received my A-1's last friday
Guess I should contribute to the topic: I weighted them on my 70's kitchen scale; they're 255-260g each roughly (for the white leather model). Nice finish.
I was a little stressed because I ordered them without putting my feet in them (think I would've never chose these if I knew how they felt before molding...).
So I measured my feet like they advise on the Bont site.
My left foot is 262mm, and the right is 268mm.
I ordered the 42.5 based on this info.
After reading thru this topic, I was a little discouraged.
When I received the shoes, I put them immediatly on, this is REALLY different from your usual shoes. A few pressure points are very uncomfortable. Exact same feeling as when you put on a pair of "race plug" downhill ski boots (race plug shells are lower volume for better transmission of movement, and you have to "Dremmel", and mold the shell to the shape of the foot, just to be able to wear them...).
I talked to the Canadian distributor, and he told me how to mold them correctly, wich I did.
1°) -Put a thicker sock (I put a thermal sock)
2°) - Cover the bunions with some tape or else (I put 10-12 layers of masking tape over the bunions, and pressure points)
3°) - Don't over heat ( I used my kitchen oven, wich is very precise at 170°F for 20 minutes)
4°) - Take off the insole (wich I did) before putting the shoe in the oven !!!
5°) - Wear the other shoe at the same time, and stand with the knees slightly bent, 5 minutes(wich I did)
After the "baking" it was a lot better. My feet even felt to small with my thin socks on. I did a 30min. spining ride on the trainer (I lowered the seatpost by around 7-8mm). Played a bit with the cleats to center them the way they "feel" right for me...
Second day: 90 min.ride on the trainer (warm-up / 2X20' / cool down). Very small pressure points I didn't notice when first trying the shoes on, at different places on the feet, more annoying than painful. I decided to "bake them" another time, with the same technique. Just putting the tape over different parts this time.
Third ride: An hour recovery ride, with single leg reps. The shoes feel good. Still "weird" feeling (I was on Northwave Aerator race for the last 4 years), but good (no more pressure points). I'll try a thicker sock for a tighter feel (notice my feet are pretty flat and low, but reasonably wide, my ankle is tiny).
I will definitely give them a chance this summer. Can't wait for the weather to allow us to go out !!! For now, on the trainer (without a fan), they are WARM !!! I'm thinking of doing the same thing as spinwax , but will wait for a few rides outside before...