Updated: Mavic Mantra shoes£165.00

Trail footwear with waterproof overshoe

BikeRadar score3/5

The Mantra has a casual style but when you put it on, it’s noticeably light and stiff to walk in. The pronounced tread pattern gives a skittish quality across the floor as well.

That lightweight rigidity comes courtesy of a carbon outsole, which of course explains the ‘don’t tell the bank manager’ price tag.

The strap closure, with its forefoot tweak, means you can pull things as tightly as you want, and nothing should move until the straps are loosened at the end of the ride.

The power transfer is so efficient that, once on the bike, it’s like someone’s gifted you two more gears, and the extra treads that make you teeter as you walk really come into their own across roots and rocks.

This is a tough shoe to pigeonhole because, while it isn’t a full-on race shoe, it does turn in a race-effective performance that’s disguised in more everyday styling. Then there’s the acceptable off-bike ease. That combo does come at a high price, though.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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