' First, there's T1 and then there's the ride. Lucky for you, Mavic gets it, and with its Tri Race Shoes, you get a direct delivery of power with a patented entry and exit system. Your life just got faster.

The Tri Race uses Mavic's Energy Carbon Comp outsole. Not only does this design minimize weight, but with its rigid composition and low stack height, the composite outsole experiences little energy loss during the transfer to the pedals. Essentially, the outsole is comprised of composite glass fibers and nylon insert that's been reinforced with carbon. And while it doesn't quite match the rigidity of the Helium's Energy SLR carbon outsole, you'll find that the Energy design is more forgiving in preparation for the run. However, this engineered flexibility doesn't take away from the shoe's power transmission. Additionally, your stroke efficiency is further maximized through Mavic's synthetic heel counter. The heel is secured above the calcaneous bone in order to eliminate heel slippage. Energy transmission is maximized throughout the shoe at a fraction of the weight of a traditionally injected heel counter.

Along the lines of comfort, you'll notice that the majority of the Tri Race's uppers are comprised of a highly breathable mesh. This way, moisture is quickly evaporated after T1 and during your ride. You'll also find that Mavic incorporated a sophisticated insole, the Ergo Fit 2D. This insole features a pre-shaped, dual-density construction that targets the dampening of ride vibration, moisture management, breathability, and antimicrobial protection.

For the entry and exit, Mavic understands that triathlon plays by another set of rules. Its hallmark ratcheting system and buckles aren't relevant to your discipline, so, Mavic incorporated its Ergo Strap Custom, mated with a patented and trimmable 'burrito-wrap' upper. What does this mean? Well, the Tri Race features an opening that runs over nearly the entire top of the shoe. The burrito analogy is drawn from its upper construction where one layer of the upper wraps over the other. This allows you to really dial in the volume of the shoe, whether it be for training or on-the-fly during a race. For your T1 transitions, the two-strap closure system is a breeze. The large top strap opens away from the drivetrain to allow a quick and seamless securing of the shoe. Why the patent? Well, Mavic engineered the strap to stay open when not in use. So, when you're tearing through T1, you can leave the shoes clipped-in, open, and ready to go.

As for the bottom strap, you'll find that this is used less for transitions, and more left alone once you've established your desired volume and fit. However, the gripper tabs placement on the strap simplifies any adjustments that you might need to make from the saddle. To really speed up T1, Mavic has also included a durable pull-tab at the heel, and the burrito flap easily remains open from the point of setup to when you get out of the water.

The Mavic Tri Race Shoes are available in the color White/black/quick and in whole and half sizes from 7.0 to 12.5.

  • Nylon mesh and synthetic upper
  • Two hook-and-loop straps
  • Carbon composite sole
  • Ergo Fit 2D footbed
  • Burrito-wrap upper design
  • Synthetic heel counter
  • Heel pull tab
  • Three-hole road cleat compatibility

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
[ventilation] nylon mesh
2 hook-and-loop straps
Ergo Fit 2D
carbon composite
Cleat Compatibility:
3-hole road
Claimed Weight:
[size 8.5] 295 g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

Size chart

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Chainstay Length



44 44.0cm 51.5cm


36.3cm 72.1cm


72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm


37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm


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Do these fit true to size?

Avg. ride time: 1h 7m per week
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Are there year-to-year changes of this shoe? I ordered these on Competitive Cyclist back in October (not sure what model year they were). I want to know if they have changed the shoe at all for 2014. Oh, and are these the 2014 model shoes?

Best Answer

This shoe is the 2014 model- probably the same shoe you ordered in October. Newer models are usually denoted with a change in the title or the previous model is put on sale. Please let us know if we can help you out with anything else!


3 1/2 stars

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

The shoe as a whole functions very well, I think the sizing is just slightly larger than sidi. I take a 41 sidi, size 8 street shoe, and in a 41 in these i don't think it fit quite as snug. They were stiff, which is good, very cool and breathed well, which is good most of the time. The downfalls for me was that I had to cut the end of the strap off, it was to long and would hit my crank so i just took some scissors to them and now no problems. I don't think the toe box is tight enough for me personally I like a pretty snug fit and had to strap down pretty tight to get it how I wanted it. They went on and off very easy as a tri shoe should. hope this helps some of you out.