As I (regrettably) admitted at the beginning of this review, I am a recovering roadie…My concern with wearing new, unvetted shoes on a road trip reminded of the time I had to ride all day in a pair of borrowed shoes that turned my toe nails black as death. For those of you that ride clipless, you know that cleat placement is key to comfort. The Transition’s massive cleat box allowed me to run my cleats considerably farther back than any other shoe I have worn in the past granting me a much more neutral position while riding endless bike park laps.
Not only were the Transitions comfortable riding all day but they offered up a tremendous amount of comfort and support while hiking back up the steep trails repeatedly to “get the shot”. The D30 in the foot beds and the Asymmetrical Medial Collar proved to be worth the added weight. Our tour took us to the Whistler where we rode in multiple downpours before heading south to the pumice-filled Sierras where we rode in 100-degree weather and not once was I ever concerned about my feet. Ride Concepts definitely did their research when developing the Transition and ladies Traverse shoes. These are quite possibly the best gravity oriented clipless shoe that I’ve worn that still pedal extremely well.
The Wolf’s Last Word
If you’re looking for an extremely durable clipless shoe that can handle the downhills without sacrificing on the ups, check the Ride Concepts Transitions out. With ample amounts of cleat adjustment, the right amount of rigidity to lay the power down but also the right amount of flex to allow you to hike the gnarliest of trails Ride Concepts has, in mountain biker’s terms, killed it.
I was most impressed by the all day comfort of the Transition. Although this is not the lightest or most rigid clipless shoe on the market I felt like I could use this shoe for just about any ride. My only issue with the Transition is one that has plagued other Ride Concepts shoes. They’re a little bit of a struggle to put on if you don’t loosen the laces substantially and completely undo the Velcro strap. Overall however, I found the Ride Concepts Transition to be a great gravity oriented clipless shoe and quite honestly, I could ride this shoe every day.