Fizik R1 road shoes review£299.99

Slim, stylish shoes, as used by David Millar

BikeRadar score4/5

The Fizik R1 is David Millar’s shoe of choice, and is appropriately stylish.

The shoes feature a slim shape with a reasonably narrow last and very supple kangaroo leather uppers that have plenty of give. This can make them a little difficult to tighten, so you might need a smaller size than usual.

The ratcheting buckle’s carbon lever is stiff, but its pivot feels quite unstable, requiring some care to operate, and it’s fairly proud of the uppers too. The sailcloth Velcro straps are simple to grab and adjust, but when tightened they can cause a crease beside the tongue.

The T700 carbon sole is super rigid and feels efficient when under pressure, with a heat-malleable Sidas 3D Flex footbed for support, and grippy leather heel liner. Ventilation is pretty good, with plenty of mesh panels and large perforations, and the generously long tongue is wide and cushioned.

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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