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    New Product: Fizik R4B Road Cycling Shoes

       Words by scotbAdmin

       on 30/05/2017 11:18:00

    New for In-store and Online here at Scotby Cycles we are extremely excited to embark on a special relationship with the Fizik Shoe range.

    Sitting in the mid and high performance Fizik shoe range, the R4B retails at £174.99 and offers high end performance without the cost.

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    Fizik Say:

    “fi’zi:k’s range of road cycling shoes is developed in collaboration with leading professional cyclists and used to great effect by WorldTour, Olympic and World Championship riders. The best technologies, materials, R&D, testing and manufacture techniques are used to deliver you the best shoes for road riding and racing, and trickle down throughout the range.”

    We certainly agree with this statement, Fizik have clearly spent time refining and crafting their road shoe range and the results are sublime. When spending even this moderate amount of money of a road shoe it is a big commitment, and rightly so at this performance level it is fair to pick and choose over construction, weight, quality and looks. Fizik has hit the nail on the head with the R4B, incorporating sleek lines with stylish matt and gloss microfibre uppers.

    Shoe fastenings are an on-point topic in the road shoe market over the past few years with a vast array of closures being tried and tested, the one that always seems to come on top is the Boa closure. Thankfully Fizik has implemented this into their full shoe range. With a 1mm adjustment of the Boa IP1-A closure as well and two small Velcro closures the R4b offers excellent adjustability perfect for mid ride adjustments.

    Fizik has also thought about the longevity of the R4b with the Boa mechanism and rubber heal and toe grips all being replaceable.

    Size wise the R4B (EU45) is certainly in keeping with the stated size when compared in house to a pair of Eu45 Giro Empire SLX. I found the toe box to be slightly wider than other alternatives certainly suiting riders with a wider or higher volume foot.

    The sole of the R4b is made from an Injected Carbon Fibre and straight out the box it felt stiff with a low stack height (worth bearing in mind for saddle height). Fizik claim the sole is sculpted to aid aerodynamics whilst still offering the support and comfort for the demand of racing. A statement I certainly agree with.

    The upper is constructed from a Microtex upper, the material is extremely supple contributing towards the excellent fit as well as having a hardwearing and resilient finish perfect for everyday training and dealing with the demands of racing. The shoes have diamond shaped perforations on the outside and instep of the shoes designed to help regulate the temperature of your foot.

    Our Verdict

    If you are looking for a high performing road shoe that won’t completely break the bank then the R4B is for you. Its stylish lines and top-quality construction is in keeping with the whole Fizik brand. Topped off by a fit that can only be described as sublime, Fizik’s R4B is sure to impress.

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