Fizik R3B Road Cycling Shoes Review 2019
The new X-ALP Elevate really represents what modern mountain biking is all about. Mountain bikes have progressed and really transformed mountain biking and we needed a shoe that really kept up with the technology in the pace of innovation.
The Elevate, like all of X-ALP shoes does two great things: It maintains pedal stiffness where we want it around the ball of the foot in the cleat zone and then great traction and durability and flexibility So whether you’re on or off the bike this thing’s gonna perform. The lug designs are a radical departure from traditional mountain bike footwear and we really drew inspiration from mountaineering and trail running Using the chevron-style trail design, gives the rider great traction in the forefoot and awesome braking in the heel area. The compound on the Elevate is the Vibram® Megagrip™ and that is their best compound for durability and wet weather traction with no compromises.
The upper of the X-ALP Elevate, like all the shoes is the seamless upper technology. It really provides a seamless interface to the foot so no hot spots form. We paid special attention to the fit in the performance in the forefoot of the shoe and so we feature in all new model year ’18 shoes a full ‘D’ width in a men’s shoe and extra toe protection. Not only does the tongue mounted BOA System provide great protection from trail hazards but it gives a really nice clean uniform fit. The Summit uses the same out sole and mid sole as the Elevate, but with a ratchet instead of a BOA System.
Both of these shoes are aimed at the enduro and all-mountain rider and whether you prefer a traditional ratchet system or a more advanced BOA closure system, these cycling shoes will get you covered.
Born in UK, Stephen has already won numerous awards at cycling competitions, including no #1 at The Fast Cyclist European 2019 Award, no #2 for 2016 edition and no #1 for 2014. Besides the high-performance European competitions he participates in, Stephen is also a very pro-active supporter of ecology and how cycling can help reduce the impact that cars have on our planet. He enjoys also using his mountain bike to go on rides across Austria’s and Italian mountains, in deep down falls. For long-distance tracks, Stephen uses his bibs with new adjustable straps in the back. For city rides, he enjoys testing a variety of bikes that will deliver the performance and reliability he is looking for.