Bont has managed to fit much of the technology from its top end shoes into the well-priced and great performaning Bont Riots.
The Bont Riot is cheapest road shoe from the Australian comoany, yet for under £100 you still get distinctive styling, heat-mouldable technology, and a carbon sole. The Riot has a microfibre upper, with perforations and mesh inserts for plenty of breathability.
There’s also a clever and elegant retention system, comprising a ratchet-based upper fastener and a single Z-shaped Velcro strap covering the lower part of the foot — thus saving a little bit of weight and effort. They’re pretty light too, for this price point, giving away just 40g to their senior partner the Vaypor.
Although Bont is happy to label the Riot as its entry-level shoe — and the price places it towards the top of that sector — it has all the characteristics of a race shoe, in terms of performance and comfort.
The fit is snug relative to the size, because it’s designed to mould to the shape of your feet. The Riot is also extremely stiff — the sole is designed not to yield, offering maximum power transfer. This, combined with a relatively thin insole, mean you can really feel the pedals as you ride — not at all a bad thing, of course, but worth bearing in mind if you’re prioritising comfort.
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The Bont Riots are stiff, light and breathable and have all the characteristics of a race shoe but without the top-end price-point.