Our verdict


The Riot by Bont was first introduced as an athlete-exclusive model, but luckily the brand has made it available to the masses. It is world-renowned for its first-rate performance and anatomical power transfer. The shoe’s customizable fit, stiffness, and excellent aesthetic are some of its front-running features.


  • Impressive quality
  • Uber comfortable
  • Stiff outsole
  • Aesthetic design
  • Affordable
  • Heat-moldable fit


  • BOA version is more preferred
  • Lack of colorway options

Who should buy the Bont Riot

The Bont Riot is a heat-moldable, composite, entry-level road footwear that adds to the brand’s wide range of cycling shoes, which includes mountain and triathlon models. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that is recognized as the first beginner road shoe that utilizes a carbon composite sole and is heat-moldable.
  • Need a shoe that has an anti-stretch upper, ratchet, and strap closures that excel in the provision of a snug, comfortable fit. 
  • Prefer uber stiff soles and supportive insoles that complete the package for optimal performance and comfort while on the saddle.

Maximum power transfer

The Bont Riot’s outsoles are carbon composites. This means that apart from carbon, another element has been added which achieves a comfortable level of stiffness. The other element is fiberglass. The result is stiffness without sacrificing fit and comfort.

Bont Riot has replaceable heel pads

Every cycling pair features rubber pads for grip while off the bike. But not all models offer replaceable ones. The Riot offers renewable heel pads that prolong your pair’s lifespan and provide maximum grip. 

Highly-praised arch design

All of Bont’s models feature structural medial longitudinal arch supports. This means that the outsoles have a built-in arch support that prevents overpronation. This lets the rider perform longer and prevent injuries. 

Traditional road cleat design

The Bont Riot comes with the traditional road cleat design, 3-holes. It is suitable for the following pedal models: Look Keo 2 Max Blade 12, Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL R8000, and Time Xpresso 15.

Z-form strap closure

This pair’s retention system utilizes a Z-form strap closure for the forefoot and midfoot areas, while a ratchet buckle secures the ankle area. This combination offers a highly adjustable and secure fit while spreading pressure throughout the top of the foot.

Lightweight and breathable Bont Riot

Integrating a microfiber upper with mesh inserts, this shoe provides a lightweight, well-ventilated, and sturdy construct that keeps the foot comfortable and supported.

Comfortable insole

This model utilizes a standard cycling insole. It helps reduce road vibration and enhances in-step comfort.