Bontrager Rhythm shoes review£119.99

Lightweight and effective

BikeRadar score4/5

Bontrager’s tough-trail/enduro family now has shoes to match. The Rhythm’s bright neon tread lugs are made from properly grippy Tachyon rubber and wrap right round the sole, which is low enough for a connected feel even on smaller clipless pedals. Sole stiffness is good enough for positive acceleration but still bearable for short walks. The InForm Pro orthopaedic shaping meant we didn’t have hot spot issues on long rides or clattering descents either.

The toe, heel and outside flank get extra Gnar Guard scuff protection but the overall feel is light, not locked in. The mesh toe panel lets in water and cold – a surprise on an otherwise splashproof shoe – but the ratchet system works better than its flimsy looks suggest and the price is good.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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