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I’ve been competing in triathlons for the past 12 years. Lucky enough in that time to have reviewed hundreds of products including triathlon shoes. The following buyers guide for the best triathlon cycling shoes 2024 comes from this and from the panel of triathletes in the Trivelo test squad. For the Top 5 I have found the best current deals available. For others we have shared our ratings and details to help you track down best deals if they suit you.

Brief intro to triathlon cycling shoes

A triathlon bike shoe is light, stiff and easy to get on and off in a furious transition frenzy.  You don’t need to  have a set of triathlon bike shoes with plenty of newbies smashing it round in trainers, MTB shoes or road bike shoes.  But if you decide to splurge on a set the following review gives you plenty of options for spending your money.

Check out our selection of the top 15 triathlon shoes with something for every budget ranging from £45 through to £230.  Although be warned that for some reason most of the manufacturers have decided that triathletes must in general be getting dressed in the dark as the colour schemes of offer here are varied and frequently very loud.


Shimano Triathlon cycling Shoe
Shimano TR5 Triathlon cycling Shoe

Shimano TR5

Trivelo Rating – 4.5 / 5

£39.99 – £104.49

My choice as the best triathlon cycling shoe you can buy. These are my go to race shoes. They are far from the most expensive and generally can be found in the sale but I think they are spot on.

Lightweight and sensibly priced with a good level of comfort if you are going long. The velcro entry make them incredibly easy to put on and off during transition and give sufficient support while on the bike. Only issue I have found is when racing in colder temperatures you have next to zero insulation around the foot. Again if you favour a very stiff shoe then they will disappoint as they can’t rival a carbon base triathlon shoe.

For all but the most competitive triathletes these bike shoes will be a perfect buy. My choice as the best triathlon cycling shoes.


DHB Trinity Triathlon cycling Shoe
DHB Triathlon Cycling Shoe

DHB Trinity Tri Shoe

Trivelo Rating – 3.5 / 5


Our first entry is the budget shoe from DHB really challenging the more established and premium brands with a shoe for an amazing sub £50 mark.   If you can live with the orange colour they are the cheapest triathlon shoe you can buy. They mirror much of the same features of the Shimano TR5 but not as stiff. DHB has responded to this by launching a carbon version that really addresses this.

They are also available in standard white. But go for shocking orange if you want to stand out more when leaving T1.  Weighing in at 288g the shoe won’t be tipping you over the scales and certainly not a reason not to buy them.


Sidi Triathlon cycling Shoe
Sidi Triathlon cycling Shoe

Sidi T-5 Air Carbon

Trivelo Rating – 4 / 5


The Sidi T-5 Air Carbon triathlon bike shoe has the look of a conventional bike shoe and come in very much at the premium end of pricing.  The uppers offer good ventilation with a Velcro set of straps coming inwards.  The sole plate is carbon and very firm without feeling uncomfortable thanks to a well shaped insole.  Being Italian by design these are on the skinny fit size so any of you blessed with wide feet they might not provide the best fit for you.


Bont Riot Tr+ Shoe

Trivelo Score – 3.5 / 5

Bont Triathlon Cycling Shoe
Bont Triathlon Cycling Shoe


Available in black, solid or express yourself with a more bonkers colour scheme and look like you got dressed with no mirror.  230 grams of unique style to help you leap from T1 like a gazelle.  Another carbon composite shoe with plenty of technology.


Northwave Tribute 2 

Northwave Tribute Triathlon Cycling Shoe
Northwave Tribute Triathlon cycling Shoe

Trivelo Rating – 3 / 5


Premium feel while not so premium price tag on these bad boys.  To  add to a compelling proposition Northwave include a Speedplay plate in the soles as standard so if that is your favoured pedal then no extra costs to stomach post purchase.  Plenty of stiffness from these and a roomy fit so possibly worth a look if you suffer from a wider foot and been struggling to find the right shoe for you.

Other triathlon bike shoes worth looking at. These have been recommended to me by various members of the Trivelo team but we have not been able to independently review them for this buyers guide.

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Spiuk Trivium Triathlon Cycling shoe
Spiuk Trivium Triathlon Cycling Shoe

Spiuk Trivium


The entry-level Trivium is a new shoe for Spiuk but is geared up to accept 2 or 3 bolt cleat styles so plenty of versatility.  A good looking shoe with plenty of ventilation through the top section with a polyamide sole the shoe is likely to feel comfortable but might be less suitable for those who favour a stiff sole and strong anchoring through the pedal to maximise power distribution without flex.


Giro Inciter Tri


Giro Triathlon Cycling Shoe
Giro Inciter Triathlon Cycling Shoe

Giro’s Inciter Tri shoes are on face value a close cousin of the Shimano shoe offering similar back to basics colour and design cues.  Breathability through the upper section somewhat affected by their chunky feel but this may favour some riders who are seeking more of a trainer feel to their bike shoes and also hints that these things are made to last.  No problems in fitting 2 or 3 bolt cleats once more so plenty of flexibility for riders.   If you are looking at the Shimano probably worth lining these two up side by side and working through which one has a better feel for your foot while practicing a bit of transition in them.


