Verdict from 8 experts and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Fizik R5B is very comfortable, according to the majority of its reviewers.
  • Plenty of consumers think that this road cycling shoe has excellent value for money.
  • Most cyclists find this pair's design to be good-looking.
  • The R5B's BOA dials are easy to use and provide a secure fit, according to quite a number of wearers.
  • Some testers attest to this model's adequate performance on the bike.
  • A handful of owners say that this pair's quality lies in materials and construction.
  • It is lightweight, according to a few users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Most riders who are used to race-level stiff shoes find this Fizik road shoe to have a bit of flex.
  • An expert claims that he experienced hot spots on the side of his feet.

Bottom line

The R5B is the Italian brand's entry-level road shoe offering. It is coveted for its high-end look, slipper-like comfort, easy to use retention system, performance on the bike, and affordable price.

If you are after an adequately stiff road bike shoe that ticks most of the important features without having to break the bank, the Fizik R5B could be a really good buy.

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Who is it for? The entry-level Fizik R5B road bike shoes are 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

This pair's budget-friendly price could appeal to individuals who don't want to cash out a significant amount.

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.

Lightweight and enough rigidity. This pair employs carbon-reinforced nylon soles, which yields comfortable and adequate power transfer. It is also durable and could withstand dynamic pedaling motions.

Traction. Sole rubber pads help keep the wearer stable and upright in slippery areas where they have to mount off the bike.

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.

Durable and breathable. 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.

Reflective. 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.

  • 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 names mean BOA. This is added to separate it from its predecessor called the R5, which distinctively features Velcro straps.


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