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Bontrager GR2 gravel bike shoes lace-up classic style and modern tech

2020 Bontrager GR2 lace-up gravel bike shoes
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Purpose-built for gravel road riding, the new Bontrager GR2 gravel shoes are the latest to mix on road performance with off-road capability. As gravel continues to grow in popularity, more companies are shifting what we used to call cross-country mountain bike shoes into the new groad market.

2020 Bontrager GR2 lace-up gravel bike shoes

2020 Bontrager GR2 lace-up gravel bike shoes
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From the first gravel-specific shoes we’ve ridden, the message remains clear – gravel bike shoes need to mix the pedaling efficiency of a road or even XC race shoe, with a comfortable fit and real off-the-bike walkability. That’s the idea behind the new Bontrager GR2 gravel shoes, adding in a durable upper design to make them adventure-friendly too – ready “for the groad less traveled”.

GR2 gravel – Tech details

2020 Bontrager GR2 lace-up gravel bike shoes

The GR2 shoes don’t look to be revolutionary, but a solid mix of performance and value from a trusted brand. The shoes are made from a durable, perforated synthetic upper with rubberized GnarGuard toe & heel scruff protection, and use simple and traditional lacing.

2020 Bontrager GR2 lace-up gravel bike shoes

Small details boost usability, like the elastic loop to keep laces out of your chain and a webbing loop on the heel designed to hang the shoes for quick drying.

2020 Bontrager GR2 lace-up gravel bike shoes

Bontrager says their fit leans towards the roomy side with an ‘inForm Race last’ to provide year-round comfort. They get a reinforced Bronze-level nylon composite sole for balanced stiffness, rated a 6 of 14 on Bontrager’s index. A grippy Tachyon rubber outsole with screw-in toe spikes should offer all-terrain traction.

Bontrager GR2 gravel shoes – Pricing & availability

2020 Bontrager GR2 lace-up gravel bike shoes

The Bontrager GR2 gravel shoes have a claimed weight of 418g (per size 42 shoe) and come in either black or ‘Old Style’ gold – available from 36-48 & half sizes from 38-46. The shoes retail for $140 and are available direct online, or through Trek dealers around the world now. The come with the Unconditional Bontrager Guarantee, so test ride them worry-free for 30 days and return them if you aren’t totally satisfied.

Bontrager Foray mountain bike shoes, gravel shoes with a twist

Bontrager Foray mountain bike shoes, gravel shoes with a twist

Like the look and spec of the GR2, but would rather have a more modern look and closure system? The new Bontrager Foray mountain bike shoes share all of the same construction details, from synthetic upper to the 6/14 outsole, but swap in single Boa L6 dial retention and one velcro strap to secure your foot. The $150 Foray is available in four colors, ranging from subtle black to ‘Radioactive’ yellow with Waterloo blue accents.

TrekBikes.com

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2 years ago

The return of touring shoes. I like it.

larry
larry
2 years ago

I like the looks, but in no way are they “classic” in appearance.

OriginalMV
OriginalMV
2 years ago

$10 more for a BOA dial and velcro? I’ll take that deal any day of the week. I refuse to deal with laces anymore. I’m an adult now.

Warner Yuen
Warner Yuen
2 years ago
Reply to  OriginalMV

I see what you did there! 😉

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