Who is it for? Due to this pair’s versatile design, this bike shoe appeals to different types of cyclists. Its SPD cleat design is recommended for road cyclists who prefer SPD for walkability.
Moreover, commuters and MTB riders who are looking for a stiffer alternative can also benefit from this shoe.
What is it good for? Apart from road cycling, the Espresso’s use of two-bolt mountain bike shoe style recessed cleat system and rubber outsole works excellently for spinning classes, gravel, touring, and trail rides as well.
Adequate rigidity. Providing the essential rigidity for power transfer are the glass-reinforced internal nylon plates. The Bont Espresso has a rating of 6 out of 14 in the brand’s stiffness index chart. This means that it offers moderate stiffness along a bit of flex.
Traction. The grip is governed by a Tachyon rubber outsole, which is made from 100% rubber. This helps in keeping the wearer upright on smooth surfaces.
This shoe features a two-bolt cleat system. Some of the pedals you can try are Shimano PD-M8120 XT SPD, Time Speciale 8, and Look Cycle X-Track En-Rage Plus.
Adjustments. This model employs a Velcro strap and a single BOA IP1 dial for its retention system. The strap is responsible for the lockdown of the forefoot area, while the BOA dial tightens the midfoot and top-most area of the foot.
The BOA IP1 dial offers a two-way adjustment: tighten and loosen in increments. It also offers an instant release function for easier on and off.
Comfort. The shoe’s upper is crafted from 56.9% PU, 10.5% Polyester, 32.2% Nylon, and 0.4% Steel. This yields a flexible yet supportive fit that aids in power transfer while maintaining comfort.
The inner lining prevents chafing and is made of 100% Polyester.
The Bontrager Espresso features the brands proprietary inForm Race last. According to Bontrager, this last type offers a slightly roomier fit for enhanced comfort.