- 100% carbon fiber sole
- Cleat compatibility:
- SPD (the midsole SPD position is available if specified, but the sole will then be SPD compatible only)
- LOOK (with our Speedplay to LOOK adaptor sold separately)
- ATOP mechanical dials
- Kevlar cables wrapped in nylon
- Synthetic leather upper
- ~240g weight
- Replaceable heel tread
*All Minimal shoes are made to order, so shipping times are normally around 4 – 6 weeks, with need for extension if we receive many orders at once.
The Minimal cycling shoe is the product of a big rethinking on how cycling shoes should fit and function. Currently, cycling shoe design seems to be grounded more in tradition than in science. While that might not be bad, we thought it was worth a try to take a more experimental and scientific approach, and it seems we headed the right direction given the performance and comfort of the Minimal shoe.
When producing the Minimal shoe, we focus on the function, performance and build quality. So the Minimal shoe has a very industrial look and feel and is free from anything that does not contribute directly to the performance of the shoe (hence the name Minimal).
Our manufacturing techniques are quite different from traditional shoes as well. For example, we are able to use more glue than almost any other cycling shoe, but you can sometimes see the glue. But we don’t worry about this because it is performance we prioritize, not aesthetics.
The Minimal cycling shoe has a flat sole because feet are naturally flat. While standing, the ball of your foot, your toes, and heel all rest flat on the ground. Having toe spring and heel rise on running shoes or MTB shoes make sense because your feet actually interact with the ground, but on a road bike your feet never touch the ground. And with a flat sole, your entire foot is free to press downwards.
We use a unique carbon layup for the Minimal’s sole, with a mix of different modulus fibers, resulting in a very stiff sole and low 4.2mm stack height. The sole is currently compatible with Speedplay, SPD, and LOOK (our Speedplay to LOOK adaptor is sold separately). **Please note that SPD cleats normally cannot be used in the midsole position on the Minimal. If you would like this function, which will make the entire sole SPD compatible only, please specify in your order.