New Bontrager mountain bike shoes

Sneak peak at upcoming range

Bontrager is nearing completion on a new range of mountain bike shoes that will contain at least three models, presumably for release later this year.  The top-end Race X Lite prototype we saw features a carbon sole plate and synthetic upper secured with a ratcheting buckle and two forefoot straps.   The main strap is well-padded and adjustable in length while the moulded heel cup appears to be well ventilated.

One of the most exciting features, though, is the inclusion of an OEM version of Soles' custom insoles. The Bontrager semi-custom version uses interchangeable arch and metatarsal inserts to provide personalised support that comes close to the full-blown version, at least in theory.  Several different shapes and sizes of inserts will be included and Bontrager may offer the semi-custom insoles in the aftermarket as well.

The next model down is said to swap the Race X Lite's carbon fibre sole with a carbon-reinforced nylon plate while the remaining shoe is intended as more of a multipurpose trail shoe with a more flexible sole and beefier tread for walking.  

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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