Bontrager Velocis shoes review

The Bontrager Velocis shoes are brand new from the American brand, and aim to offer rounded performance without an eye-watering price-tag.

bontrager velocis shoes
(Image credit: mike prior)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Bontrager Velocis shoes are well-balanced shoes with a carbon composite sole that achieve a good balance between stiffness and comfort. What's more they also look great and offer a good level of adjustability to helpt you achieve the perfect fit.

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    Well-balanced sole

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    Good looks

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    Highly adjustable

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    Ventilation could be improved

Although you can spend a lot more than £169.99 on a pair of cycling shoes, but I’m not sure why you would when these brand new Bontrager Velocis shoes offer such a compelling package.

These shoes may only have a rating of 10 on Bontrager’s “stiffness index” (compared to the 14 of the high-end XXX Road shoes), but I was still very impressed by the performance of the carbon/fibreglass composite sole. It may not offer the same stiffness of real top-end shoes, but it's at least on a par with similarly-priced shoes such as the Giro Trans. This makes these shoes stiff enough for racing at a decent level, but not to the point of giving discomfort on longer, more relaxed rides.

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Comfort is also improved by the level of adjustment offered by the single Boa dial at the top of the Bontrager Velocis shoes. A little surprisingly for the price, this is the top level Boa dial, meaning that you can both tighten and loosen the shoes incrementally, as well as pulling it out to release the laces completely.

Bontrager velocis shoes sole

The carbon/fibreglass composire sole is stiff enough for racing, but without being uncomfortable
(Image credit: mike prior)

This means it is easy to achieve a perfect fit, with the Velcro strap lower down the shoe keeping the ball of your foot glued to the footbed, greatly improving power transfer.

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I also really liked the appearance of these shoes. Available in white, black, or (errr) pink, they certainly look like they belong to a much higher price bracket, with the synthetic uppers having the look of leather, but being very easy to wipe clean after a ride - always an important consideration with white shoes.

The only thing I would like to see improved is the ventilation. Although the tongue is perforated and there are two small vents sitting just above your toes, this is not enough for hotter days, and I certainly found my feet got very warm when wearing the Bontrager Velocis shoes on hotter rides in foreign climes.

For more details visit the Bontrager website.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.