Bontrager Circuit shoes review

The Bontrager Circuit shoes provide high-end features at a modest price

Bontrager Circuit
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Bontrager Circuit shoes provide a quality offer for their price. The sole’s structure makes it relatively stiff, despite not being made of carbon. The shoe is also quite light and benefits from a precisely adjustable Boa closure, but I did find the ankle front opening uncomfortable.

Reasons to buy
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    Boa dial upper closure gives precise adjustment

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    Stiff sole

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Reasons to avoid
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    Upper is uncomfortable across the front of the ankle

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Trek’s component and apparel range Bontrager makes a range of shoes, including the budget Bontrager Circuit. But although it’s at the lower end of the road shoe range, it still packs in a lot of high end features.

Unusually for a budget shoe, the Bontrager Circuit is closed by an upper Boa strap. It’s an L6 model, so whereas more expensive IP1 Boas both tighten and loosen the upper by turning the dial, you need to pull the L6 dial out to loosen it. It still ratchets closed in small increments, for easy tightening though.

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