5Ten originally made their name in climbing circles with their super-grippy Stealth rubber soles, famed for adhering to rocks that lesser soles might slip off.
Stealth sole’s adhesion matched with their shock absorption cross over perfectly for cycling too – especially trails and trials riding.
What makes 5ten cycling shoe great
- Used with flat pedals with grip pins, 5Ten Stealth soles keep your feet where they need to be for maximum pedalling efficiency.
- The sole is so sticky your foot will never slip, even in the wettest, muddiest conditions
- 5Tens effectively prevent the painful prospect of whacking an ankle on a pedal.
- In fact the sole’s grip is so tenacious, you’ll have to take your weight off the pins should you ever want to reposition your foot a little further forward or back.
- If you ever have to dab your foot, 5Tens enable faster bailout than SPDs.
- Stealth soles also prove their worth whenever you get off your bike to hike.
- Although they’re not guaranteed waterproof, 5Tens are substantial enough to keep your feet dry over a two-hour rainy ride.
- Worn by, for instance, Danny MacAskill and DH world champ Danny Hart, 5Ten’s best-selling Freerider models are acknowledged as MTB classics.
- 5Ten lifestyle models such as the Spitfire (still with Stealth soles) cross over perfectly for everyday wear, on or off the bike, whilst still offering a level of comfort and grip you’ll never find on a similar priced fashion sneaker.
DMR Pedals – the perfect match for 5Tens
DMR are a British company whose flat pedals are famed for their slightly concave profile, proven to be the perfect sole-mates for most feet since their launch in 1995.
DMR V6 Flat Pedals RRP £17.99 £16.19
As is the way with all our ranges, we stand by these pedals with the promise that we would recommend even the least expensive DMR model (the V6) to a friend, a lover or a family member.
However, you do get what you pay for so as you gravitate up the DMR price ladder you are rewarded as follows.
The DMR V6 has a nylon body with moulded pins and will offer you years of service.
The DMR V8’s one-piece aluminium body is intrinsically stronger and should shrug off knocks that might crack a nylon pedal. Its 8 screw-in studs are tuneable for preferred length and replaceable if the originals wear down. It even comes supplied with a syringe to make it easy to re-grease the pedal bearings.
The DMR V12 is 100g lighter than the V8 and spins even smoother on cartridge sealed bearings.
The DMR Vault has a larger platform for maximum foot support yet its slim modified shape means the underside is less likely to catch on rocks. Add its CNC-machined build quality and you’ll understand why it was rated as ‘Quite simply the best on the market — highly recommended’ by MBR mag. Review.