Bontrager Releases Clipless Flat-Soled MTB Shoes

Aug 21, 2019
by Sarah Moore  

Bontrager has released their first-ever clipless flat-soled mountain bike shoe, the Rally. The shoe is based off of the brand's Flatline shoe and was put to the test by Casey Brown and Trek Factory Racing's downhill and enduro riders.

bigquotesRiders love the comfort and grip of our flat pedal shoes. With Rally, riders get all of those benefits plus the added capability that a clipless pedal connection provides.April Beard, Bontrager Director of Product for Helmets and Footwear

The Rally is compatible with any 2-bolt clipless system, and the rubber outsole features a custom tread pattern that Bontrager says delivers great grip on the bike and on dirt. The shoe features a shock-absorbing EVA midsole and the synthetic leather upper features Bontrager's 'GnarGuard' coating on the toe cap and heel for abrasion resistance and increased durability. There's also a reinforced toe box for extra toe protection.

• Durable, synthetic leather upper
• Abrasion-resistant coating on the heel and toe caps for added durability
• A reinforced, durable toe box for improved protection
• Shock-absorbing EVA midsole
• Hook-and-loop straps provide a more secure fit that hugs your foot in place
• Compatible with 2-bolt SPD-style cleats
• Unconditional guarantee
• Colours: Black / Nautical Navy Trek Factory Racing / Olive Grey
• Sizes: Unisex EU 36 - EU 48
• 331g (size 42)
• $149.99 MSRP

Trek Rally

All models are available now on and through Trek's network of retail partners.


  • 87 10
 2019 and they still call them Clipless. All the younger kids are saying WTF are they talking about - they clip right in.
  • 133 1
 And the top of the ketchup bottle is now at the bottom. What has the world come to? I say give up.
  • 23 2
 @nialo: And I mount a saddle on my seatpost??? Argh!
  • 187 1
 One trick with the younger kids is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you'd say.

Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...
  • 31 0
 @SoDiezl350: write a book plz
  • 2 0
 @nialo: you mean you give down.
  • 2 1
 @SoDiezl350: Had a good laugh. THX
  • 13 0
 @SoDiezl350: And that kids, is why you wait before eating the second edible. Those things take time!
  • 7 0
 @SoDiezl350: You've got the brains and the talent to go as far as you want. And when you do, I'll be right there to borrow money.
  • 19 0
 @SoDiezl350: good one Abraham
  • 9 0
 Totally! They change bike standards every week, why is this so hard? 40 years after toe clips disappeared, it’s time to just start calling the two types of shoes everyone uses as simply either “Clips” or “Flats.” It’s so easy- just do it, bike industry!
  • 7 0
 @SoDiezl350: Any reference to one of the most classic episodes deserves more than 1 upvote Beer
  • 5 1
 @SoDiezl350: Ah, there's an interesting story behind this nickel. In 1957, I remember it was, I got up in the morning and made myself a piece of toast. I set the toaster to three: medium brown...
  • 1 0
 Kids Say the Darndest Things.
  • 1 0
 @nsteele: yeah but the really important question is: is this new Bontrager shoe a Flip or a Clat style shoe given it has aspects of both?
  • 4 0
 @nsteele: the bike industry doesn’t control language! That’s the Canadian governments job!
  • 2 0
 Maybe we should change the spelling of stanshuns because so many people get it wrong..
  • 2 3
 Clipless = foot retention without "CLIPS and straps"
Clips and straps = foot retention with toe clips and straps
Flat pedals = just flat pedals..(No clips... or straps)
  • 2 1
 @RGonz: again please... it’s tough for 21st century kids.
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: or spell brakes as breaks since half the for sale ads spells this wrong.
  • 6 0
 Clip-less because there is less clip than there used to be.

But seriously can we all agree to start calling them "Clip-in" shoes? (At least on downcountry bikes)
  • 2 0
 @tobiusmaximum: Quebec government not Canadian. Yes, I'm a lot of fun at parties.
  • 1 0
 @RGonz: No, not solved. From your deduction, the modern day clip-in pedal should be called:
STRAPless = foot retention without STRAPS, but using a DIFFERENT FORM OF CLIP
  • 1 0
 @Christofison: you got a point there. I guess bottom line is: flats are flats and anything that mentions the word clips = clip ins, "clipless", etc.
  • 8 1
 I feel like all these new good shoes are hurting giro a lot more than guns ever were. My local shop just carries Shimano and Bontrager now and only really keep Bontrager in stock. Few years ago they had most the major brands represented in a model or two
  • 2 0
 The got the Stormtrooper uniform contract wit these shoes. Hyped af for'em
  • 6 1
 I’ve been riding Bontrager road and mountain shoes for about six years now. Love them. I’ve been on the lookout for clipless flats to go with my new XT Trail pedals and was sad to see that Bontrager didn’t have anything like that so I went with some 2FO Cliplites. Picked them up two days ago and now I see this.

