Photo: Oliver Baker

Specialized S-Works Trivent


$400, Specialized.com
The draw: Flying mount-friendly

The funky, futuristic Trivents are made for flying starts and dismounts. The company calls that weird-looking heel the Drawbridge because that’s exactly how it works: Leave it down to get your foot in, then twist the dial to snug them up and you’re ready to go. Pop out the dial to release your heel from the vice grip that we love because it won’t let your foot slip a millimeter, but it may aggravate sore Achilles tendons. Stiff soles make these feel fast while those with sweaty feet will appreciate the near-naked design.