Quoc is upping their performance game again with the new Night Mono – a lightweight synthetic full-carbon road shoe promising race-ready efficiency and a customizable fit. Quoc have grown their performance shoe line-up continuously since we got a sneak peek at their first carbon-soled, lace-up road shoes three years ago, up until their well-received gravel shoes last year. These latest are a culmination of race-ready tech and all-day comfort.
Quoc Night Mono adaptable fit, full carbon road shoes
Quoc’s overall brand concept continues to be a blend of simple, classic aesthetics and modern performance. Moving away from natural leather for their top-level shoes, the new Night Mono is the latest to take the more modern approach.
Night Mono – tech details
The heart of the new road shoes is a full UD carbon sole for stiffer, even more efficient power transfer than the carbon composite sole in the original Night. Laid up by hand, the new 3-bolt sole includes a front toe vent, a replaceable heel tread block, and claims a stiffness index of 13.
Paired to the new stiffer carbon sole is a one-piece aero-patterned, heat-welded synthetic upper with laser cut, mesh backed ventilation holes, reflective heel detailing, and a reinforced rubber toe bumper.
Closure is handled by three velcro-like straps across the midfoot. I say like velcro, because the new Bolt Straps don’t actually appear to be hook & loop, but rather use a honeycomb-like grid of studs & tubes more like a Lego brick. Quoc says they are secure, long lasting, and don’t make noise like velcro.
Those Bolt Straps also offer a unique solution for adaptable high or low-volume fit, with adjustable buckles at the middle & upper straps. Cyclists can customize the fit across the midfoot by moving the buckles, the point where the straps pull across the shoe, without ending up with a long section of strap flapping loose.
Inside a Natural Fit insole is designed to continue delivering comfort with three levels of customizable arch support (3,6 & 9mm) via inserts.
At 250g (for one shoe, UK size 8.5) these are the lightest shoes Quoc has ever made – more than 10% lighter than the lace up Nights. There are still plenty of shoes out there now that are 100g or more lighter, but Quoc continues to evolve some interesting options for the cyclist looking for something a little different.
Pricing & availability
The new Night Mono shoes are selling for £285 in either all black or all white (guessing monochrome is where the name comes from vs. the more colorful option on the original Nights?) The shoes actually aren’t available yet, now being pre-ordered direct from Quoc with July 2019 estimated availability. The one benefit to buying early though, if you pay up before June 30, Quoc will toss in a pair for light Coolmax Mono Road socks for free too when the shoes are ready to ship.