San Diego, CA
Ive been wearing these shoes for a couple of weeks now. I got them for trials riding because my weak and flexible Pumas werent cutting it.
When I first opened up the box and tried the shoes on, I thought to myself, shit, these look like clown shoes. They looked kind of bulky and very white with a sprinkling of ugliness. My first impressions of the performance of the shoes were mixed since I usually felt a sharp point against the top of each foot where the tongue of the shoes ended. I realized the only way to fix this was to either get used to the mild pain or simply not tighten the laces as much. Im now used to riding with a looser fitting shoe, but I do wish I could tighten these up more without having to deal with the mild pain. The shoes do provide a stable platform and offer good grip when paired with my Echo pedals. Also, now that the shoes have gotten scuffed up and a bit dirty, they look less like clown shoes. :-)
Shimano, if youre listening, stop making all white bike shoes and put more effort into style and looks.
I've had these on my 2007 Echo Control trials bike for a couple of weeks now. Like the name implies, these grips definitely lock on to your bars. I haven't had any slippage. I feel like the grips are part of the handlebars. They also look great on the bike.
Having said that, the low profile of the rubber compound means your hands take a beating. I wear Fox Dirt Paw gloves and after a session of riding my palms by my thumbs feel very tenderized. The plus side of this is that you really feel your bike. Like theres a direct link between your hands and the bars.
Lastly, the aluminum collets on either side of each grip that provide the lock feature are a bit obtrusive. Since the socket head cap screws that thread into each collet arent completely recessed, theyll stick out and hit parts of your hands unless you rotate them away from your range of motion. Its annoying, but rotating them away works pretty well.
4/5 Stars. Id buy these again.