Cannondale Roam review£60.00

If you like your reflective piping, then Cannondale's Roam is covered in it without effecting generally stylish 'normal' looks - and it's also available in a women's version.

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If you like your reflective piping, then Cannondale's Roam is covered in it without effecting generally stylish 'normal' looks - and it's also available in a women's version. While the sides are mesh, which is a bit chilly, the toe is mostly solid which makes for decent splash and windchill protection.

Broad sole and plastic heel flanks ward off rocks, too. The lace closure also gets a press stud lace keeper on the outside to keep them out of your chain. There's plenty of room and width in the toe box too, as well as reasonably tall coverage at the ankle for stumbling stability. Chunky all-round tread with moulded toe studs gives decent grip, but stiffness in the forefoot and a tall heel caused a lot of movement and rubbing when they were new. Despite the toe stiffness, the cleat position is obvious too, with a 'stone in your shoe' lump right in the ball of your foot which isn't exactly comfortable. They're reasonably well priced if you're not intending to use cleats, though.

 

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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