Giant's First Flat Pedal Shoe & Updated Footwear Collection - Sea Otter 2019

Apr 12, 2019
by Sarah Moore  



Deriving from the original Shuttle DH clip shoe, the all-new Shuttle Flat is the first shoe that Giant has made specifically for flat pedal riding. It's designed to be a versatile shoe that is appropriate for everything from aggressive DH rides to daily trail rides, but is comfortable enough that you'll keep wearing it for post-ride beers or to do trail maintenance.

The shoe uses Giant's GRIPR rubber in the pedal contact area and has a more resilient rubber in the heel and toe area for added durability, along with a molded TPU toe guard. There are two men's colors and a women's color.
Shuttle Flat
• Intended use: all-around flat pedal shoe
• GRIPR rubber compound in the pedal contact area
• EVA midsole
• Colors: Black/Gum, Gray/Black, Teal/Gum (Liv)
• Weight: 450g (size 42)
• Sizes: 39-48
• $110 USD
giant-bicycles.com

The padding is in the shoe's insole.
Thicker than traditional insoles provide extra cushioning for long rides or hard landings.

Giant ambassador Adam Craig was closely involved in the creation of the shoe.

bigquotesYou can put these on in the morning, hit the bakery, go enjoy some trails and hang around the campfire in them at night. It has a stable, intuitive feel on the pedals and is super comfortable for hiking, working on trails, or whatever your ride day activities might include.Adam Craig

Giant doesn't claim that the Shuttle Flat shoe is grippier than other brands, but they do believe their dual-density rubber cup sole is more resistant to wear and tear and less likely to become heavy when saturated in water. The shoe is hydrophobic, and Giant's team says the shoe will gain a maximum of 100g of water weight. They also noted that the shoe won't leave black scuffs on the floor when you come home.


The sole of the Shuttle Flat is made with GRIPR rubber on the pedal contact area and a different abrasion resistant rubber in the heel and toe.
Injection molded TPU toe guard with heavy stitching for extra protection.

The shoe has reflective laces with a stretch mesh lace pocket for easy storage on the top of the tongue.
Liv colorway for the Shuttle Flat





The Charge Pro is Giant's top of the line cross-country, cyclocross, and gravel race shoe. It is an evolution of the Charge shoe that has been in their line for some time now. Last year, Giant introduced their 'Motion Efficiency System' in their Surge Pro road shoe and has now moved the technology into their mountain line with what they call MES 2.0.

The rubber-covered 'ExoBeam' is a dual-beam design that combines stiffness in the forefoot, where most of a rider’s power is applied, with flex zones that are said to reduce tension and strain in the lower leg by allowing the foot to move in a more natural way. The dual beam also aims to offer more stability and traction when the rider is unclipped from the pedal or walking.

Charge Pro
• Intended use: XC Race, cyclocross and gravel
• Motion Efficiency System
• 100% long-fiber carbon ExoBeam plate
• Internal ExoWrap
• BOA System
• Colors: Black, Blue
• Weight: 338g (size 45)
• Sizes: EU 40-48 (Half Sizes 41.5-45.5), HV 40-48 (Half Sizes 41.5-45.5)
• Global SRP $350
giant-bicycles.com


The ExoWrap featured on the Charge Pro and Elite shoe goes under the sole of the shoe and has a dedicated BOA system to secure it. While most shoe enclosures simply pull the foot down toward the sole, Giant's ExoWrap additionally supports the foot by also pulling up. With a supported arch, Giant claims you may not need to even need to run orthotics anymore for those who find themselves often swapping insoles in shoes.

Reinforced high-density, water-resistant upper with laser cut micro-perforations for low weight and increased ventilation.
The carbon ExoBeam plate features a rubber covered dual beam design.


Key Features

Motion Efficiency System: Combines a stiff pedaling platform with just enough torsional flex to reduce pressure and strain in the lower leg. Giant claims the result is a more natural foot movement during the pedal stroke to optimize comfort, power transfer and efficiency.

Dual ExoBeam with full rubber outsole: The Charge Pro’s redesigned 100% long-fiber carbon ExoBeam plate features a full rubber covered dual beam design, said to offer secure mid-foot contact on the pedal while un-clipped without sacrificing torsional flexibility, stiffness, or power transfer while pedaling.

Molded toe guard with double secure clear inserts: The TPU toe guard protects toes and features removable double secure cleat inserts for traction off-bike.

Secure fit heel: The “sharkskin” heel cup is ergonomically designed to follow the shape of a rider’s foot and provide a no-slip fit.

The ExoWrap goes under the sole of the shoe and has a dedicated BOA. This means that when you tighten the shoe, it doesn't just compress your foot down but it also pulls it up.
The reversed forefoot strap goes through the line.

