The Bont Zero road shoe has been redesigned from the ground up for 2014, and the Zero+ is said to offer improved fit, stiffness, comfort and aero performance. Expected price is £275 (US price to be confirmed) and our size 45 test pair weighs in at 500g.
Video: Bont 2014 gear from Eurobike 2013
The original Zero was the shoe of choice for Bradley Wiggins, and he rode it to Tour de France success. It had a slick, fibre-based upper and a fully mouldable, bathtub carbon sole. They had a cutting-edge design bar one thing – the laces, which keep weight down but aren’t exactly a quick put-on/get-off option.
Instead of laces, the new Zero+ has a fibre-wire tensioner dialled in with a single atop dial. The original monocoque chassis has been redesigned, and Bont say it now offers an improved fit, better stiffness and increased power transfer. A new liner and performance sculpted insole should improve comfort.
Bont have switched to a Durolite material for the new upper. It’s dimpled, for a claimed improvement in aero performance – however, as with the original Zero we’d imagine that’s more down to the cover closure.
For more information on Bont products see www.bont.com.