DMT R1 road shoe review£200.00

Two-tone Italian-crafted shoes

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The unidirectional (UD) carbon sole of DMT’s new range-topping shoe extends tub-like a little higher than average all around the base of the shoe, and taller still at the heel and arch for solid foot support.

Its sculpted underside accepts any three-hole cleats, has a replaceable heel bumper and mesh-covered toe vent, which feeds 175mm holes in both the inner sole and footbed, which are aligned for cooling. There’s no toe bumper though, and any walking immediately marks the front of the sole, which is less than satisfying for an expensive shoe.

Foot security is very good, with fine adjustment coming from the Boa dials, and no heel slippage

The striking two-tone microfibre uppers combine a matt black inside half with glossy outer, although if you don’t fancy orange, yellow or white, there is an all-black option.

Two Boa dials deal with fine fit adjustment, and the shaped tongue is reinforced to counteract pressure from the wires, with a Velcro patch ensuring it stays centred. Perforations on both sides provide additional ventilation, and the heel liner includes anti-slip rubberised dots.

Shorter, wider fit

DMT advises going down by half a size from your normal shoes, they are available in sizes 37-47. Our size 44.5 pair weighed an impressive 583g. Compared to many of our usual size 45 shoes, the R1s are a little shorter in length, but slightly wider than previous DMTs, which should suit more feet.

The supplied footbed is a minimally thin fabric-topped foam number that follows the sole’s anatomical profile. The sculpted arches offer good support, and the soles are as stiff as you could want them to be. With summer socks on, the ventilation wasn’t that noticeable, and even after our second dry ride, the black inners had stained our socks.

Foot security is very good, with fine adjustment coming from the Boa dials, and no heel slippage. We were able to dial in good upper solidity without squashing our fairly wide feet, and although a little pressure was felt through the tongue, it wasn’t a problem.

Hard climbs and sprints were efficiently dealt with and long ride comfort was very good, thanks to the fit, and some internal padding, but this also limits the R1’s cooling ability.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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