Riivo offers stock and full custom cycling shoes made with carbon fiber soles and premium upper materials, all handmade by Austin-ite Brad Harper.
Harper has been making speedskating shoes for 20 years, but has transitioned to cycling shoes because he was already making them for himself and the market is much larger. He makes the entire shoe, and the custom shoes are full custom from bottom to top, all made completely in his workshop. Including the screen printing and embossing.
Kick past the break to check out the construction, molds and more…
He uses high end Majilite microfiber on the uppers with three different upper options – laces w/ buckle, buckle and straps or Atop dials, which is the lightest.
The outsoles are made two different ways, either a single carbon fiber layer or the higher end dual layer with the upper sandwiched between them. The dual piece has a flatter upper with an indented lower that creates a super stiff box section when put together.
They’re light, with one of the smaller sizes coming in at just 199g.
He’s based in Willis, TX. For non locals, he has a molding kit and video that lets them remotely send their feet in for custom builds. Stock sizes start at $575 and custom can go all the way up to $1,400. Above are some foot molds he was taking at NAHBS.