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.