The cycling components and accessory brand Fizik has released an e-MTB specific flat pedal shoe. The company already makes a Terra Ergolace X2 shoe but has now created an e-MTB shoe by the same name.
The two shoes look very similar, and it's unclear why riders need a shoe specifically for e-MTB riding. So what's the difference?
The main difference is that the new e-MTB shoe is a flat pedal shoe, whereas the standard model is a clipless shoe, boasting a significantly different tread pattern design.
The sole has a rectangular knob grid pattern, with bigger knobs under the toe area and some slanted knobs to the side. In addition, there are triangular knobs on the back portion of the shoe, under the heel area. The shoe also features a wider profile for grip and stability.
But why an e-MTB-specific shoe? The brand says that one of the main reasons is to improve off-the-bike grip. Since e-MTB riders will more often find themselves trying to power up steep, technical trails, the new shoe is optimized to provide grip on trail surfaces when riders have to put a foot down or hike-a-bike.
This e-MTB shoe shares the same technologies as the standard version, such as the Ergolace closure system and X2 outsole. The Ergolace system appears to sit more to the side of the shoe (as opposed to the traditional lace design), allowing for a more "anatomical" fit.
This shoe isn't the first e-MTB product that Fizik has made. It also offers an e-bike-specific mountain bike saddle, which features a shorter nose that leads to a more planted seated riding position.
The Terra Ergolace X2 e-bike shoes are available now from a Fizik dealer or online.
Tech Specs: Fizik Terra Ergolace X2 e-bike shoes
- Price: $129.99 / £119.99 / €119.00
- Sizes: 36-48
- Weight: 303g