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Bontrager X-X-X Road Cycling Shoe combines stiffness and flex for top-tier comfort

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Bontrager just announced a new top-tier shoe for road, the X-X-X Road Cycling Shoe. Combining their stiffest OCLV carbon soles with strategically placed flex zones in the shoe’s upper, it aims for the best of both worlds in power transfer and comfort. It also adds the Dual IP1 Boa dial system for precise micro-adjustment and fit.

All images courtesy Trek.

2020 Bontrager X-X-X Road Cycling Shoe

Bontrager has been improving their shoe line for many years now, offering a variety of prices and performance levels. Don’t get confused by the new name, however, as Bontrager previously sold a shoe called the “XXX Road Shoe” – while the new model is called the XXX Road Cycling Shoe.

The new X-X-X kicks use Bontrager’s inForm Pro last for an ergonomic fit, along with 100% OCLV carbon soles with a stiffness index of 14 (out of a total 14). They’ll smoke or catch fire if you look at them too long – look away!

The asymmetric lace system uses Dual IP1 Boa dials with Superior Form TX lace routing to help take pressure off the top of your foot while allowing for a more secure fit.

Weight comes in at 261 grams for size 42. The size range covers 36 – 48, with half sizes from 38 – 46. No wide sizes will be offered at this time.

Three color options are available for the X-X-X Road Cycling Shoe – navy, white, and black. All options are available now for a list price of $399.99, and are covered by the Unconditional Bontrager Guarantee.

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blahblahblah
blahblahblah
3 years ago

whats worse than a white shoe? a black shoe , whats worse than a black shoe? a white one

Seraph
Seraph
3 years ago
Reply to  blahblahblah

Nothing wrong with black shoes, unless you’re racist.

Now white shoes on the other hand…

D
D
3 years ago
Reply to  Seraph

Will never go back to white shoes. Had a set of lakes 2 weeks into ownership got rained on and they looked terrible. Have Black S Works 6 shoes for 3-4 years now and they look brand new despite riding in them through winter, rain storms, sleet, a broken clavicle, and a broken shoulder etc.

Morten Reippuert Knudsen
Morten Reippuert Knudsen
3 years ago

Shooes are black, socks are white (to begin with). everything else is jus wrong

Dirty Sanchez
Dirty Sanchez
3 years ago

These look awesome…..but again no wides. Half the shoes I sell now are Lake wides because most of these shoe companies make shoes too damn small. It’s frustrating.

mtbinavl
mtbinavl
3 years ago

Shoes designed to look good on the shelf instead of fit a person’s foot. No thanks.

Marc Smith
Marc Smith
3 years ago

Bont shoes have a huge arch and if you are a shimano fan you will generally hate them. Hopefully that has changed.

TheStansMonster
TheStansMonster
3 years ago
Reply to  Marc Smith

You missed the “rager”.

TheKaiser
TheKaiser
3 years ago
Reply to  Marc Smith

Do you mean Bontrager shoes have a huge arch? Or do you actually mean Bont and it’s a non sequitur?

Hexsense
Hexsense
3 years ago
Reply to  Marc Smith

Smith,
Do you actually mean Bont, and not Bontrager?
Bont is a really well known brand for very low stack height shoes by using thin lower plate but gain stiffness from side wall of bath tub sole design. Sometime bath tub shape doesn’t fit your feet, so it needs to be heat molded to reshape.

Bontrager’s shoe is very generic.

Marc Smith
Marc Smith
3 years ago
Reply to  Hexsense

I meant Bontrager.

myles
3 years ago

I moved from years of getting stiffer and stiffer shoes to nylon. No more stiffness index. Now smile index. Cheaper shoe, more comfort, no foot cramps .

coreying
coreying
3 years ago

It’s just “XXX” not “X-X-X”. Trek have had XXX products for years to indicate the absolute best and/or lightest products in their range… from shoes, to stems, to wheels, to saddles etc. But it’s just XXX !

Dirk Diggler
Dirk Diggler
3 years ago
Reply to  Greg Kopecky

Damn, I was looking for Keith Bontrager doing porno, foiled again….

wunnspeed
3 years ago

I was a big fan of the weird versions of Red to Pink that Bonty used on the XXX shoes for year.

RB
RB
3 years ago

I guess by the pics they are “sumokin'” Where is the imagination in advertising??
I’m in the market for some new ride kicks. I’d take white and the opportunity to create something original with a little leather paint. I imagine the heat from the road in our area would produce some intense heat on my feet.

A little peroxide and soap and those white babies will gleam!

Pedro Tavares Nicodemos Filho
Pedro Tavares Nicodemos Filho
3 years ago

The white shoes are extremely beautiful, but they would not stay clean and beautiful fot too much time … fortunately there are the black ones.

I don’t fell well whith road bike shoes, because it’s hard to walk on it. I use to ride with mountain bike shoes, and I tryed LOOK S-TRACK pedals, but they dismantled twice times and I give up. I’ll try SPEEDPLAY XYZR titanium pedals if I could get them.

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