dhb Dorica Carbon cycling shoes review

Style and substance are both in abundance here, with a carbon sole underpinning a classy lace-up design – and at an incredibly competitive price

dhb Dorica shoes
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A full carbon sole at this price is going to make the dhb Dorica Carbon almost unbeatable in this category, and the rest of the shoe backs it up well. The lack of crispness at the heel – both in look and feel – is the only thing stopping these shoes from scoring a perfect 10.

Reasons to buy
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    Full carbon sole

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Reasons to avoid
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    Heel cup needs tightening up

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The dhb Dorica blends a retro lace-up aesthetic with a modern carbon-fibre sole, as pioneered by Giro with the highly acclaimed Empire. While the Dorica can’t be expected to deliver the same level of performance as the Empire, which costs three times the price, it’s up there with the very best cycling shoes in the sub-£100 pen.

dhb Dorica Carbon: construction

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.