Bont A1 Cycling Shoes

Real life bike and gear tests

Bont A1 Cycling Shoes

Postby BrettGG » Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:14 pm

Name of product
Bont A1 Shoes

Price
RRP $549

How it is used
These are my primary cycling shoes and have been for the past 6 weeks or so.

Description
- 100% Handmade heat mouldable Monocoque Carbon chassis
- Microfibre upper material
- 40 Air vents around each shoe
- 3.6mm stack height
- Replaceable sole guards

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Positives++

- Heat mouldable to fit feet perfectly
- Really lightweight
- Super stiff
- Markings for lining up cleats perfectly, this is a fantastic feature.

Negatives- -

I can honestly say that there is nothing negative about these shoes. A few small points but nothing negative. They took a few rides to get used to and the moulding process needs to be done properly or you have to redo it over.

Additional notes
I could not believe how much better these shoes are compared to my previous shoes (No names mentioned). I could feel such a difference especially when standing and climbing up hills. The sole of the shoe is so rigid that 100% of your power is transferred to the crank. There is no loss of power through flex and you can really feel it.

The strangest thing is that after about 4 or 5 minutes of putting these babies on it actually feels like I am not wearing any shoes.
I understand that they are expensive but there is nothing worse than numb feet due to uncomfortable shoes. I also really dislike the feeling of plastic chassis shoes when they flex and move when trying to put the power down.
I know a few of the riders on the UCI tour and they are seriously impressed by the Bont shoes. There are a lot of them riding Bont now and that speaks for itself.

Reccomendation
I would recommend the Bont A1 shoes to anyone wanting a quality shoe that WILL improve their cycling. I don’t think we give enough thought to our shoes, but after wearing these for the past 6 weeks or so I can honestly say that my mindset on shoes has had a complete paradigm shift.


OVERALL SCORES

Quality Image Image Image Image Image

Performance Image Image Image Image Image

Value for money Image Image Image Image Image
Last edited by BrettGG on Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:39 am, edited 2 times in total.
Don't take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
User avatar
BrettGG
 
Posts: 199
Joined: Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:13 pm
Location: Melbourne

by BNA » Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:55 pm

BNA
 

Re: Bont A1 Cycling Shoes

Postby nutsack » Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:55 pm

Is it true these are not a good fit for wide feet?
Main ride: BMC SLX01 Race Master 2010 SRAM Red
nutsack
 
Posts: 216
Joined: Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:11 am

Re: Bont A1 Cycling Shoes

Postby BrettGG » Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:14 pm

nutsack wrote:Is it true these are not a good fit for wide feet?


I'm not sure but Bont make custom shoes as well. You can get a special mould from them that you use to mould casts of your feet. Bont then hand make shoes to your feet.
Don't take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
User avatar
BrettGG
 
Posts: 199
Joined: Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:13 pm
Location: Melbourne


Return to Bike & Gear Reviews

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users



Support BNA
Click for online shops
Torpedo 7 Torpedo7 AU
Ground Effect Ground Effect NZ
Chain Reaction Cycles CRC UK
Wiggle Wiggle UK
Cycling Express Cycling Express
Ebay Ebay AU
ProBikeKit ProBikeKit UK
Evans Cycles Evans Cycles UK
JensonUSA Jenson USA
JensonUSA Competitive Cyclist