The Charge Elite which has the same features as the Charge Pro but features a carbon/glass fiber composite ExoBeam plate instead of 100% carbon.


Line, Transmit, Flux

Other new and updated off-road models to complement the Shuttle Flat and the Charge series include the Line, Transmit, and Flux for trail, enduro, park, and DH riding.

The Line enduro shoe introduced two years ago now has a new buckle for increased reliability and a new grippier sole.

Transmit shoe
Flux shoe

The Transmit is made for aspiring off-road riders and features much of the same MES technology as the Charge series including the ExoBeam plate. The closure is designed with a protected ratchet buckle and reversed front strap for a secure and comfortable fit.

The Flux is designed as an entry-level off-road shoe that combines the ExoBeam technology with a two-strap closure.


60 Comments

  • + 52
 Hmmmm...Looks like a Giant step in the right direction.
  • + 20
 Came here solely for the puns, was not disappointed.
  • + 11
 Yeah, I can't FATHOM the REIGN of GLORY these will PROPEL you into
  • + 2
 Flat out truth.
  • + 10
 I knew something was afoot when they didn't release new products, but they're doing a good job of peddling this new line.
  • - 3
 @jonlees: Made a similar joke to a Glory owner trying to hassle me on OfferUp.
  • - 1
 giant is all shoed the mice out now ah
  • + 1
 I got tongue tied trying to think of a pun for this post.
  • + 0
 Articles about shoes really put me in a Trance.
  • - 3
 If they only made condoms with their logos on it, it would be an anthem to my masculinity
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Brad Benedict was a team rider for Specialized years ago and had a condom sponsor (Bravo Condoms), and to this day I've not heard of a more enviable sponsorship deal.
  • + 4
 Funny story I heard once - In the dying days of the cold war, in the spirit of reconciliation as the iron curtain was beginning to come down, a U.S naval fleet was due to dock for the first time on Soviet soil. This was to be a momentous day and the need for diplomacy and respect was paramount - the unity and lasting peace between these great nations was potentially at stake. With this in mind, the U.S navy thought it only proper to give fair warning of the needs of their men. But the old rivalry was not to be put aside entirely. Anticipating the boat load of randy American sailors descending on the Russian port, they put in an order for 20,000 condoms - specifying that they should be 12 inches long. The Soviets quietly obliged, but they were not to be out done by this not so subtle declaration of American machismo and virility. On delivery U.S navy command inspected the product and found on every packet, stamped in bold print - 'MEDIUM'.
  • + 0
 I don't need Giant shoes... my feet are small
  • + 12
 Why does mountain bike footwear look like bowling shoes and ballet slippers? Is it really that hard to make something that looks a little bit more like a hiking or trail running shoe?
  • + 2
 I think the only MTB shoe that looks halfway decent is the regular Freerider, and even then you have to be into the skater look.
  • + 6
 Shimano called, they want their shoes back...
  • + 1
 I was gonna say...do you use these shoes for fishing?
  • + 1
 you think?!
  • + 5
 I never thought about going to the bakery before i ride. I guess with these shoes that's a real possibility. Take my money.
  • + 2
 Whatever happened to the complete cover for your laces? Can that be brought back for all us freeriders out there? Also, it would be great to have an SPD sole, or 3/4 shank, but with the regular full rubber outsole if you don't want to ride clips but prefer a stiff pedaling platform. Hard landings and flexion of the heel below the pedal is the main cause for shattering the heel/calcaneus and the ankle. Perhaps provide a rubber insert that screws in and fills that SPD section, similar to the Mavic XA shoes? The 5.10 Raven's were a great shoe, just needed a full 5.10 rubber outsole.
  • + 2
 RIP Karver's, I was forced to switch as well because that shoe is no longer made. Ended up purchasing the Shimano GR9 to give them a go. Unparallel has some awesome looking shoes as well (with full lace cover). If I would have known about them earlier, I would have gone with their shoe.
  • + 2
 @krashDH85: Thanks for the tip about Unparallel, will check it out!
  • + 0
 @krashDH85:
too bad it looks like they "updated" their prices since you posted that link. I swear the low cut was $30 cheaper before I put it in the cart. Was willing to try out a new rubber before that. Back to 5 tens I guess.
  • + 1
 Flat pedal shoes with flexy soles might be good for shuttle drivers. I can’t get this idea of using flex soles because they are good for everything but biking. If there are clipless pedals that are as wide as the flat platform ones why can’t they make a full rubber outsole with a hard insole FFS???
  • + 8
 My (limited) understanding is that flat pedal shoes do not need to be stiff as the pedal area is larger and most riders have a mid-sole position which provides both better grip and lets your foot flex around the pedal a bit. Also, I suspect 'flexy' is relative and probably stiffer than a pair of vans but less stiff than carbon soled road shoes.
  • + 1
 Also to add on to what was already said, when you try to maneuver your bike with flat pedal shoes you're foot instinctually flexes the toes to be able to grip the pedals. the flex on the shoe when you're doing a bunny hop or a nose manual helps in scooping the pedal back to lift the rear end; something that comes a bit easier when your feet are clipped in.
  • + 0
 @ryan77777: foot flexing around the pedal equals bloody sore arches after a decent ride.

