Our verdict


The Bontrager Circuit is an entry-level road shoe that’s lauded for its performance efficiency and relatively budget-friendly cost. Packed with great features, this shoe offers both looks and performance, making it a top choice for cyclists on a budget.


  • Quick tighten-and-release functions
  • Excellent road cycling shoe
  • Satisfying comfort
  • Lightweight
  • Good looks and design
  • Well-made materials and construction
  • Adequate grip
  • Footwear functions wonderfully


  • Uncomfortable
  • Lack of rigidity
  • Heavy
  • Needs more customized fit

Who should buy the Bontrager Circuit

This Bontrager road shoe is great for beginner road cyclists who are looking for an affordable option that performs efficiently while on the saddle. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that grants access fit adjustment even while on the go. 
  • Need a shoe that has an averagely stiff sole and can be used for training and leisurely rides. 
  • Need a shoe that has a universal cleat system that can be suitable for road, mountain, or even spin bike sessions.

Bontrager Circuit Logo

Nylon composite bronze series sole

The Bontrager Circuit employs a nylon composite Bronze series sole. This material is composed of 85% nylon and 15% fiberglass. Power is delivered through the bike via these soles. 

Bontrager Circuit Nylon composite bronze series sole

Moreover, the sole’s PowerTruss construction is adequately stiff without adding unnecessary weight. They have a rating of 7 out of 14 in the brand’s stiffness index chart, which means they perform well while also yielding enough flex.

Excellent ventilation

Window pockets in the outsole provide excellent airflow throughout the foot.

Bontrager Circuit  Excellent ventilation

Universal cleat systems

This footwear is compatible with both three-bolt and two-bolt cleat systems. Shoes that accommodate both systems are more commonly known to have universal cleat systems. Take note that the two-bolt mountain plate is sold separately.

Bontrager Circuit Universal cleat systems

If you choose to use the three-bolt system, these are the pedals you can try Shimano 5800 SPD-SL, Time XPro 10, and Look Keo 2 Max. For two-bolt pedals, check out the following: Shimano XT M8000 XC Race, Nukeproof Horizon CS CrMo Trail, and Crank Brothers Mallet E.

BOA L6 dial

The Bontrager Circuit employs a BOA L6 dial that governs the midfoot and topmost area of the foot. The dial can be tightened in increments and can be completely loosened in an instant. The forefoot area is secured by a single Velcro strap. Both can be adjusted while on the go.

Bontrager Circuit BOA L6 dial

The upper is crafted from 56.9% PU, 10.5% Polyester, 32.2% Nylon, and 0.4% Steel. While the inner lining is made of 100% Polyester. This yields a supple yet supportive fit.