Bontrager Race Mountain Shoes

3.27/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $90.00


Product Description

  • Stiff nylon plate with full rubber outsole
  • 3 Velcro straps for comfort and ease-of-use
  • 2-hole SPD-style cleat attachment
  • Premium, long-lasting synthetic leather
  • External molded heel-cup prevents heel-slip


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark!

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2014

Strengths:    Wide, comfortable, stiff sole, changeable insoles, durable so far

Weaknesses:    Could use a ratchet system, but then again I guess that's why they're $90 and the next step up are $149.

Bottom Line:   
These were my first pair of MTB clipless shoes. I didn't want to spend $300 on Giro or Sidi shoes, and trying to find a size 48 in store is pretty ridiculous. I tried these on, clipped in on the trainer at the store and unclipped about 50 times. I have a wide, fat foot, and have a pretty bad toenail on my right foot since I smashed it a while back, just never been the same. When I have pressure on it overtime, it aches like crazy. The foot box in these shoes is wide enough to prevent that from happening. So far these shoes have lasted through some pretty sketchy conditions, and have held up to this clydes smash style of riding. The cleats help a ton after you take the wrong line and end up on your ass too.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Eirikur

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2012

Strengths:    These shoes are not bad to walk on when off the bike, thats about it.

Weaknesses:    I got these shoes from the shop instead of other cheaper Bontrager SSR shoes when I broke the sole while biking.
The design of these shoes are weird, I have a very normal shaped foot and the fit is just to laugh about.
The toebox is very narrow (from the ballpoint and forward) and the rest of the shoe is very wide.
Insert is very thin and the the shoes are uncomfortable.


Bottom Line:   
Ive had it with Bontrager products.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by XCoalMiner a Cross Country Rider from SE PA

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2011

Strengths:    None that are apparent. I needed a new pair in a rush and for reasons unknown settled on these.

Weaknesses:    Above posters reports the same problems I had: 1) the stitched loop that holds the "D" ring that the strap laces through ripped off/fell off, after only six rides. It was the smallest one on the right shoe, and I didn't tighten it one or twice. 2) One sole came unglued after less than five months use. This happened after walking bike along a gravel road due to a flat near the end of a ride.

Shame on Bontrager for selling such a cheap product, I had a higher opinion before seeing these fall apart.


Bottom Line:   
Avoid. At $90, these things started failing after five rides. Now the right shoe is near useless after six months of 2 or 43 times a week riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Wissahickon - Upper Trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   I had a pair of Shimano that lasted nine years before the rubber parts started peeling away from the metal soles.

Bike Setup:   29er FS

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by FotoJesse a Weekend Warrior from Gainesville

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2010

Strengths:    Fit, Comfort

Weaknesses:    Construction

Bottom Line:   
While putting the shoes on for a ride, the stitched loop that the ring that the strap laces through ripped. The shoes are only approximately 3 months old. They have been very comfortable and the fit has been good, but with poor materials and construction these get 1's from me. Gotta buy some new shoes this weekend.

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Favorite Trail:   Intown Trails, Santos

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Bicycles Etc. Jackso

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   2010 Rockhopper Comp 29

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by skiertas a Weekend Warrior from Higganum, CT

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2010

Strengths:    Very comfortable shoe.

Weaknesses:    Soles come unglued.

Bottom Line:   
Overall the shoes have been great. I did have the same problem as another reviewer, in that the soles of the shoes came unglued. Shoe glue has solved that problem. Winter rides were comfortable. And they drain nice when you cross that slightly deeper than expected stream. I've ridden 5 plus hours in them and they are still comfortable after that much time pedaling.

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Favorite Trail:   Middlesex / Millers

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $85.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Speedplay Frog / Specialized Epic Comp 29er

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rs a Weekend Warrior from Durango, CO

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2010

Strengths:    Not too heavy, Nice velcro strap system, Above average energy transfer, Comfortable for a snug fitting shoe, Good price

Weaknesses:    There are lighter shoes out there. For me it's irrelevant.

Bottom Line:   
The shoes are comfortable to wear while riding, good stiffness and are under a $100.00.

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Favorite Trail:   Various

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   Kokopelli Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Pearl Izumi

Bike Setup:   Steel cyclo -cross frame with mountain bike clipless pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by astrat a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, On., Canada

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2009

Strengths:    Inexpensive, comfortable, good grip when off the bike and climbing trails.

Weaknesses:    none yet. possibly, poor power transfer but I don't pay attn to that jargon.

Bottom Line:   
Good shoes for the price, very comfortable, great grip. Love 'em.

The only problem - it took forever to figure out how to install the cleats. On most shoes the rubber bit on the sole of the shoes that covers the rails that you screw the cleats into just pops off. With these you have to cut off that little rubber bit. I did this by making a slit at the top and pealing them back. Other than this little design flaw, I like them lots. More than enough shoe for the average rider/average racer.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything that flows.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   pro deal

Similar Products Used:   Shimano cheapos.

Bike Setup:   Klein Adept Pro w/ XT and Rolf wheels
Kona Major One - upgrades are unimportant

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by guywhowlikestofall a Weekend Warrior from Milford, MI

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2009

Strengths:    Fit, stiff and good air flow

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
These are my first real mountain bike shoes and for the price how can you go wrong. Im good at punishing my stuff, weighting in at 260 and these shoes have taken it.

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Favorite Trail:   treefarm/milfordmilf

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   D & D


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by halpo a Weekend Warrior from College Station, TX

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2009

Strengths:    Great Tread. Wide. Really Comfortable.

Weaknesses:    The holes not being cut out confused the heck out of me at first.

Bottom Line:   
Took me 6 months to find shoes that fit my feet. Everything I found was too narrow. These fit great, and are more comfortable than most shoes I own. I forget that I have them on after I get done riding.

I thought the tread would get in the way but it doesn't at all. I got caught in a down pour the other day and they did great at keeping the water out, probably 5 minutes of a good Texas thunderstorm that my feet stayed dry.

Oh and those adjustable insoles are great to.

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Favorite Trail:   Skyline (Ogden, UT)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Bike World (San Anto

Bike Setup:   29er hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ridn29s a Cross Country Rider from Brevard, NC

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2009

Strengths:    Affordable, comfortable, great insole, good traction for rocky sections of hike-a-bike. WIDE!!!

Weaknesses:    Poor construction - came unglued and had to repair them with shoe goo, worked fine since then. Heavy.

Bottom Line:   
Even though the soles came unglued very early in their life they were still a decent deal since they repaired easily with shoe goo and I haven't had trouble with them since. They are a good shoe for all conditions, wore them through the winter of many sub-freezing rides and they were comfortable and warm enough. If you need a solid beater shoe that you don't mind getting muddy then this is the one. And did I mention they are WIDE!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Black Mtn

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $90.00

Bike Setup:   Rigid, Single-speed El Mariachi

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by blackriverrider a Cross Country Rider from Fowlerville, MI USA

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2009

Strengths:    Support (much stiffer than they look) but still walkable, uppers and weight (super light)

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Love em'. Fair price and great support. Breathe well and look great!

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Favorite Trail:   Highland

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   Velocipede Peddler

Similar Products Used:   Specialized

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 80, RaceFace XC, CC Brakes, sram 9...26lbs so far

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