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dhb has developed a new range of affordable shoes and there's a lace-up option

dhb has launched a brand new range of cycling shoes with its most advanced shoe costing £130 and the lineup kicking off at just £75, with road, mountain and triathlon models.

The company best known for offering impressive performance at highly competitive prices, and with a growing confidence that has seen it turn out some very stylish clothing, has produced shoes before. But five years have passed since dhb last offered shoes and it has used the time to develop an entire new lineup that aims higher than before.

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Flick through the road.cc shoe reviews archive and it’s clear you can pay handsomely for road shoes, but dhb firmly believes there’s no reason why cyclists shouldn’t be able to buy affordable shoes that don’t compromise on quality and performance.

“We believe cyclists shouldn’t have to pay over the odds for top quality cycling shoes that deliver on every ride,” says Rich Land, Senior Product Manager at dhb. “So it was our ambition to create a collection of shoes that perform far beyond expectation, pooling the expertise here at dhb to create shoes that make time in the saddle more enjoyable for cyclists, triathletes and mountain bikers.”

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The flagship shoe in this new ambitious range is the Aeron Carbon Road D (£120) which weighs a claimed 257g (size 42) thanks to a full carbon fibre sole and lightweight breathable synthetic upper. An ATOP dial adjustment system permits secure closure and precise fit and easy fit adjustment on the move.

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The Aeron Carbon Road R (£120) is essentially the same shoe but swaps the dials for an ATOP ratchet mechanism. So you can choose whichever closure system you prefer. Some people like ratchets, some love dials, it’s your choice.

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Laces have become popular since Giro introduced its Empire model a few years ago, and dhb has used laces with its new Road Dorica Shoe (£70). dhb says the laces allow you to tailor the fit across the foot to suit your needs, while the synthetic upper is lightweight and perforated in key places. A nylon sole keeps the weight down, a claimed 265g (size 42). The sole has been drilled for both two- and three-bolt cleats.

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If you aren’t into laces, the Road Troika Shoe (£70) swaps them for a traditional Velcro strap closure system but retains the same lightweight upper and nylon sole.

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There are also new mountain bike shoes, the Troika MTB Shoe (£70) which uses the same upper as the road version but swaps in a grippy sole with a two-bolt SPD cleat drilling and provision for spikes. Other colours are available if the battleship dazzle camo is a but over the top for your tastes. 

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The Dorica MTB Shoe (£70) is the same but with a lace closure system.

Rounding out the new range is the Trinity Tri Shoe (£75) which uses a two-strap fastening system for easy shoe fitting and removal in the transition area, aided by a large heel pull tab and useful crank arm loop on inside of the arch.

You can see the full range in detail over at www.wiggle.co.uk

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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Vejnemojnen [266 posts] 2 months ago
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Oh and the best: 12% discount for regular wiggle-ers.  1 

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alan sherman [9 posts] 2 months ago
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How is the fit? Narrow or hobbit-broad? The Velcro ones look good.

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3mkru73 [60 posts] 2 months ago
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Still got my DHB Mountain bike shoes from 10 years ago. Only replaced them last year and kept them as a spare set as loads of life still in them. 

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leqin [221 posts] 2 months ago
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alan sherman wrote:

How is the fit? Narrow or hobbit-broad? The Velcro ones look good.

 

If I recall correctly then dhb made their shoes 5 years ago on ex Shimano lasts, so whatever size you take in Shimano should fit for dhb

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Jharrison5 [141 posts] 2 months ago
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Where is the triathlon shoe?

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1961BikiE [392 posts] 2 months ago
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Dorica mtb submitted to my wishlist. Gold discount for me. Shame it didn't happen a month ago, I'd have tried the Dorica road.

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jterrier [141 posts] 2 months ago
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Those black laceup mtbs look great, very stealth.

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Ryder [7 posts] 2 months ago
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alan sherman wrote:

How is the fit? Narrow or hobbit-broad? The Velcro ones look good.

 

I've got a pair of the Aeron D and have a fit issue as the 42 is much bigger than my Shimano 42.  Conversation with DHB and they tell me the fit is based more on Fizik and Giro shoes and totally different from their original line up.   They have been incredibly helpful!

A second review on the Wiggle site and the customer got their usual size with no problem with the fit.

Quality of the shoe is awesome, far better than many a more expensive one I've owned in the past.

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cyclesteffer [284 posts] 2 months ago
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Their previous range of shoes were actually made by lake. If you have a pair, pull out the inner sole and have a look on the bottom.

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2x Clavicle Smasher [4 posts] 2 months ago
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A selection of Giro rip offs. 

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mtbtomo [249 posts] 2 months ago
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2x Clavicle Smasher wrote:

A selection of Giro rip offs. 

And what's wrong with that if the price is right? Don't think they look especially like Giro other than they use a selection of ratchets, dials and laces....

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drosco [416 posts] 2 months ago
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2x Clavicle Smasher wrote:

A selection of Giro rip offs. 

Yes, giro invented the lace as we know.

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jollygoodvelo [1682 posts] 2 months ago
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drosco wrote:
2x Clavicle Smasher wrote:

A selection of Giro rip offs. 

Yes, giro invented the lace as we know.

I'm looking forward to Apple moving into cycling and inventing some round things for the bike to roll around on.

 

These shoes look brilliant though, and well done dhb for realising that a lot of people like riding two-bolt SPDs!

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Duncann [1159 posts] 2 months ago
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"Laces have become popular since Giro introduced its Empire model a few years ago"

Mmmm, I think they've been popular a while longer than that!

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chaos [25 posts] 2 months ago
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I bet a month's wages there will be no wide-fitting shoes, so the range will be narrow, like the shoes! If, as already mentioned, the Shimano last was used, the shoes will be narrow. I have just binned a pair of Shimano MTB so-called wide shoes after even resorting to two sizes up and cutting the tongue out. 

Do skinny feet people not even struggle when winter strikes and it would be good to a pair of thick waterproof socks?

 

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fukawitribe [2050 posts] 2 months ago
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Like the look of some of these - hardly bargain basement though, think they'll have quite a bit of competition at these price points. More choice is always good mind...