They have none of the bright ﬂash and whiz-bang technology of some others (the admittedly very good Specialized Rimes come to mind), though still pack all the features you need in a day pedalling up and down the hills.
The SSRs use a full carbon/ rubber outsole with a deeply lugged sole proﬁle, which means off-bike slipping is rarely an issue.
A conventional lace-up closure with a Velcro tidy keeps them on your feet just ﬁne – who knew? – and you can use them with ﬂat pedals by leaving the cleat pocket cover on.
We expect most will remove this and use them clipless, however, so the stiff plastic-reinforced mid-sole can do its job of transferring your energy to the cranks. Racers will want more, but the SSRs aren’t going to appeal to them anyway.
The uppers are a mix of durable closed mesh with manmade rubberised reinforcements for extra durability and toe protection. Wet weather isn’t something these shoes particularly like, though, which is a bit of disappointment.
Still, these are otherwise very good, all-round mountain bike shoes.