Who should buy the Giro Republic R Knit

The Giro Republic R Knit is a road bike shoe recommended to cyclists who value the following features:

  • Timeless, sleek style
  • Breathable shoe
  • Soles that are not race-level stiff
  • Versatile function

Giro Republic R Knit Logo

Excellent rigidity and power transfer

The Republic R Knit employs an injected nylon outsole that delivers enough rigidity and power transfer. Co-molded rubber pads provide traction for slippery surfaces. Midfoot scuff guards are also applied for added durability and protection of soles against scuffs.

Giro Republic R Knit Outsole

Giro Republic R Knit's cleat system

The Giro Republic R Knit features the two-bolt cleat system. Some of the pedals that work with this shoe are Shimano M8020, Crank Brother Doubleshot Hybrid, and Pedaling Innovations Catalyst.

Giro Republic R Knit Cleat system

Excellent ventilation and toe protection

This pair upper is crafted from a one-piece Xnetic Knit upper with an internal TPU skeletal system for a supportive fit sans the seam rubbing and chafing. The knit upper also allows excellent airflow, making it an ideal midsummer bike shoe. Rubber toe guards and bonded TPU heels offer toe protection against light bumps and rock strikes. It also helps keep the foot from sliding around inside the shoe.

Giro Republic R Knit Toe protection

Tried-and-tested lockdown fit

The Republic R Knit utilizes Empire laces, which offer a tried-and-tested lockdown fit. Metal eyelets are also used to enhance durability and help keep laces in place. A garter lace loop is strategically placed on top of the closure system. This is where the tied laces can be tucked to keep it from getting caught in the bike's crankset.

Giro Republic R Knit Tried-and-tested lockdown fit

Water-repellent and easy to clean

The upper is DWR-treated, which helps keep the elements at bay, cleaning dust and removing stains easier after every session.

Giro Republic R Knit Upper

Medium arch support

The Giro Republic R Knit employs a molded EVA footbed that offers medium arch support. It also features a microsuede top sheet for comfort.

Giro Republic R Knit Medium arch support

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 10.9oz
Use: Road
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Lace
Features: Lace Tucks, SPD, Recessed cleats
Material: Knit, Nylon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Giro

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