Decathlon 600 RC £41.99

Decathlon's own-branded goods are famed for their rock-bottom prices combined with a feel of expert cycling nouse (surprisingly so when compared to their UK counterparts).

BikeRadar score 4/5

Decathlon's own-branded goods are famed for their rock-bottom prices combined with a feel of expert cycling nouse (surprisingly so when compared to their UK counterparts).

The 600RC is obviously aimed at beginners who are just starting out with clip-in pedals but will also make a great commuting or training shoe for those on a tight budget. There's no real reason why this should only be considered a decent entry-level race shoe though when considering some of the designs available a few years ago...

However, in use the differences between this shoe and a mid/high-end design are immediately apparent proving you get what you pay for.

The overall feel is one of soft comfort and a roomy foot box. The Velcro straps work to a degree but won't compress a loose fitting shoe into a piece of svelte racing apparel, so make sure you get the right size.

There's three other budget shoes to choose from and, for those more interested in touring and tea-stops, Decathlon's SPORT 5 touring/ recreation shoe looks like a very practical design for those wanting a more 'traditional' touring shoe with SPD compatibility.

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