Fizik Tempo Decos Carbon review - a great all-rounder with head-turning colours

The Italian brand does it again with high-quality kicks that fit straight out of the box

Image shows the Fizik Tempo Decos carbon shoes
(Image credit: Adam Jones)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Sleek, stylish and sophisticated, the Tempo Decos Carbon epitomises Italian flair and engineering. Lightweight, yet supremely stiff, narrow but instantly comfortable and with no pinch-points, you’re getting thoroughbred performance every time you clip in.

Reasons to buy
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    Simple, uncluttered, elegant design

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    Excellent, true-to-size fit

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    Easy, in-ride adjustment

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    Four colour choices

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    No pre-moulding required

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    Vented upper plus air intake and exhaust port keep your feet sweet

Reasons to avoid
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    Only one Boa dial at this price point

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Launched in Spring 2022, Fizik's Tempo Decos Carbon shoes are pitched at serious amateur road riders and come with claims pertaining to an ambitiously wide range of attributes.

Whereas some of the very best road cycling shoes are designed with a laser-guided specificity, doing one thing very, very well, the Tempo Decos Carbon are supposed to offer all-day comfort during long rides in the high mountains whilst also being equally at home in a full-gas crit. 

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Adam Jones

I first got into cycling by watching Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the mid-80s. Those hour-long updates over three weeks were like a gateway drug to the teenage me, along with poring over the race reports in Cycling Weekly.

I cycled as a student, revelling in the freedom riding a bike gave me, but after moving to London in the early 90s, a string of near misses convinced me to park the bike and follow other interests. After falling off a horse in 2014, I took up cycling again as part of my physical rehab and that was it.

Hooked again. Since then, I’ve taken part in events like the Roubaix Challenge and DeeJay 100 Gran Fondo in Milan and become a regular competitor in local time trials. A (pro) kit obsessive, I have an entire wardrobe on my landing devoted to clothing, shoes and helmets, while drawers and shelves elsewhere in the house are stuffed with other cycling paraphernalia; sunglasses, sportive medals, a replica cobble and books galore.