Piu Miglia Montano MTB shoes review£70.00

Good-value kicks from UK newcomer

BikeRadar score4/5

Piu Miglia may sound Italian, but it's actually a new UK-based brand with an eye on the ‘value’ end of the market.

The Montanos’ plastic sole unit is stiff enough that you can pedal without obvious power loss and there’s no hot spot over the cleat area. Toe studs and deep forefoot and heel tread lugs let you gain a solid foothold in sludgy mud, though a couple of good kicks are often needed to clear the cleat area afterwards.

The tread is made from hard, slippery plastic, so you do have to be careful of the shoes skating around on wet roots or rocks.

You’ll need to wear overshoes or waterproof socks in winter, because low-level mesh side panels and toe segments make the Montanos a breezy option. That’s great if you’re looking for a summer shoe though.

The plastic heel cup and ratchet closure keep them well anchored, and there’s enough toe room for the wide feet typically found in the UK, where we tested them, though narrower-footed riders may find the wrapover straps don’t tighten enough. Take a look around the internet and you'll be able to track them down for far cheaper than the list price, too – making them a definite bargain.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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