Who should buy the Five Ten Freerider Elements

If going clipless is too much of a hassle or hazard for you, the Freerider Elements may just be what you need. It is a solid option if you: 

  • Need a shoe that is designed to provide grip on flat pedals as well as uneven surfaces.
  • Need a shoe that prevents the user from slippage, so no power transfer is lost even on the most treacherous terrains. 
  • Need a shoe that offers protection against damp conditions and is also reinforced so you won’t have to worry about stubbed toes.

Five Ten Freerider Elements logo

Protected by the Stealth S1 rubber

The bottom of the Freerider Elements is protected by the Stealth S1 rubber. This thick compound is engineered to attenuate shock, perfect for when you need to get off your bike and do a bit of hiking or walking. It is also hard-wearing, so it won’t easily get worn down regardless of the terrain it is used on.

Five Ten Freerider Elements Protected by the Stealth S1 rubber

Inherently grippy

Stealth S1 is inherently grippy, while the Classic Dotty tread pattern enhances it. The flat surface of the dots makes full contact with the pedal. Meanwhile, the studs on flat pedals fit perfectly in between the circles, locking the outsole in place. Though it is very grippy, it still allows the foot to pivot when needed.

Five Ten Freerider Elements Inherently grippy

Prevents shoe slippage

This trainer features a molded cupsole construction. The top of the sole unit slightly extends up, forming a wall that contains the foot to prevent in-shoe slippage.

Five Ten Freerider Elements Prevents shoe slippage

Five Ten Freerider Elements cleat system

The Five Ten Freerider Elements features a flat outsole. It works best with flat pedals such as the Crank Brothers 5050 xx, the Twenty6 Predator, the Nukeproof Electron, the Race Face Chester, the Shimano Saint MX80 Flat Pedals, to name a few.

Five Ten Freerider Elements Five Ten Freerider Elements cleat system

The advantage of using flat cycling shoes is that wearers can easily plant their foot on the pedal and just as quickly remove it when they need to. There are no cleats to worry about if you suddenly need to disengage your foot from the pedal to avoid any untoward incidents.

DWR-treated leather

The top of the Five Ten Freerider Elements is made of DWR-treated leather, which is responsible for its water-resistant properties. The synthetic panels also contribute to keeping the foot warm and dry in wet conditions. The material is also fast-drying.

Five Ten Freerider Elements DWR-treated leather

Comfortable cushioning

The interior of this cycling shoe is lined with PUR foam. This thin layer of foam provides a comfortable wrap that also maintains a warm environment in cold weather.

Five Ten Freerider Elements Comfortable cushioning

Secure fit

The low-top construction allows for a full range of ankle movement. Meanwhile, fit adjustment is afforded by the lacing system. The panels at the forefoot and near the collar integrate with the lace-up structure. When the shoestrings are tightened, the lateral hold is amplified.

Five Ten Freerider Elements Secure fit

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 15oz
Base model: Five Ten Freerider
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: Flat
Closure: Lace
Features: Water-resistant
Collection: Five Ten Stealth Rubber

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Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

Rhys is an expert in all things cycling and bicycles who at a young age pursued the dream of becoming a professional cyclist by racing for a French and then Belgian road racing team at the Elite level. He is heavily involved in the cycling scene and runs one of Australia’s highest-rated online bicycle parts stores. He’s THE expert when it comes to testing cycling shoes.