For too long the research has ignored the role which shoes play in the search for precious seconds come race day. Not only is the efficiency of power transfer critical in ensuring that podium finish, but the aerodynamics of the shoe also play a critical part. After all, your feet are the fastest moving part of a bike.
The technology used in this shoe pushes every known boundary in terms of manufacturing processes and aerodynamics, setting a new benchmark for others to follow.
Every single part of this shoe has been designed with aerodynamics in mind. Each part has been designed to increase the aerodynamic properties of the shoe through each part of the pedal stroke, placing special emphasis on the part of the pedal stroke where the shoe is moving the fastest.
As with the top of the range A-One road shoe, the Bont crono is a handmade 100% carbon monocoque construction built for pure speed. To further enhance the rider’s performance, Bont have built this shoe with Bont’s extremely low stack height of 3.6mm. Bont’s proprietary thermo moldable resin to allow customization has also been applied, which maintains Bont’s extremely high standards in shoe stiffness for power transfer all whilst keeping the weight of each shoe under 300 grams.
Bont cycling shoes are the most heat mouldable shoes available on the market. Bont's proprietary resin has been developed and perfected over 36 years to be an extremely stiff resin that becomes pliable at relatively low temperatures. Unlike other shoes which are mouldable only in select locations, all Bont cycling shoes are able to be moulded over the entire chassis providing cyclists not only with the most anatomically designed cycling shoe on the market today, but also with the ability to fine tune the fit of the entire shoe to give a customised fit. Please view the Video tab above for a guide on how to heat mould your Bont shoes at home.
The UCI has recently informed Bont that it is officially banning the "Crono" from competitions based on the view that the design of the Crono contradicts the UCI's article 1.3.033 which stipulates:
“It is forbidden to wear non-essential items of clothing or items designed to influence the performances of a rider such as reducing air resistance or modifying the body of the rider (compression, stretching, support).
Items of clothing or equipment may be considered essential where weather conditions make them appropriate for the safety or the health of the rider. In this case, the nature and texture of the clothing or equipment must be clearly and solely justified by the need to protect the rider from bad weather conditions. Discretion in this respect is left to the race commissaires.
Equipment (helmets, shoes, jerseys, shorts, etc.) worn by the rider may not be adapted to serve any other purpose apart from that of clothing or safety by the addition or incorporation of mechanical or electronic systems which are not approved as technical innovations under article 1.3.004.”
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Cleat Micro Grid
Low Profile Aerodynamic Lace Cover
Aerodynamic Heel & Toe Guard
High Density Memory Foam Memory Foam Padding
Medial Longitudinal Arch Support
Anatomical Forefoot Shape
Anatomical Heel Cup
Lateral Forefoot Support
100% Carbon Chassis With Durolite Upper And Non Porous Microfiber Liner
40 Air Vents On Frontal Area Of Shoe And Air Gills In Arch Area
MM Grid Plus Grip / 3 Hole Look Configuration
Fully Heat Moldable Monocoque Chassis
Lace With Aerodynamic Cover
295 grams Inc Lace
Mr. Inze Bont first started making custom shoes in the backyard of his Sydney house in 1974 after struggling to find a boot that would fit his wide feet. Mr. Bont pioneered the field of custom footwear and has remained the #1 custom boot/shoe builder in the world since 1974. Each week, Bont makes up to 200 pairs of custom boots and shoes.
In the mid 1990’s Inze tried to use socks with resin impregnated in them as he had seen being used in the hospitals to take a cast of people’s broken bones. He used the sock to quickly and easily make impression molds of peoples feet. They were so easy to use, he could post them out and people could make their own molds and post them back to our factory. This is still the most popular method used today.
Bont is extremely successful as custom shoe building because we have a unique way of building the shoes, the most knowledge in the industry for plaster foot shaping, and a fast turn around time. Feet have a lot of flesh on them that need to be sanded off, but if any of the bony areas are sanded, it will cause a great amount of pain and blisters for the rider. This mold preparation is crucial for a tight fit because when you have such a hard material like carbon fiber only 3mm away from your feet, they need to fit perfectly.
To find your size, place a tape measure on a flat surface up against a wall. Stand on the tape
measure with your heal against the wall. Look down and take the measurement from your longest toe.
Then use the MM scale on the size chart to find your size.
The mm sizes on the size chart are the exact length of the last that we use to build the shoes.
If you find that your mm size is exactly the same as a value on the size chart, you may want
to select one size bigger to give your toes some room. Eg. You measure your foot and it is 268mm is
size which is a size 42.5. Unless you like your shoes very tight, you may wish to wear a size 43.
Here are some examples of mm sizes for cycling shoes and the shoe size that we would recommend:
238mm + 4mm you should order size 6
257mm + 4mm you should order size 8
265mm + 4mm you should order size 9
285mm + 4mm you should order size 11
Cleat Micro Grid
The cleat micro grid has been included to provide riders with the ability to fine tune their cleat placement.
Low profile, micro adjustable buckles have been fitted. Buckles and ladders are fully replaceable, with 3
lengths of ladders available to ensure proper fit.
Replaceable Sole Guards & Buckles
Replaceable sole guards & buckles have been designed for maximum grip and are replaceable.