The mid sole does not normally touch the ground when walking or any other activity so it isn't good for pedaling either.

Hence, stiff soles are the go, as you put the pressure through the ball and heel and it transfers to the pedal.

Or, get the Pedalling Innovations pedal (which is awesome) which get a the pedal itself under the ball and heel if your foot and gives you an epic platform to work with
  • - 1
 @ryan77777: Maybe these flexy sole bike shoes work well for slopestyle courses and full sus bikes on bikepark jumptracks. Otherwise whoever rides hartails (I also ride a fixie sometimes) on harsh terrain, would much rather have a sole that spreads pedal impacts to the whole foot instead of kicking the tiny bones of the foot. Believe me, after being 50 you’ll care about ya bones.
  • + 1
 Hopefully they're sticker than 99% of the other flat pedal shoes. Bontrager, specialized, pearl izumi all last forever because they're not sticky enough to provide semi decent grip.
  • + 2
 I'm happy to see another option. As someone who's not that picky about shoes, more options mean more chance of something reaching clearance in my size.
  • + 2
 Still confused why no one makes a Boa flat pedal shoe. Until then I'll stick with my Shimanos with the lace cover.
  • + 2
 What should be FP is their new composite confidence guarantee (not that their shoes are bad)
  • - 1
 Frame of reference on their high end race shoes. They sponsor World Tour road team CCC and not a single person on the team uses the shoes, some of the guys actually use Specialized shoes. They want to rethink their technology.
  • + 3
 I have a pair of Line's and love them!
  • + 1
 "They also noted that the shoe won't leave black scuffs on the floor when you come home." Perfect, that's the first thing I think about when purchasing a Flat pedal Shoe!
  • + 3
 No more boat anchors after a water crossing? Sign me up
  • + 2
 The flats look sweet. Nice mix of skate-shoey vs tech features
  • + 2
 Looking good! Can't wait to try the Shuttle Flats.
  • + 1
 I love my Line shoes and look forward to the new Shuttle flat. They all looked great in person.
  • + 1
 I'm literally going to remove the BOA from my snowboard boots, and put it on my bicycle shoes. I'm not even joking.
  • + 2
 Please don't make me!
  • + 1
 You can use them on the squash court...
  • + 0
 They look like the sneakers my father in-law wears around the park in Florida
  • + 0
 i started to believe the earth was flat after a few rides on flat pedals...
  • + 1
 How is this a priority over posting the Friday fails!?
  • + 1
 Well said , you get my up vote
  • + 1
 These soles look like they'll be completely useless for hike-a-bike though
  • + 1
 Curse you small minded cobblers! I need a 49.5
  • + 1
 Finally, some shoes I can wear to the bakery.
  • - 1
 i like first additions because there built great till after the 5th addition were they cheap out and then the shoes fall apart... looking at you 5 10's
  • + 1
 Sole durometer?
  • + 0
 The shuttle flat on that log looks like a fucked up brogue jar jar binks
  • - 1
 More ugly mountainbike shoes...... When is Vans bringing a shoe back on the MTB market again..?
  • + 5
 Why won’t you ride in their skateshoes? BMXers do
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Vans tend to be too flexy for extended rides, which leads to foot cramping.

Fine for dirt jumping, not ideal for trail riding.
  • + 1
 @rezrov:

@WAKIdesigns:

Ecactly. Their skate shoes are useless for long rides in rough terrain. I have 2 pairs of their Warners, which are great, but unfortunately those are long discontinued..
  • + 1
 @DutchmanPhotos: if you ask me, I don’t know how can ride anything in their shoes. Went to dirt jump once in them and after first case I had trouble walking for a week. I just wondered whether people ride trails in them. Their SPD shoes were worthless due to forward cleat location.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns:

I rode BMX half my life with regular Vans.... Shitty shoes, but it was all about the looks, and I have to say, they do work very well on a flat pedal. Nico Vink still rides everything with ‘em.. Pretty crazy.
I use the Warners with flat pedals too. Anyways, it would be cool to see a new Vans shoe with the quality of a Five Ten...
  • + 0
 Oh great! ...more lace up flat pedal shoes
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