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 Post subject: Bont Riot review
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:18 pm 
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Got my Bont Riots in the mail over the weekend, and I wanted to give a quick write-up of them, since there doesn't seem to be much info out there on them.

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Out of the box, they are pretty stylish. I'm sure the black/white color may put some people off, but I think the white forefoot matches well with the black ankle cuff and the carbon heel/sole. The buckle and z-strap aren't anything new, but they work well together. The buckle tightens around your ankle, the z-strap tightens the forefoot, just like you'd expect.

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The soles are a carbon-fiberglass mix, which is probably not quite as stiff as the full carbon Bonts. They have nice cleat-locating marks, and replaceable (if small) heel and toe grippers. One thing that is missing from the upper level shoes is the toe bumpers, but I've ridden my current shoes for years without them (Sidi Zetas) and haven't worn through the toes or anything like that.

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Here's the insole of the 42 Bont Riot compared to the insole of my 42 Sidi Zeta. They're pretty close in size, with the Riot having a little wider toe box. The Bont size wizard put me in the 42, as my feet measured 255 mm long by 105(?)mm wide. Initial fit out of the box is a little short, as I can feel my second toe hit the end of the shoe. Width is ok, but the profile of the sides doesn't match up to the profile of my foot quite right.

Overall, the best description I can give (which is probably true of all Bonts), is that they fit like hockey skates. This is reasonable, since Bont got their start making speedskating boots. They don't feel like "shoes". The high sides on the carbon sole don't have any give, which may cause some soreness for my bony toes. If they heat-mold like they're supposed to, the fit may get better, but so far I haven't gotten much give out of them after putting them in the oven. They also don't feel like there's much arch support, but I know I can mold some in as part of the heating process.

Weight
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What Now?
Even though they seem to run true enough to size, I'm going to send them back for a 42.5 to get a little more toe room. But since the 42.5's aren't available until next week, I'm going to try Shimano R170's as well and compare them.


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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:03 pm 
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Regarding the toe hitting, be sure that your heel is well seated. It may move backwards when you heat mold it and then the shoe might fit.

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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:31 am 
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Thanks for the writeup! I was considering these before I got some slightly used A1s.

The sizing is a common issue for people with longer than normal middle toes. The Bonts are longest at the big toe and then curve in. I wish Bont would address this... ie simply publish the outline of each size so you can see how it is shaped. The sizing chart put me on a 42.5W, but I needed a 44 to get adequate length.

Let us know how you like them when you get some miles on. I went for a 75mi first ride today and so far I'm impressed by the feel. Not soft and comfy but firm and efficient... connected. The comfort is adequate... no hot spots or numbness. Sort of like a sports car compared to a luxury sedan. I had Shimano R220s previously.

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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:12 am 
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Good review there! I was thinking of getting a pair of these as I think they look a lot nicer than the top end Bonts.


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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:06 am 
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WMW wrote:
The sizing is a common issue for people with longer than normal middle toes. The Bonts are longest at the big toe and then curve in. I wish Bont would address this... ie simply publish the outline of each size so you can see how it is shaped. The sizing chart put me on a 42.5W, but I needed a 44 to get adequate length.


Mine and the problem of many others as well....I wrote Bont about this and they said that I could go for the full custom option.....for $1,000!


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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:55 am 
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Riots are awful things in which people get killed. What is a company using this word for? Is the 'Riot' part of a range which includes 'Rape' or 'Murder'?


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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:03 pm 
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Bit OTT Valbrona. Riot does have other meanings as well........


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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:43 pm 
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Yep, it also means to indulge in something. Also ever heard of the phrase "riot of colour"?

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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:47 pm 
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Thanks for the report, and I look forward to hearing more once you start riding them. I'm in the market for shoes, and have no idea where to begin.

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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
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Thanks for the review. I also look forward to future reports; I've been eyeing these since the beginning of the year.


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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:30 pm 
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'it's gonna be a riot'

Good, not bad.


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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:54 pm 
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How can you give a "review"of something that doesn't fit, so you've been unable to actually use it?

What you've told us , we can see in a Bont advert..

Come back when you've got some miles in them

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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
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Any updates on your bont riots ..?????.....

i think the price point is good they look great and was just wondering that you must have put some miles on them now and any feedback would be appreciated... :arrow: :arrow: :arrow:


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 Post subject: Re: Bont Riot review
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The bont riots must be that bad that they don't want to talk about them unless they don't have them anymore :?:
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