Who should buy the Fizik R5B
The Fizik R5B is the Italian brand's entry-level road shoe offering. It is an excellent choice for:
- Beginner cyclists who are fond of good-looking apparel
- Seasoned riders who love going on leisurely road sessions; hence uber stiff soles are not necessary.
What makes it different?
The Fizik R5B stands out in terms of its features-to-price ratio. The shoe employs features commonly found in high-end shoes such as BOA closures, adequately stiff soles, Microtex upper, and sleek design.
Excellent power transfer and adequate power transfer
This pair employs carbon-reinforced nylon soles, which yield comfortable and adequate power transfer. It is also durable and could withstand dynamic pedaling motions.
Sole rubber pads help keep the wearer stable and upright in slippery areas where they have to mount off the bike.
3-bolt road cleat system
The Fizik R5B features the traditional 3-bolt road cleat system. Some of the pedals that can go with this footgear are Shimano R550 SPD-SL, Look Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic Pedal, and Wellgo R096.
Markings are also provided to serve as a guide in precise cleat positioning.
Lightweight and waterproof
The R5B is crafted with a laser-perforated, seamless Microtex upper. This material is usually used for the brand's saddle covers. It is claimed to be lighter than leather, lasting, and good in wet conditions.
Materials that reflect light are integrated throughout the upper to make riding in low-light conditions safer and more secure. It also enhances the shoe's overall style that's sure to get the attention of fellow riders.
Easy to use retention system
This pair employs the BOA IP1 dial and Velcro for its closure. The BOA IP1 dial provides a high level of customization thanks to its tri-modal function. The tri-modal dial offers three adjusting ways: it can be tightened and loosened in increments and can be fully released in an instant as well. The micro Velcro strap, on the other hand, governs the forefoot section and can be adjusted while on the go.
Nice to know
- The Fizik R5B is available in Uomo and Donna versions. Uomo means man in Italian, while Donna means woman.
- The 'B' in this pair's official name means BOA. This is added to separate it from its predecessor called the R5, which distinctively features Velcro straps.