Review: Mavic Rush cross country mountain biking shoes

Mavic Rush cross country mountain biking shoes review

I have been riding Mavic Rush cross country mountain bike shoes since the fall of 2012, through a whole season of cyclocross and some mountain biking.

The reason I bought new mountain biking / cyclocross shoes in the first place is that I have been having pain on the ball of my left foot for an extended period of time, and decided that I would try buying new road and mountain biking shoes (and a new cleat position) to see if that solved my problem before I give up and go to the doctor.

I went to two local bike shops here in Dallas — Richardson Bike Mart and Dallas Bike Works. I tried on every pair of high end to mid range mountain biking shoes that they carried, looking for the most comfortable fit. Although a comfortable fit in the store doesn’t guarantee that they will be comfortable while pedaling, I wanted to at least see if they were hurting the ball of my foot when I tried them on in the store and avoided shoes that did.

I typically ride high end shoes, and was hoping that something like the top end Mavic Fury might work for me. The Fury shoes were also comfortable, but I could feel the heel of my foot slipping when I walked in the Fury, which would not be acceptable for running during cyclocross racing. The Rush shoes did not have this issue for me. (The fact the my heel slipped in them doesn’t mean that everyone’s heel will slip! I have relatively narrow heels.)

The Mavic Rush shoes have a good ratchet system at the top of the shoe to make sure that your shoes stay on at exactly the tightness that you require. The ratchet works well and doesn’t slip, and has held up well for me so far. To release them, you grab a little lever and pull outward, and they come right off.

The bottom two straps are Velcro. I typically keep the very bottom strap always strapped shut, because I can slip in and out of the shoes by loosening the top and middle straps. The Velcro for the middle strap is good quality, and has held up fine coming on and off. One issue I notice with the middle strap is that when I tighten it in the house, I can feet a small lump on the top of my foot. But when I stand up and when I click into the pedals, I no longer feel this and have no comfort issues with the shoe during riding and running with them.

The footbed of the Mavic Rush shoes are very comfortable, and I was able to pedal and run in these shoes comfortably.

Outsole bottom of Mavic Rush cross country maountain biking shoes with spd cleats

The “Energy Grip Outsole” of these shoes is not carbon like the Mavic Fury, but it feels plenty stiff to me. Comfort was more important to me than stiffness in this situation, particularly since I also use the shoes for cyclocross racing and run in them and jump over barriers. As you can see from the photo, you can also attach spikes to the front of the shoes if you are racing in mud or ice.

The cleats on the shoes and the “Contagrip” rubber on the bottom make them very good for running without slipping. If you’ve ever had a pair of mountain biking shoes that don’t grip, you probably know how that can suck when you’re trying to run your bike up something rocky or muddy and slippery.

As far as temperature goes, I haven’t ridden them in the summer yet, but I have ridden them on 80 degree plus days with no heat issues. And down to the mid 40s, I am fine with wool socks. Under 45 degrees, I’ll usually add neoprene toe caps to the wool socks to keep warm.

There is plenty of room in the toe box of these shoes, and I am able to ride with thicker wool socks when the weather gets cold.

These shoes are usually priced around $129. I think I paid $129 locally. So they are a very good value, especially compared to the high end Fury that costs more than $300. Bicycling Magazine agrees with me on the issue of comfort and affordability.

Did I leave anything out with this review? Leave a comment and ask me a question or let me know what else I should include, and I will update the review accordingly.


2 thoughts on “Review: Mavic Rush cross country mountain biking shoes”

  1. Hello!
    I to have mavic rush and having pain on the ball of my right foot ( only when I riding and pushing strong on the pedal, but after the long ride).
    How you solved the problem with the ball of your foot?

    1. My Mavic shoes helped solve my problem, because I was feeling pain as a result of my OTHER shoes, which were SIDIs that were maybe too stiff for me.

      So switching away to a more comfortable shoe might be a better option for you.

      Overall though, I solved my ball of foot problem by changing my regular (non-cycling) shoes too.

      I started out by only wearing podiatrist friendly shoes like Birkenstocks and Danskos, and nothing else. That seemed to help for a while and my feet got a lot better, but not completely better.

      However, I’ve basically gone 180 on my foot problem since June, and I am having very good results.

      I have been reading a bunch of stuff for the past few months related to fixing lower back, which led to other stuff about feet. I have
      become a fan of the Egoscue method.

      That guy says that using orthotics and too much arch support just weakens the natural strength of your foot. So it provides relief, but
      makes the problem worse over time. He recommends minimalist shoes and going barefoot.

      I have completely stopped wearing my Birkenstocks and Dansko shoes, and am wearing these super minimalist Merrill shoes now.

      Here’s some of the stuff that I read that led me in that direction.
      (The book about the method. Check the Amazon reviews and search them
      for “plantar” or foot.)

      I am suspicious of doctors and orthotics, and think they just want to sell you inserts or cortisone shots or whatever. So you can take my
      strategy with a grain of salt, because maybe I’m completely wrong.

      I also tried these gel inserts (like these, but I can’t find which specific brand I used) under my cycling inserts, and they provided a little bit of relief while pedaling. So you might try that.

      Good luck!

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