DMT KR1 review

DMT supports some big names in cycling like Elia Viviani, but does the new DMT KR1 knitted shoe perform as well as non-knitted race shoes?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

I like the DMT KR1 shoes, a performance-led knitted shoe. Although, I'm not entirely convinced they would be better than a more traditionally made cycling shoe when it comes to racing.

Reasons to buy
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Reasons to avoid
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    Upper support

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    Foot movement

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    Boa dial can pinch at the top of the foot

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Knitted shoes are the latest trend in cycling with the likes of Fizik and Giro tripping over each other to be the first to launch at Eurobike a year or so ago. Italian brand DMT wasn't too far behind with its latest performance shoe offering, the DMT KR1.

You would think knitting wasn't an ideal method of construction for the best cycling shoes but knitted trainers have been around for a few years now – the cycling industry tends to be about four years behind the mainstream – and I haven't heard many complaining about them.

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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.