Teva to Discontinue Bike Shoes in 2014

Words Morgan Taylor
Date Nov 12, 2013

After less than three years, Teva has decided to discontinue production of their entire bike line of shoes. In such a short time, Teva had become a mainstay of the mountain bike world, going all-in with widespread event support and athlete sponsorships.

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The Links was Teva’s entry into the mountain bike shoe market.

In speaking with Teva’s PR Manager, Jaime Eschette, it was clear that this change was not due to a lack of passion from those involved in the mountain bike side of things – it’s still a company staffed by riders.

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The Virgin freeride shoe, just announced at Interbike this year, will not see the light of day.

While the Links, and more recently the clipless-compatible Pivot, were the most prominent models in the mountain bike line, this also means the ride-worthy casual shoes will be dropped from Teva’s collection. The recently announced Virgin will retain its chastity and the rest of the line will be available until 2014 stock runs dry.

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The Pivot clipless shoe was Teva’s first clipless offering.

Teva will continue to make footwear for other outdoor sports, including the classic strappy sandals you can wear with socks.


If you like what Teva has brought to the mountain bike world, you’d better scoop them up while you can…

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mfreeman72
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mfreeman72  - Nov. 13, 2013, 10:14 p.m.

As someone with large feet, the Links were the only shoe that fit (yes, Five Ten has a 14 but it fits like a 13). I really liked the ergonomics of the shoe and I'm disappointed to see them go as it seemed they were actually listening to riders in their designs and innovations.

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Buster-Bluth
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Buster Bluth  - Nov. 13, 2013, 12:56 p.m.

Awesome! Now the Teva Links that I rarely wear are going to be collectors items. Not a bad shoe though. I was buy-curious about their clipless shoe since I seldom ride flat pedals these days.

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nouseforaname
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Nouseforaname  - Nov. 13, 2013, 11:59 a.m.

Oh boy Cam, i had a sweet rant going here about Teva and sponsorship of hucklebuck slopestyle contests. Maybe next time.

:love: :smilies:

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wa90
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wa90  - Nov. 13, 2013, 9:53 a.m.

^ True.

They also look a bit crap too. That might have something to do with it.

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Bryce
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Bryce  - Nov. 15, 2013, 12:40 p.m.

agreed, some were better than others but overall they kinda had that outdorky rockport look. Freeriders look better.

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Jerry-Rig  - Nov. 13, 2013, 9:39 a.m.

not really surprising… there's literally hundreds of dollars to made in the bike industry.

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cam
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cam  - Nov. 13, 2013, 9:33 a.m.

Teva put on a great dinner for journalists at Crankworx every year as well. I still haven't tried the shoes, and I'm skeptical about their ability to compete with Five Ten, but they supported the sport with class and cash. Maybe I'll give the fresh pair I have a shot. Or keep them as a collector's item?

Teva joins Adidas (not Adidas Eyewear who are still in the game) Helly Hansen, Arc Teryx, Nike and Puma as brands who stuck their toe in the MTB market, but Teva went to the next level and dove right in. North Face is beginning to test the water right now. Hopefully they can hold out until the shivering stops.
Analogy pummelled.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Nov. 13, 2013, 11:06 a.m.

Doused it.

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Stuminator
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Stuminator  - Nov. 13, 2013, 8:38 a.m.

There goes the Teva best trick at Crankworx.

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