Louis Garneau X-Lite II Triathlon Shoe
Louis Garneau X-Lite II Triathlon Shoe

Louis Garneau X-Lite II


Louis Garneau’s shoes back in the mix with a new version of their popular X-Lite triathlon shoe.  Stiffer designs promised with assurance of reductions in power loss but this has been at the expense of a little extra weight (19g per shoe) but unless you are watching every gram that is unlikely to trouble many.  Lots of ventilation through the upper and few excuses for missing the rear loop in transition with it being on the larger size compared to many rivals.  They look a bit of an ugly duckling though against some of the others here.  Beauty though is in the eye of…

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Mavic Triathlon Cycling Shoe
Mavic Triathlon Cycling Shoe

Mavic Cosmic Elite Tri Shoe

£116.84 – £135

Single strap shoe from Mavic available again in some bonkers colour schemes including bright red.  Lovely.  Claiming a unique comfort solution with an ergonomic insole coupled with a carbon sole these offer a good quality shoe from a well established brand.  If you can cope with blood red for your triathlon outfit that is!


Pearl Izumi Triathlon Cycling Shoe
Pearl Izumi Triathlon Cycling Shoe

Pearl Izumi Tri Fly Elite V6


There is rarely a Pearl Izumi product that we get sight of in the Trivelo offices that we don’t like and more often than not end up drooling over.  The Tri Fly Elite V6 Triathlon bike shoe is a very credible contender in this line up and one of our favourites.  It has a Velcro system like many others with a lack of tongue to avoid any fouling in transition and deliver the ventilation needed on while putting the hammer down.  A carbon sole ensures weight is kept down while providing a solid foundation for power through to the powers.  They may be on the pricier end of our selection of triathlon bike shoes but we think it could be money well spent.


Gele Triathlon Cycling Shoe
Gele Triathlon Cycling Shoe

Gele Mele Tri Shoe


Another random styled shoe following the bumble bee inspired colour scheme from Gele.  Weight is the enemy of these triathlon bike shoes with lightweight materials used throughout including plenty of carbon fibre.  Uppers use a microfiber fabric promising excellent ventilation and little is any weight.  The shoes also boast Aegis anti-microbial treatment to ensure the shoes survive the worst you can throw at them in between T1 and T2.


Scott Carbon Triathlon Cycling Shoe
Scott Carbon Triathlon Cycling Shoe

Scott Carbon Tri


Scott has opted for a boa dial system in contrast to the majority of shoes here where they simply rely on a Velcro set of straps.  Worth considering if you are eying up these shoes but your transition technique often lets you down.  It does mean that they are angling for more of the long distance end of the market over newbies hitting the Sprints.  The price to be fair reflects this marketing approach that anyone new to Triathlon is unlikely to be starting here.  No tongues to aid ventilation but surrounded by a very stiff upper delivered through hard wearing leather.  Going long this year?  Possibly worth a look.

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Mavic Triathlon Cycling Shoes
Mavic Tri Helium SSc Triathlon Cycling Shoes

Mavic Cosmic SL Ultimate tri shoes


Banana yellow technology explosion triathlon bike shoes from Mavic where they have thrown every bit of their experience at it to give you a top end shoe.  Granted at over £200 you will be wanting every last drop of innovation in what is a premium shoe.  Carbon outsole and heel mean you get locked into a shoe capable of delivering every ounce of your energy through the pedals with very little loss.  Low weight, well ventilated rigid shoes from the Mavic factory.


Ekoi Triathlon Cycling Shoe
Ekoi Triathlon Cycling Shoe

Ekoi TR1


Very French and very stylish is this entry from across the channel.  Hard to get hold of with limited UK outlets but a worthy entrant in our list of top triathlon bike shoes.  Interestingly, Ekoi’s TR1 uses a Boa dial and a Velcro strap over the tongue that, in theory, should provide a solid closure system. But like the Scott shoes it means that if you struggle faffing about in T1 these might not be an obvious choice for you.  With plastic used across the upper in these shoes in many places they feel decidedly cheaper against some of the other premium offerings and equally styling wise they cast a similar shadow the much cheaper and arguably better Shimano TR5’s.


Specialized Cycling Shoe
Specialized Triathlon Cycling Shoe

Specialized S-Works Trivent Road Shoes


The big boys on the block tipping the cash register at £290.  Here you expect the world and for them to be delivered by Unicorns.  The SC on Specialized’s S-Works trivent road shoes stands for ‘short-course’, Lots of rigidity as you would hope and plenty of comfort without the need for any socks.  The rigidity can make them a challenge in transition as you battle to wedge your foot into the snug housing.  Velcro strap system works extremely well and nothing here to cause anything but pleasure.  Buy if you have deep pockets.

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Billy Ferguson

Having founded Trivelo in 2015 after many years competing in triathlon Billy continues to enjoy training and triathlon. Founder Billy is strongest in the water but continues to try and convince his body that he is an ultra runner.


Polly Lighthouse · 25/06/2020 at 6:12 am

Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

BotLike · 20/12/2019 at 7:47 pm

Great list. My budget for shoes definitely below £100 but this has helped with some options I didn’t know about.

Jennie Sperling · 15/08/2019 at 1:11 am

Great article on triathlon cycling shoes! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was looking into buying a pair himself. He
bought me breakfast due to the fact that I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But thanx for spending the time to provide such useful research and content on triathlon cycling shoes here on your blog.

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