Bullet points: - Shape of shoe amazing and like nothing else. Anatomically correct and your feet will not believe the difference. Perfect in every way - Stiff sole provides excellent transfer to pedals. Almost feels like cheating when compared to softer, more flexible shoes. - Above stiff sole and hard tread make these much more difficult to walk around in. Cleat doesn’t hit but (somewhat obviously) these are much harder off bike to get around in. - I would suggest maybe an “urban version” of this shoe with softer rubber compound for the tread. Most cyclists aren’t doing cyclocross-type stuff. No need for aggressive and hard tread most of the time. A softer compound would make off bike experience much better without sacrificing the stiff sole and terrific power transfer. - That said, this is a ridiculously amazing shoe for the price. Only not a 5 star because like the “perfect 10”, I believe those are only theoretical. Really a 4.8 or 4.9 star
Bont Riot MTB+, the world's first carbon composite and heat moldable cycling shoe designed for mountain biking and priced for the masses, now available with proven BOA Performance Fit System.
The Riot MTB+ combines Bont Cycling's professional-series technical features including anatomical power transfer platform for greater efficiency, replaceable sole guards, unique carbon composite shaping, competition grade materials and BOA Performance Fit System to create the most technically-advanced entry-level MTB shoe available.
- Material - Carbon composite construction with anti-stretch Microfiber upper and Bont Cycling's proprietary Epoxy Thermoset Fiberglass heat molding technology.
- 4.8mm stack height for improved stability and injury prevention.
- Frontal Air Vents for breathability in all-weather conditions.
- Innersole - Comfort.
- Sole Guards - Replaceable heel and toe guards.
- Cleat Mounting - Two-bolt, SPD compatible with alignment grid plus grip.
- Closing Options - Z-Form Velcro strap with Single-dial BOA L6 Performance Fit System.
- Weight - 385 grams (approximate weight based on size 42 shoe).
I wore the Riot MTB shoes at the World Gravel Bike Championships in Vicenza, Italy last Saturday. I won my event and the Bont Shoes obviously played some part in that win. They were comfortable and ideally suited to the conditions and 140km distance of the event.
I was having some toe pain once I started racing and riding harder than I had recreationally in the past. I had used inexpensive shoes, but I wasn't on my bike 10 hours a week! I tried Bonts, Shimano RX8 and Sidi Dominators. All at the same time. The Dominators had a strange sole bending your foot to their design. The Shimano's were nice - but twice the price of the Bont's. They weren't much lighter, and the sole was not as tough for gravel abuse. The Bonts had the best toe space, and I liked the stiffness of the sole. The BOA works great
I can't understand why all the other shoe companies smash our toes together. Its important they have space! Thats why i chose these over SIDI or Shimano RX8's. However, the foot bed sides is kinda hard. Not fun to walk in, but very stiff on the bike. I think I'll keep them forever!
It’s a good shoe! I wish there was a similar shoe with an even wider toe box and some more flex in the sole. These are great road biking shoes because they have a stiff sole and are reasonably comfortable. For real mountain biking which includes hiking I’d like more comfort and flex while retaining the ability to clip in.
I love my new Bonts! Nice and stiff. They fit great, although about a half size small, in my estimation. I usually take a 7 1/2 to an 8 US, and I had to order an 8.5 US. Anyway, I think my biggest wish would be that if a size didn't fit, there should be free returns if returning for a different size. Rapha did that for a pair of road shoes I purchased a few years back, and that really impressed me, customer service wise. I would recommend these shoes to anyone, especially if you find that your feet fall asleep in other shoes. I do not experience that anymore, with my new Bonts.
I usually wear sandals and because of that my toes are in a more natural spread out position, especially my big toe. Due to this I have difficulty finding a shoe that doesn't squish my toes together and often have to go a size up, leaving a lot to be desired. These shoes in "Asian Fit" width fit me quite well. The heel is also fairly narrow compared to other shoes and fits good, although it could stand to be a bit narrower. I have replaced the original insole with a Specialized one to increase the arch support. My only slight complaint is the tongue is loose and needs to be pulled up before cinching up the shoe. Other than that the quality and build are excellent for the price.
Not happy I have to write this review, but I have not had a positive experience dealing with Bont Cycling. After going through the sizing exercise with the sales team and submitting traces of my foot, the shoes ended up being way too big. I expressed my interest in exchanging for the correct size and was told I would have to pay to return the items and then re-order. I went to the local courier and was told it would be $55 to ship the shoes back. I decided that was just way too much money as I had already spent a great deal on these shoes. After explaining this to customer service I was told "that is our policy" and there is no other option. I have ordered and exchanged shoes from multiple other companies and they always include a return slip. This makes sense. If a company wants to provide direct order service, they need to make it easy on the customer and these types of returns/exchanges need to be built into the business model. I would have been a loyal customer with repeat business for years to come, now instead, I will not support this brand and I certainly will not have anything positive to say about it. And I find it very strange that they would ask for my review when multiple staff members are aware of my bad experience.
As usual, a lot of shoe at a great price from Bont. Nice sized toe box for my hobbit feet, boa system and heat moldable. This time I decided not to heat mold as they’re perfect out of the box. Big thanks to the Bont team❤️
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Be advised all measurements shown in the size charts above are listed in millimetres and refer to all current models purchased after 2015.
NEW SIZING METHOD
To find your Bont Cycling shoe size, download and print our all-new sizing page in A4 or Letter and follow the instructions exactly as listed. Mark with a straight edge your longest toe and widest part of your foot. Double check the length and width with a ruler to confirm your measurements. Be advised, this is a newly developed sizing page so please send any feedback to our team by clicking the red 'speech bubble' in the corner of the page.
To find your size, place a piece of paper on a flat surface and place it directly up against a wall. Stand on the paper and ensure you have a 1mm gap between your heel and the wall. Plant your foot firmly on the ground and slowly roll your weight forward and onto the forefoot. For the most effective longest toe measurement, your heel should lift off the ground slight. Look down and take the measurement from the wall edge of the paper to your longest toe. Record the length. With your foot still in place, mark the widest points of the inner and outer edges of your feet. Measure the width across the widest part of your foot and record the number in millimeters. Repeat this step for both feet.
Once the measurements have been taken, use the Foot Length Range on the size chart to find your size. The Last Length measurements shown on the chart are the exact length of the last that we use to build the shoes. This correlates to the precise internal measurement of the shoe.
Following selection of your size in EU or USA, move downward to select the most appropriate width. We recommend adding 1mm to find the most appropriate width. For example, you are looking at a Vaypor S and have determined your best shoe size is 45 and your feet measure 105mm (left) and 107mm (right) wide, with an additional 1mm added, you would still fit within the Standard Range. If your feet measure wide than 109/110mm (size 45/10.5) you should consider Wide fit.
NOTE: The stated size width range does not reflect the actual width of the shoe. Bont Cycling shoes are designed with structural support throughout the entire length including the forefoot and as such, the measured shoe width is designed to appropriately support the foot within the shoe. The width of the shoe will almost always be narrower than your foot which is intentional in order to provide the necessary support.
Please also keep in mind Bont Cycling shoes are designed around an anatomically correct last suitable for cycling however, this does not mean they are built in the 'bare foot' running shoe style.
For sizes that fall outside of our size chart, please get in touch HERE.