2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Cycling Shoes

Photo: John David Becker

Specialized S-Works Trivent

$400, Specialized.com
The draw: Speedy transitions

Built for quick transitions, the heel cup drops down to allow the foot to slide in or out rapidly and ratchets shut with a Boa dial. Pedaling away from a flying mount is easier in this shoe because the upper provides a place for the foot. Despite the movable design, the shoe grips quite effectively and holds the foot rigidly in place for direct power transfer. The length runs true to size, and there’s slightly more volume than average in the toe box. The gaping hole on top of the shoes creates significant ventilation that you’ll appreciate during rides in the heat.