Fizik R1B Uomo shoes review

The Fizik R1B Uomo shoes are the Italian brand's top the range cycling shoes and the choice of Geraint Thomas

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Fizik R1B Uomo shoes are exquistite and stunningly beautiful shoes that are alse very comfortable, stiff and pretty light. They are very expensive though and not the easist to wipe clean, so budget for some shoe covers.

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    Stiff

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    Look beautiful

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    Comfortable

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    Expensive

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    Not as easy to clean as others

The previous Fizik Uomo R1 shoes, with its carbon ratchet was a beautiful and supremely comfy shoe, but it had a few issues. Namely they were really heavy and had an upper that was far too soft, meaning that they weren't very efficient when sprinting. The old R1 was a great shoe, just not ideal for racing and most Fizik sponsored professional riders chose the lower model, the Fizik R3B over the original R1.

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The R1B features a new carbon sole and two Boa dials

The R1B features a new carbon sole and two Boa dials

By comparison the Fizik R1B Uomo shoes have gone on a considerable diet and now weigh just 275g per shoe compared with 340g a shoe for the R3B and over 400g for the old R1. This loss in weight is noticeable, although it is worth pointing out that that Fizik R1B Uomo shoes still weigh 70g more than the Giro Empire SLX, which also costs £50 less.

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The 'B' in name refers to the new closure system - two Boa dials, which in addition to tightening and fastening the shoe as normal allow you to adjust the volume of the upper to further optimize fit – good design.

A close up of the Boa Dials and perforations. The lower dial is useful for adjusting forefoot volume.

A close up of the Boa Dials and perforations. The lower dial is useful for adjusting forefoot volume.

So how to do the Fizik R1B Uomo shoes perform on the road? Philippe Gilbert and Geraint Thomas seem to love them and I can understand why. They are as stiff as you like and certainly a shoe up to the demands of racing. I initially experienced some discomfort while wearing them, but after a couple of long rides I found the high quality leather of the uppers broke in and the Fizik R1B shoes have subsequently become slippers.

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I normally wear 45 in cycling shoes and found that to be no different in this case. Perhaps the biggest selling point though is the looks. These shoes are absolutely beautiful, probably the nicest looking non custom shoes you can buy, but, they are very expensive and don’t wipe clean as easily as the Giro Empire SLX. For this reason I would save them for best days if you want to keep them looking great.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.