Are the low cost dhb R1.0 Road Shoes any good?

The Wiggle in-house brand, dhb have made a name by offering technically advanced equipment at attractive prices. The R1.0 is dhb’s entry-level road shoe and comes in white or black (both with red highlights). While it has a limited feature list, it sits at a very attractive price point – currently around AUS $62.

They are a simple, velcro 3-strap shoe with a fibreglass/nylon sole. dhb go to a lot of trouble to claim the internal (i.e. invisible) structure of the sole gives excellent stiffness and power transfer. I didn’t cut them open, but I’m always sceptical of such hoopla.

To address the issue, the shoes just don’t flex – certainly not enough to be noticeable. And call me a troglodyte, but to date I haven’t come across a cycling shoe that did flex enough to be noticeable, even while sprinting at up to 1300 watts. Until I find a “flexy” shoe, I’ll remain convinced that most riders simply feel what they want to feel.

Wiggle dhb R1.0 Cycling Shoe Black

What is important, however, is the fit and feel of the shoes. Having no buckles, it’s a little difficult to get strong, symmetrical tightness on both sides. It is what it is and while a ratchet would be convenient, it’s still a perfectly tenable arrangement.

As you can see from the photos, these shoes weren’t designed with airflow in mind. Being winter, this hasn’t bothered me at all – indeed, even in summer I rarely have a problem with hot-foot. However, if you normally do require good airflow, you may find these shoes a little claustrophobic.

I found the shape of the upper quite interesting. The shoes feature a big wide tongue that spreads the pressure from the velcro straps across a large area. In addition, the shoe’s upper wraps tightly around the ankle and the top of the foot, giving a snug feel. However, for my foot at least, it was a little too snug. The sides wrap around so tightly that they dig into the front of my ankle as it flexes (see image below). The solution? Well, you could just get used to it (as I did after a while) or you could make sure you don’t go too big in size, as I believe this was a contributing factor. Either way, it’s something to be aware of.

dhb R1.0 Cycling Shoes Pressure Point
Some feet may find dhb R1.0 shoe upper too large and find this presses into the ankle

All in all, the R1.0 road shoes represent good value for money. There are few competitors at this price point and the trade-offs are fairly par for the course. If you want, for example, to upgrade to a ratchet system, the R2.0 is available at around $110. However, if you’re happy with a shoe that looks nice, seems to be well-built and won’t cost the earth, the R1.0 will do nicely.

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White dhb R1.0 Cycling Shoes

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dhb R1.0 Road Shoe (RRP $ $61.86)

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6 responses to “Are the low cost dhb R1.0 Road Shoes any good?”

  1. Thomas Houseman says:

    So they come in SPD mountain bike style too? I have them on my roadie as I need to do a bit of walking in my daily commute.

  2. Thomas Houseman says:

    Err Do* – damn autocracy…err autocorrect. Gah! 🙂

  3. Danny Beveridge says:

    Glad you asked! The bottom of the sole has the right holes and the inside of the shoe looks like it’s prepared for it too – it has a seam around the part of the sole you’d need to cut out. But when you actually try to do that, it’s very difficult – I couldn’t cut through with anything short of a drill.

    Wiggle actually say it’s not designed for mountain bike cleats.

    My theory is that these are manufacturing quirks as a result of using the same machinery to create different pieces of equipment.

    I could be wrong, of course. And in any case, you could force the issue with sufficient determination and cutting implements. But no, I wouldn’t recommend you purchase these shoes if you want to use two-bolt cleats.

    They would be no good for walking in anyway, since they’re not recessed

  4. John Hawkins says:

    I have a set of their mtb shoes and they are of similar quality. Very stiff sole and snug fit which is great for power transfer and comfortable on long rides..

    However,if the riding is technical and walking is involved over tricky terrain, you may want something with more sole flex and more grip. The coating of rubber like material is thin and wears through easily, exposing the glass reinforce plastic which t then wears quickly.

    However, the shoes performance overall is excellent for the price. I would buy again for a commmuting shoe.

  5. Bianchi928 says:

    Hi Danny. Great review. I’m considering a pair of these to wear on the ride to work. Hoe did you go with sizing. ie I’m a 45 in Shimano and a 46 in Sidi. Can you compare with either of these?


  6. John Hawkins says:

    Sorry for the late reply. Only just noticed your question.

    They are small for the size. I’m a 44 in Shimano mtb shoes, and these fit me well as a 45. I was fortunate to be able to try before buying from a forum member who found them too small for him.