dhb has launched a brand new range of cycling shoes with its most advanced shoe costing £130 and the lineup kicking off at just £75, with road, mountain and triathlon models.
The company best known for offering impressive performance at highly competitive prices, and with a growing confidence that has seen it turn out some very stylish clothing, has produced shoes before. But five years have passed since dhb last offered shoes and it has used the time to develop an entire new lineup that aims higher than before.
- 15 of the best performance road cycling shoes — stiff shoes for fast feet from £45 to £900
Flick through the road.cc shoe reviews archive and it’s clear you can pay handsomely for road shoes, but dhb firmly believes there’s no reason why cyclists shouldn’t be able to buy affordable shoes that don’t compromise on quality and performance.
“We believe cyclists shouldn’t have to pay over the odds for top quality cycling shoes that deliver on every ride,” says Rich Land, Senior Product Manager at dhb. “So it was our ambition to create a collection of shoes that perform far beyond expectation, pooling the expertise here at dhb to create shoes that make time in the saddle more enjoyable for cyclists, triathletes and mountain bikers.”
The flagship shoe in this new ambitious range is the Aeron Carbon Road D (£120) which weighs a claimed 257g (size 42) thanks to a full carbon fibre sole and lightweight breathable synthetic upper. An ATOP dial adjustment system permits secure closure and precise fit and easy fit adjustment on the move.
The Aeron Carbon Road R (£120) is essentially the same shoe but swaps the dials for an ATOP ratchet mechanism. So you can choose whichever closure system you prefer. Some people like ratchets, some love dials, it’s your choice.
Laces have become popular since Giro introduced its Empire model a few years ago, and dhb has used laces with its new Road Dorica Shoe (£70). dhb says the laces allow you to tailor the fit across the foot to suit your needs, while the synthetic upper is lightweight and perforated in key places. A nylon sole keeps the weight down, a claimed 265g (size 42). The sole has been drilled for both two- and three-bolt cleats.
If you aren’t into laces, the Road Troika Shoe (£70) swaps them for a traditional Velcro strap closure system but retains the same lightweight upper and nylon sole.
There are also new mountain bike shoes, the Troika MTB Shoe (£70) which uses the same upper as the road version but swaps in a grippy sole with a two-bolt SPD cleat drilling and provision for spikes. Other colours are available if the battleship dazzle camo is a but over the top for your tastes.
The Dorica MTB Shoe (£70) is the same but with a lace closure system.
Rounding out the new range is the Trinity Tri Shoe (£75) which uses a two-strap fastening system for easy shoe fitting and removal in the transition area, aided by a large heel pull tab and useful crank arm loop on inside of the arch.
You can see the full range in detail over at www.wiggle.co.uk
£950 does seem a bit steep for a kids' bike. It makes me think they might be targetting it at Nathan Barley-ish hipsters instead.
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