The new breed.
Warning: if you upgrade to the Fi'zi:k R1B Uomo Boa Shoe, there's a good chance you'll be so spoiled by the sumptuous uppers and irresistibly second-skin fit that you'll never be able to go back to another shoe. That being said, if you have a penchant for clean, minimal aesthetics and pro-level functionality, you'll have a hard time finding fault with the R1B Uomo. As the top-of-the-line shoe from a brand that prides itself on simplicity over excessive extras, the R1B Uomo relies on fit and high-end materials to become an indispensable part of kit.
This year, Fi'zi:k replaced last year's kangaroo leather uppers with its trusted microtex material. If you're a loyal R1B fan, don't worry; the synthetic material has already earned its stripes on Fi'zi:k's extensive line of saddles and other shoes, so rest assured that it's worthy of a shoe of the R1B's caliber. With an asymmetrical cut and dual Boa dials providing limitless potential for fit adjustment, the shoes' one-piece uppers will wrap around your feet in a way not unlike the post-ride burrito you dream about to get you through your last climb of the day. Plus, Fi'zi:k took the time to carve tiny, precise pinpricks throughout the shoes' uppers to let the shoes, and your feet, breathe on hot days.
Fi'zi:k didn't stop there either. Other fit details, like an adjustable heel cup for more consistent power transfer and Fi'zi:k's careful Volume Control design work to achieve a nearly custom fit that goes beyond simpler, less precise models. Along the bottom, a uni-directional carbon fiber sole anchors the shoe, promising the kind of snappy power transfer that has earned the R1B Uomo its well-deserved presence in the peloton. Take a closer look at the soles and you'll notice a complex, and meticulous arrangement of vents, capably managing airflow without inhibiting your aerodynamic efficiency.
- Carbon-soled, top-of-the-line road cycling shoe
- Highly durable, ventilated synthetic uppers
- Adjustable heel cup improves power transfer
- Streamlined, next-to-skin fit from dual Boa dials
- Stiff, responsive carbon sole with cooling vents
- Fizik designs show artful restraint and uncompromising fit
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- Q & A
- Fit: True to size
When it comes to shoes I have serious issues. If there is the littlest imperfection in the fit it finds a way to explode onto my foot somewhere. Having fought plantar fasciitis a few years ago I have learned the hard way that one of the most important pieces of equipment for a rider is undoubtedly shoes. The new fizik R1B is not only one of the most comfortable cycling shoes I have worn, but one of the most comfortable shoes I have worn.
fizk calls it Volume Control technology with some micro-adjustable Boa IP1 closure controls...I call it a comfortable shoe.
As soon I slide my foot in I knew it was going to be a good fit, even without putting in my own insoles. Surprisingly the insoles are really good with a good amount of arch support and dense cushion. Nothing a hate more than spending a few hundred dollars on shoes and the first I do is throw them away. Not saying these shoes will work for you, everyone is different when it comes to shoes, but I have worn a lot of different shoes and these are at the top of list right now. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions and/or concerns about fit.
Size Purchased: 42.5
For reference I wear a Specialized 42.5, Shimano 42.5, Giro 43, Adidas 42-¾, Nike 42.5, Sidi 42 / 42.5
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Beautiful Shoe that Breathes well
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
I've been very pleased with the R1Bs so far, and the best compliment that i can give is that most of the time i don't really notice that they're there. That's something that I can't say for a lot of shoes that i've tried.... I will say that these shoes seem to run big and whereas I was a size 42 in the Sidi Wire Airs (8.5 US men's), I am a 41 in the R1s.
What took so long?
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Size Bought: 44.5
This is the 21st Century and only recently with my purchase of the R1B have I finally found a shoe that fits and fits so comfortably. I have been using Sidi's for years mainly because that's what everyone recommends for a top end shoe. I got my shoes and wore them for about a hour then decided the fit was pretty good so I installed a new set of Look cleats then after several mounts and dismounts on the bike to get the cleats dialed in I rode a route on my Tacx trainer for some mileage to see if I'd get hot spots or any discomfort. I can say I'm very pleased with my purchase so far. I don't think I would ever go back to velcro straps again. I think the BOA Dials are great and I really like them. The look and design of the R1B is something I like too, no huge white logo that turns yellow over time. I only hope they wear well but only time and use are going to tell me that. I read in most of the reviews I found that people have found heal grip to be a concern but I am not getting any slip, in fact my heal slips in my used Sidis more. The thing I did like about the Sidis is the replaceable parts which have been replaced alot. I hope I don't have that same experience with the R1B. I was concerned about what fit size to order. I measured my foot standing on a piece of paper and it measured 11 inches. I wear an 11 US size shoe. I wear a 45 Sidi shoe. I ordered the Fizik's in a 44.5. They fit great and are wide enough for my feet and toes. Sidis were narrow and the mega's too wide. I'm not trying to knock Sidi here but I seem to have difficult feet to make happy in a cycling shoe, so with that said, I would say the R1B has been a purchase that I am glad I decided to go with and worth the price paid.
Best Road shoe yet
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 43/White
Fit 5, stiffness 5, quality 5, lightness 5 and the shoe breathes so well! I live in Palm Springs, CA and always looking for a shoe that has good ventilation this one fills the bill in spades!!! Also, great styling and clean lines (see my comment to Rob B)!
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
I am a road cyclist who rides almost every day. I've been riding a 2012 pair of Specialized S-Works shoes for the last 4 years but the time has come to retire them and move on. I loved the look of the Fizik shoes and read positive reviews and decided to take a shot.
The shoes came today and I love the look in person. Very sleek, and nice. The Boa dials are much better than my old ones and I really liked the pop up quick release feature. You can fine tune the fit with the dials as well (both tighter and looser). Very easy to get on and off.
The upper material felt great. It wraps around your foot nicely and feels soft but snug at the same time. Compared to my S-Works shoes there was more room in the toe box. This is a plus to me.
Overall the fit felt really nice. The sole feels about as stiff as the S-Works and the placement of the Boa dials makes the shoe feel nice and snug and gave me the feeling that the shoe really wrapped around my foot. At this point I really liked the shoe. It felt like it was of really high quality, the upper material is awesome, supportive but soft.
The deal breaker came with the heal. Simply put, I could not stop my heel from slipping. Not just a little but a quite a bit. I cranked the Boa dials down as firm as I could - so much so that after a few minutes I could feel the pressure point of each dial on the side of my foot and it started to cause my foot to fall asleep but I could not stop my heel from slipping.
I really wanted to like these shoes and they got 3 out of 4 areas right for me but the heel issue means I'm sending them back. Overall I would say if the heel works for you these would be an awesome pair of shoes. The upper is far superior in feel to the S-Works and the sole is nice and stiff. Fix the heal and I'd probably be a customer for a long time.
These new R1B's look very nice indeed. How is the midfoot width? Narrow like regular Sidi? Or wider? Anyone tried them on?
I have regular Sidi and have tried these on. The midfoot width is similar to a regular Sidi. Much longer though. About one full size longer. So if you are a 43 Sidi I would go with at least a 42 Fizik.