2011 FiveTen mountain bike shoes – First look

By James Costley-White in Fort William | Wednesday, June 8, 2011 8.00am

Following the successful launch of their first cleated shoes last year, sticky rubber aficionados FiveTen have been working on two more SPD-compatible options, along with a load of new flat-pedal footwear.

The Maltese Falcon looks similar to the Minnaar and Hellcat but weighs less and has a grippier Stealth S1 sole that's easier to walk in. Aimed at all-mountain/trail riders, it has a wipe-clean Action Leather upper and a reinforced heel. RRP is £95 and it should be in shops soon.

The Cyclone is essentially a high-top version of the clipless-compatible Hellcat, giving a bit more ankle protection and support for downhill use. The prototype version pictured here has a new lighter, sole but it's unclear whether this will make it onto production models. RRP will be £105.

FiveTen maltese cyclone: fiveten maltese cyclone

New for flat-pedal users is the Baron, only available in red (red Baron, geddit?). Positioned somewhere between FiveTen's Freerider and heavier-duty Impact models, it's likely to find favour with both downhillers and trail riders. Features include a reinforced heel and toebox, plus a stiffer sole than the Freerider. The Baron is available now for £85.

FiveTen baron: fiveten baron

Speaking of the Freerider, two new colour options are available for 2011 – White Tiger and limited edition Galaxy Purple. The Karver downhill shoe now comes in Smokey Blue and an Ash Grey women's version, and there's also a Low version of the urban/casual Spitfire shoe, which reminds us of the classic Dunlop Green Flash tennis shoe.

FiveTen spitfire low: fiveten spitfire low

Also of potential interest to urban commuting types is the new Scofflaw (not pictured) – it means a person who flouts the law – which is due in spring 2012, and FiveTen are also developing a trailbuilding/hiking model named after UCI track builder Didi Schneider. Look out for reviews of the new shoes on BikeRadar as soon as we can get our hands on them.

FiveTen didi schneider: fiveten didi schneider

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