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Best Mountain Bike Shoes in 2022 – A Buyer’s Guide for Every Type of MTBer

Best Mountain Bike Shoes in 2022 – A Buyer’s Guide for Every Type of MTBer

The best mountain bike shoes for you depends largely on the type of rider you are. If you’re hoping to speed through singletrack and maybe…

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The best mountain bike shoes for you depends largely on the type of rider you are. If you’re hoping to speed through singletrack and maybe do some gravel riding or cyclocross racing, a pair of clipless MTB shoes makes sense. If you’re more interested in all-mountain or gravity disciplines like enduro or downhill, a flat shoe may fit the bill. Clipless MTB shoes and pedals—which, yes, you clip into—are on the left; flat MTB pedals and shoes are on the right. Here, the Bikerumor staff is sharing their favorite picks for any type of mountain biking you may enjoy. These MTB shoes have been tried and tested, typically for years, and have consistently been our favorites.

Want to learn more about picking the right shoe for you? Scroll down to read our MTB shoe buyer’s guide and reviews, as well as Frequently Asked Questions. BEST MTB SHOE OVERALL : Shimano S-Phyre XC9

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Nearly across the board, Bikerumor staffers turn to the Shimano S-Phyre XC9 for cross-country riding.

Its ultra-stiff carbon sole is paired with blocky treads on either side of the cleat, giving it excellent stability and power transfer, much like a high-end road shoe. Dual Boa closures let you independently adjust the fit across the top and middle of the foot. It is slightly narrow, so riders with wider feet may find the S-Phyre XC9 fits a bit tight. But for most riders, this shoe is as comfortable as it is fast, even on long rides.

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