What I’m trying to say is that y’all are welcome for me inadvertently willing these into existence.
  • 1 0
 Haha this is my exact experience.
  • 8 0
 The Teva Pivot has risen from the dead.
  • 4 0
 I still have and love my Teva pivots. Tried to replace them but didn't work. Back in them. I'll give these a try
  • 2 0
 I totally thought that too...
  • 1 0
 Best shoes ever!! I thought the same thing when I first saw these, new Teva's!!
  • 1 0
 Had Pivots as my first clipless setup. Amazingly comfy, looked great, walked great, wide velcro was awesome but the soles were too soft - they felt terrible on XT pedals when I took used them on a big hike & ride after moving to stiffer shoes for a few years. Might have been better on Mallets if there was good contact on the whole cage. I'll see if I can have a feel of these new ones sometime.
  • 1 0
 @Lornholio: Pivots + CB Mallet E = flawless victory. With Eggbeaters it work as well though but mostly for gravel/commuting.
Lucky me I grab couple of pairs of brand new old stock Tevas on ebay.
  • 9 2
 that's a good lookin' shoe!
  • 8 3
 Finally flat shoes with clips. Or clipless? But ... where is the clip then? Wait.... what is a clip?? Ohh my...
  • 5 7
 Finally? Yeah if you don't count 5.10, Specialized, Ride Concepts, or Unparellel just to name a few.
  • 6 1
 On the german parts sites they call them click pedals... Sadly flats are called platform rather than clickless.
  • 1 1
 Crankbros Mallet - Clipless flat pedal heads of purists of both kinds explode.
  • 1 0
 I'm with ya on this. I ride clipless and flats. I've never tried clipless flats. I appreciate larger platform over traditional clipless but other than that, what are the advantages?
  • 2 0
 For when you want to clip in, but look like you are riding flats. This concept makes no sense to me, sometimes I like to clip in other times I like to ride flats. Mixxing the 2 just seems silly to me.
  • 1 0
 I'm with ya on this. I ride clipless and flats. I've never tried clipless flats. I appreciate larger platform over traditional clipless but other than that, what are the advantages?
  • 3 0
 Thank god we can buy them in blue.. because what would we do without awful blue cycling shoes!!?
  • 4 2
 Lol, maybe they should say 'basketless'? SPD just sounds like a disease to the new kids.
  • 6 2
 Severe Penis Dysfunction
  • 2 0
 Waiting to hear if these have a narrow or wide toe box. Good looking shoes.
  • 1 0
 I have the flat shoes and they fit my short but very wide feed amazingly well.
  • 2 0
 @mtb-sf: hi my ape friend. Here I am too, short and wide af
  • 1 0
 @mtb-sf: This is good to hear. Will check with the local shop to see if and when they'll have these in stock and see if they fit my clown feet.
  • 3 0
 They should call the green one the Master Chief!
  • 1 0
 Excellent. Looks like a shoe option without mesh. Riding in cold, wet weather... last thing I want are screens on my toes.
  • 2 1
 Yet another clipless shoe with a lace cover that the flat version doesn't have. WHY? Why do they do this to us? Is it so hard to get a lace cover on a flat pedal shoe?
  • 1 0
 The Bontrager Flatline already has an elastic lace keeper- no need for the big bulky strap
  • 1 0
 Good looking shoe but $149 USD is too much. I can get a pair of 5.10’s for under $100 Canadian. This sounds like typical Trek pricing Eek
  • 8 6
 Cloned specialized 2fos ?
  • 2 3
 Who cloned Shimano
  • 2 3
 More like a Giro Chamber 2 I think. I can imagine the conversation:

"We made these cool new shoes"
"They look just like a Chamber 2"
"Ahh, yeah about that"
"Listen, its OK. Just reverse which bits of the upper are perforated, and maybe reverse the sole colours so the white is on the top half. No one will ever notice then"
"Yeah good plan"

Still like the look of them though. Might try them if my Chamber 2s ever wear out.
  • 1 0
 You guys sound like Larry the Cable Guy when he says yeah I dated a girl that looked just like Shaniah Twain... only she was shorter and her face was different.

These Bontrager’s have a similar silhouette in the sense that they are skate-style inspired. So if anything we should be claiming they copied skateboarding shoes. Which is what’s been done by every cycling brand imaginable. But if you look at the sole or the paneling of these they are nothing like the Giro’s or the Special-ized.
  • 2 0
 Well they don’t look like football cleats so that’s good.
  • 1 0
 I wish we could travel back in time and not call them clipless. That's all I can say.
  • 2 1
 Everyone that asks me about my pedals on the trail I call them "clips" so much easier if we all did it maybe it will go away
  • 1 0
 looks sweet... wonder if they come in half sizes? Can't wear European sized shoes because I am in between sizes.
  • 1 0
 these look very similar to my chamber 2's white white sole ones are almost identical to the white sole chambers lol
  • 1 0
 I wanna know what Keith thinks of these. Does he still ever test the products with his name on it?
  • 1 0
 SoDeizl350, Beer kills brain thingies! Good one!
  • 1 0
 Where are the red ones? Team only I guess!
  • 1 0
 Rally? Really? Auto racing shoes!
  • 1 0
 331g per shoe or for both?
  • 1 0
 get rid of the laces and do all straps or a boa and you have winner

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