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It is stiff, well made and light. On the narrow side, so keep the in mind if you have a wide foot. Ratchet system in not BOA but works as expected. Best value for a composite carbon sole cycling shoes.
Hi Rodrigo! Firstly, thanks for taking the time to let us know your experience with the fit of our cycling shoes! With exception of a few brands, "narrow" is common feedback for a LOT of these shoes (both inside and outside of Decathlon). You'll hopefully find that the upper will stretch with a bit of use, and we hope you continue to be happy with the other components- especially quality and lightweight material! 💙 Happy cycling!
I had high hopes for these shoes as they're well designed and built, and backed by Decathlon's customer service guarantee. Unfortunately, there's some good and bad.
The ratcheting knob for tightening down is top notch, despite not being BOA-branded. I found myself not needing to adjust the velcro strap across the toe.
Attach points for both SPD and three-bolt road-type cleats make this a versatile shoe. Ventilation is excellent, with perforations on the uppers and vents on the lowers - despite working up a sweat on an indoor trainer, my feet never felt hot.
The downsides: no outsole lugs to protect a SPD cleat, make these less versatile than shoes with lugs though that would perhaps negate the ability to accept 3-bolt road cleats. The biggie though: sizing. These run NARROW for a given size, most specifically in the forefoot. RULE FOR SHOE SIZING: buy a size large enough to allow for toe and forefoot splay without allowing your heel to lift or rub. Unfortunately, with my very average, "D-width" foot, buying in my regular size results in extreme arch pain after very little riding. Going up a size, still results in arch pain, while also allow my heel to lift.
I ended up returning them after a month and going with Shimano XC series shoes instead which offer more room in the forefoot without heel lift. The SH-XC300 is comparably priced to the Decathlon RCR520, with the XC5 the next step up if you can't find the XC3.
Still, I'm TACITLY recommending these RCR520s, if and only if you have very narrow feet. If your feet are average or wide, look elsewhere. I hope, in the meantime, Decathlon goes back to the drawing board and offers these in a wider version as they're otherwise a great shoe.
Thank you very much for taking to the time to write a review for our RC R520 Carbon road cycling shoes.
Rest assure that our product's managers and engineers are reading our customer's review to adapt and improve our products.
We hope to be able to offer a wider range of cycling shoes in the future.
Have a great day,
The materials and build quality are good especially at this price. The carbon composite sole is stiff enough, with no noticeable flex when putting the power down.
Be sure to try before buying as the sizing runs slightly on the narrow side. I went one size up for this shoe, which results in a slightly looser fit at the heel.
One downside is that it's slightly heavy (some other brands offer a lighter shoe at the same price point).
Some details I like:
The shoe upper is well ventilated so my feet don't overheat on long rides in hot weather. The rubberised inner at the heel cup prevent heel slippage when pedalling. The bumpers under the heel make for secure walking when I've dismounted the bike.
Does it’s work well. Water proof and weather conditioning shoe for a bike session
Cracking price for a decent carbon shoe, and very comfortable.
Nice fitting cycling shoes, comfortable. Good price.
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