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The Crono CR2 Road Shoes are comfortable, have a great dual Boa closure system, offer a good degree of stiffness and are reasonably priced. I wouldn't say they are the best road cycling shoes out there, but they are a very good choice if you are looking for a slim-fitting shoe.
The CR2s sit in the middle of Crono's road shoes range and benefit from the trickle-down technology from the range-topping CR1 shoes.
The shoes will accept any three-bolt cleat design, and the sole has adjustment markings to ensure you get the same positioning on both shoes. I found them easy to set up with Look Keo cleats.
The sole is a carbon composite, which is often the case at this kind of price. On the Crono website you can select the shoes with a full carbon sole, but this is more expensive – around £78 (€294 for carbon, €204 for carbon composite).
The sole has a rigidity rating of 7 (the carbon soled version 10), but as each company has its own scale it's hard to compare. There is some flex in the sole, but unless you are racing or pushing some serious power then they should be stiff enough. I found the flex caused a little irritation while dancing my way up the steep climbs of the Lake District, but on almost all other rides they were comfortable.
The closure system on these is a pair of L6 Boa dials, which is very impressive at this price. I found the pressure was applied evenly around the foot. There were no real niggles or hotspots, even on long rides.
While the Boa dials are easy to use, tighten and release easily, it would be good to be able to loosen the dial incrementally. I find in the summer that my feet swell as the ride goes on, so it'd be good to be able to loosen off slightly without having to fully release and retighten. You can do this with the Li2 dials on the high-end CR1s that Steve reviewed – but those are over £220.
The heel and toe bumpers are a good size, giving good grip when off the bike and protecting the sole of the shoe. They look a little scuffed after a few months of heavy use, but there is still a lot of life left in them.
The shoes have a slim fit and felt snugger than my usual Shimano road shoes. The dual Boa helps you dial in a good fit across the whole foot.
Sizing is about right – these are an EU45 which equates to a UK10.5, the size I'd usually go for, and these were a comfortable fit. There is a detailed size guide including length and width measurements on the Crono website.
The upper is comfortable, with the tongue made of special memory foam material designed to mould to your feet. It's also easy to wipe clean (something I should do more often)! I tested these in black, but they also come in red, grey and white.
To keep your feet cool, there are lots of holes all around the upper. There are also vents on the sole positioned for airflow under the foot. I didn't find my feet overheating, even during the hot weather in the summer. I haven't tested these in really cold temperatures but my toe covers completely cover all the vents on the shoe, so I can't see them being any colder than any others.
The quality of the Crono C2s is good, with just the usual signs of wear after a few months of heavy use.
The shoes weigh 676g a pair in size 45 which is a little heavier than some road shoes we've tested at around this price, such as the Scott Road Team Boas at 558g (Boa closure, size 42), Shimano RC5s (490g, Boa, 42), the Udog Tensiones (606g, laces, 45) and the Boardman Carbons (624g, dials, 44).
For a shoe of this quality they're decent value, comparing well with others at this price. They cost the same as the Shimano RC5s that George tested earlier in the year, if a little heavier, and are cheaper than the Bontrager Circuits that Alex tested last year.
The Udog Tensiones that Stu liked are a tenner cheaper at £130, but those have laces as opposed to Boa dials.
Overall, I have been impressed with the C2s. They are stiff enough for most riding and you get some premium features such as the dual Boas for a mid-level price. The quality is great, though the slim fit might not suit everyone.
Comfortable, slim-fitting shoes with some premium features at a mid-level price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Crono CR2 Road Shoes
Size tested: 45
Tell us what the product is for
Crono says: "Crono CR2, with an elegant design with clean lines combined with the BOA® Fit System, allows a precise and personalized closure that improves performance and comfort, anytime, anywhere."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Anatomic Tendon Protection
Shock Absorption System
Laser Aeration System
L6 BOA® Fit System
Carbon composite sole
These are slim fit shoes.
True to the size guide, I would recommend your normal size.
Double Boa is rarely seen at this price.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy to wipe down after a ride.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall, these performed well – they're comfortable, and the double Boa provides a close fit. The sole has a bit of flex but no more than you'd expect at this price.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The dual Boa closure system is good for ensuring a close fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Micro adjustments for loosening on the Boa would be great, but that is unlikely at this price.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Compared with some shoes tested at road.cc these are very affordable – the Specialized S-Works Torches are very good but an eye-watering £385.
They're the same price as the Shimano RC5s that George reviewed, but not as light, but are better value than the Scott Road Team shoes that Emma reviewed – they were very comfortable but she reckoned their performance didn't match similar priced shoes.
The Udog Tensione shoes were well reviewed and a tenner less, but come with a lace closure system.
You can get some good road shoes for a lot less, though: Stu liked the Boardman Carbons at £85 which come with dual dials and a carbon sole.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe – though I'd prefer something a touch wider.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
These are a very good pair of shoes. The dual Boa closure is great, they are comfortable, and the sole is stiff enough for the vast majority of riding. Just be aware that they are a slim fit.
About the tester
I usually ride: Specialized Roubaix My best bike is: Cervelo S3
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, touring, club rides, general fitness riding, Indoor