Bontrager RXL Carbon shoes review

Top-end race shoe

Our rating 
2.0 out of 5 star rating 2.0
GBP £140.00 RRP | USD $227.66
Bontrager RXL Carbon Shoes

Our review

Could have been a contender for top honours but for that wide heel cup
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The RXL is Bontrager’s top-end performance race shoe and it’s not a bad first effort, although it is hampered by a poor fitting heel cup.

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The carbon midsole is really stiff, transferring every joule of your energy to the pedals, and the co-moulded tread is very plasticky and slippery, not good for general hooing around but great for clipped-in racing.

The racy looking upper features a deep toe box with plastic guard leading to a refreshingly broad forefoot. The uppers have twin Velcro straps and a micro buckle strap, but it doesn’t offer lateral adjustment, making detailed positioning of the tongue pad impossible.

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The biggest letdown was the wide, shapeless heel cup which, combined with the very stiff sole, meant we had lots of heel lift – a real shame as, from the toe to the buckle, it was a very comfortable shoe. We’re mystified as to how this slipped through Bontrager’s R&D.

Product Specifications

Product

Name RXL Carbon Shoes (09)
Brand Bontrager

Available Colours Red/White/Black
Features Custom fit insoles
Shoe Closure Buckle and Straps
Shoe Sizes Available 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49
Sole Type Carbon Fibre