In the world of cycling tech, it doesn't feel like the year has begun until something wholly unusual lands on our desks or in our inbox from Ekoi... and after sampling the delights of their one-size, inside-out bib shorts and a jersey that is designed to prevent tan lines, they've now launched a custom configurator for the range-topping Ekoi R5 road shoe with some very eye-catching designs to choose from.
The R5's were launched in July 2018, and they are Ekoi's stiffest and lightest all-round performance road shoes at 276g per shoe in a size 41. The 'monobloc' construction of the upper is seamless to increase comfort with an antibacterial inner lining, and Ekoi's SHD carbon sole includes six vents for plenty of breathability. And now the online configurator means you can have all those benefits within a weird and wonderful chassis designed by you. Snakeskin, pop art, patriotic national flag-inspired designs and geometric patterns are all options, and you can customise further by picking the colour of the tongue and the heel cup (make sure you do a better job than our intentionally terrible effort below, though).
The road.cc Brexit Edition R5s - in other words, a complete bloody mess
The custom R5's are only available through Ekoi online, and take four weeks to make once you've placed your order. They're priced at €299.99, which is £262.77 at today's exchange rate according to the conversion on Ekoi's webshop - head over there to design your dream shoe here.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.