Fizik M5 shoes review£149.99

Stiff, light XC footwear

BikeRadar score4/5

The M5 feels flimsy at first but we enjoyed its super-light performance the more we rode. While the sole isn’t carbon fibre like many XC price rivals, it’s extremely stiff and puts all your power straight through the pedal and on to the trail.

The red tread lugs provide trustworthy traction on foot and there are toe stud threads for extra grip.

The lightweight, proofed leather and fabric upper manages a neat trick of barely feeling like it’s there while still managing to keep your foot exactly where it needs to be. The twin Velcro and single ratchet straps sort out tensioning without hot spots.

It’s more weatherproof than most shoes and dries quickly when it does get wet, which is great for back-to-back riding days. Fizik's quality detailing justifies the high price too.

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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