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Bont Shoes

Postby Wakatuki » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:51 pm

Looking to step into my first road shoes, narrowed down to,
Bont A3 with Buckle or A2, depending on the price of A2's. So Probably A3'!
Any feedback on these? Based on the tech and the price I think they give Shimano 106's a good run for their money.

Now I can pair these with either Look or Spd-sl as I need pedals too.
Running Shimano 105 at the moment.

Suggestions/ Thoughts?

P.S. When purchased I'm off to the bike fitter! :)
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby MarkG » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:53 pm

I would stretch the budget and go to A1 or Vaypor if you can. Full monocoque carbon fibre body.
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby Baalzamon » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:02 pm

Check ebay as well, some good deals floating around
Mind you ebay does seem to think bont is "boat"...
Just make sure your 2nd toe ain't longer than your 1st you may run into sizing problems.
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby antipodean » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:10 pm

I have a set of these on the way.
http://www.gkasportsstore.com.au/ctt3-r ... -3612.html
As far as I can tell they are identical to the A3 which get a glowing review here.
http://road.cc/content/review/68585-bon ... road-shoes
Would have loved Vaypors but wasn't prepared to spend $350+ on shoes.
Some good prices here on higher end models.
http://shop.bontcycling.com/collections/road-shoes
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby Baalzamon » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:32 pm

One ebay shop that sells Bonts cheap The Pros Closet
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby Crawf » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:36 pm

I commute in 3 strap A3's, all other times on buckle A1's, both picked up for a bargain. Can I feel the difference in stiffness, no not at all.
Edit, don't get a full strap shoe either, you will never get them super tight.
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby Wakatuki » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:38 pm

Thanks for the tip.

Would CTT-3 or Vaypor be the weapon of choice?
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby antipodean » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:39 pm

Wakatuki wrote:Thanks for the tip.

Would CTT-3 or Vaypor be the weapon of choice?


You realise there is a $300 price difference here?
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby MarkG » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:02 pm

One is a resin and fiberglass sole and one is carbon fiber.
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby antipodean » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:04 pm

For $120 I will take the risk.
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby Baalzamon » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:17 pm

Just what size shoe are you
I "may" be persuaded to let my bont vaypor go for that
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby antipodean » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:37 pm

MarkG wrote:One is a resin and fiberglass sole and one is carbon fiber.


Quote from the road.cc review of the A3 which has a fiberglass sole.

"The A-Threes feature among the stiffest soles out there even though it only made from lowly fibreglass. The support and stability the shoes provide when really cranking is also exemplary"
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby humanbeing » Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:22 am

Watch out for size, just saying people have issues finding the right size.
Myself I had to go up one size from Specialized when I purchased Bont A1s.
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby Wakatuki » Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:59 am

antipodean wrote:
Wakatuki wrote:Thanks for the tip.

Would CTT-3 or Vaypor be the weapon of choice?


You realise there is a $300 price difference here?


Did not realise it was $300 but eBay can sometimes close the gap considerably. Vaypor seem to be the "it" shoe because it has carbon. But can't find much on CTT in comparison.
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby Wakatuki » Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:02 am

Baalzamon wrote:Just what size shoe are you
I "may" be persuaded to let my bont vaypor go for that

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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby stevecassidy » Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:44 am

I've been riding Bont A3s with three straps (no buckle) for a couple of years and have been very happy with them. I think the new version with the buckle would make them better but I've never really had a problem. The only issue with them has been cosmetic with some of the trim coming away from the glassfibre body and some damage to the fibreglass around the heel area - basically this collapsed so that it moves every time I put weight on it. This has no effect on riding though but I think if it gets much worse I'll have to replace them.

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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby Baalzamon » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:46 pm

Bit the bullet and I'm getting some Bont vaypor + customs done. Now the legendary waiting begins
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby moreegolfer » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:40 pm

Does anyone know the RRP for new Bont Vaypor+? With no retail outlet stocking them here in Toowoomba (although they will order a pair in) I thought I'd ask the brains trust :)?
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby MarkG » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:54 pm

$430 is the price I received from Bont

http://www.gkasportsstore.com.au/vaypou ... -4647.html
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby moreegolfer » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:22 pm

MarkG wrote:$430 is the price I received from Bont

http://www.gkasportsstore.com.au/vaypou ... -4647.html

That's affordable, just :wink:
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby MarkG » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:40 pm

$20 more gets you the S-Works!
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby Baalzamon » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:21 pm

And a few hundred more gets you full custom :roll:

Online tho for the bont Vaypor +
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby Jesmol » Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:08 am

Just tried my Bont Riot's , thanks to Merlin cycles. Holy crap they are stiff. Coming from Specialized Elites - Bontranger Road to these is quite a difference.

Might need to do a bit more tuning in the oven, but wow.....
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby moreegolfer » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:05 am

MarkG wrote:$430 is the price I received from Bont

http://www.gkasportsstore.com.au/vaypou ... -4647.html

Thanks Mark. I sent them an enquiry form to ask about the Black version as I have white Sidis and would like a different colour, more durable too.
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Re: Bont Shoes

Postby Crawf » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:04 am

Jesmol wrote:Just tried my Bont Riot's , thanks to Merlin cycles. Holy crap they are stiff. Coming from Specialized Elites - Bontranger Road to these is quite a difference.

Might need to do a bit more tuning in the oven, but wow.....


Keen to hear more on your Riots, my A3's need replacing (the heel has worn through) and was thinking of getting the Riots, I actually think they are one of the better looking of their line.
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