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The new breed.

For its latest iteration, Fi'zi:k's R1, the R1B Uomo Shoe, returns with some pretty sizeable alterations. The brand attributes these changes to input from professional cyclist. While it doesn't specify exactly who, what we've seen over the past few seasons might suggest that this body of athletes includes everything from TT-minded diesels like BMC Racing's Dennis to properly versatile rouleurs like Team Sky's Thomas. The Welshman's 2015 season is an especially apt demonstration of the R1B's take-all-comers pedigree, as the track gold medalist produced dominant performances in the spring classics, weeklong stage races, and his amazing turn as a super domestique come July.

As we alluded to above, though, the shoes we saw on cyclists like Dennis and Thomas were the 2015 models, and for 2016 the R1B Uomo has only seen improvements. Of these, the one we're most excited about is the asymmetrical closure design, which Fizik is calling Volume Control. Volume Control involves two independently wired Boa IP1 dials, an adjustable heel cup, and a pull-over flap that's shaped to wrap the foot rather than just strap it in.

Hot spots are the bane of many a cyclist, and the lower Boa dial allows for targeted volume at the forefoot to let the metatarsals expand without restriction. This partitioned adjustment construction is fairly standard with most high-level shoes these days, so we'd be surprised not to see it on the R1B Uomo; however, the Volume Control design really departs from other shoes at the upper Boa dial. It not only wraps the mid- and upper-foot for a secure fit from afore, but it also adjusts from astern, dialing the heel cup's fit to ensure the kind of customizable security that keeps your feet in place for more efficient power transfer throughout your pedal stroke and less danger of heel irritation and blisters.

The inclusion of a uni-directional carbon fiber sole comes as no surprise — these are, after all, Fizik's top racing shoes — but the sole's greedy ventilation system is a literally refreshing design. We call it greedy because it involves three air intake vents, internal channeling, and an exhaust vent system. And they're all huge. While you might expect the intake vents' size and the volume of cooling air they shepherd through the shoes to be an aerodynamic disadvantaged if not properly managed, the ventilation channeling and strategically positioned exhaust vents ensure that the cooling effect doesn't come at the cost of increased drag.

Instead of its predecessor's Kangaroo leather, the R1B's upper is Fi'zi:k's all-purpose microtex synthetic. It's the same, well-tested material found across the manufacturer's shoe and saddle lines. Barring a series of tiny, ventilating fenestrations, the uppers are a single, clean piece, adding to the shoes' understated profile and validating the aesthetic praise they received in virtually every publication that wrote them up after the latest round of industry trade shows.

  • Carbon-soled, top-of-the-line road cycling shoe
  • Highly durable, ventilated synthetic uppers
  • Adjustable heel cup improves power transfer
  • Streamlined, next-to-skin fit from dual Boa dials
  • Stiff, responsive carbon sole with cooling vents
  • Fizik designs show artful restraint and uncompromising fit

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
2 Boa IP1
Fizik Insole
uni-directional carbon fiber
Cleat Compatibility:
3-bolt road
Claimed Weight:
227 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

Size chart

Fizik Footwear

Sizing Chart

US Men US Women EU
5.5 36
6.5 37
7.5 38
8.5 39
9 40
8 9.5 41
8.5 10 42
9.5 43
10.5 44
11.5 45
12.25 46
13 47
14 48

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Beautiful Shoe that Breathes well

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I've been very pleased with the R1Bs so far, and the best compliment that i can give is that most of the time i don't really notice that they're there. That's something that I can't say for a lot of shoes that i've tried.... I will say that these shoes seem to run big and whereas I was a size 42 in the Sidi Wire Airs (8.5 US men's), I am a 41 in the R1s.

What took so long?

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Size Bought: 44.5

This is the 21st Century and only recently with my purchase of the R1B have I finally found a shoe that fits and fits so comfortably. I have been using Sidi's for years mainly because that's what everyone recommends for a top end shoe. I got my shoes and wore them for about a hour then decided the fit was pretty good so I installed a new set of Look cleats then after several mounts and dismounts on the bike to get the cleats dialed in I rode a route on my Tacx trainer for some mileage to see if I'd get hot spots or any discomfort. I can say I'm very pleased with my purchase so far. I don't think I would ever go back to velcro straps again. I think the BOA Dials are great and I really like them. The look and design of the R1B is something I like too, no huge white logo that turns yellow over time. I only hope they wear well but only time and use are going to tell me that. I read in most of the reviews I found that people have found heal grip to be a concern but I am not getting any slip, in fact my heal slips in my used Sidis more. The thing I did like about the Sidis is the replaceable parts which have been replaced alot. I hope I don't have that same experience with the R1B. I was concerned about what fit size to order. I measured my foot standing on a piece of paper and it measured 11 inches. I wear an 11 US size shoe. I wear a 45 Sidi shoe. I ordered the Fizik's in a 44.5. They fit great and are wide enough for my feet and toes. Sidis were narrow and the mega's too wide. I'm not trying to knock Sidi here but I seem to have difficult feet to make happy in a cycling shoe, so with that said, I would say the R1B has been a purchase that I am glad I decided to go with and worth the price paid.

Best Road shoe yet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 43/White

Fit 5, stiffness 5, quality 5, lightness 5 and the shoe breathes so well! I live in Palm Springs, CA and always looking for a shoe that has good ventilation this one fills the bill in spades!!! Also, great styling and clean lines (see my comment to Rob B)!

Just missed

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

I am a road cyclist who rides almost every day. I've been riding a 2012 pair of Specialized S-Works shoes for the last 4 years but the time has come to retire them and move on. I loved the look of the Fizik shoes and read positive reviews and decided to take a shot.

The shoes came today and I love the look in person. Very sleek, and nice. The Boa dials are much better than my old ones and I really liked the pop up quick release feature. You can fine tune the fit with the dials as well (both tighter and looser). Very easy to get on and off.

The upper material felt great. It wraps around your foot nicely and feels soft but snug at the same time. Compared to my S-Works shoes there was more room in the toe box. This is a plus to me.

Overall the fit felt really nice. The sole feels about as stiff as the S-Works and the placement of the Boa dials makes the shoe feel nice and snug and gave me the feeling that the shoe really wrapped around my foot. At this point I really liked the shoe. It felt like it was of really high quality, the upper material is awesome, supportive but soft.

The deal breaker came with the heal. Simply put, I could not stop my heel from slipping. Not just a little but a quite a bit. I cranked the Boa dials down as firm as I could - so much so that after a few minutes I could feel the pressure point of each dial on the side of my foot and it started to cause my foot to fall asleep but I could not stop my heel from slipping.

I really wanted to like these shoes and they got 3 out of 4 areas right for me but the heel issue means I'm sending them back. Overall I would say if the heel works for you these would be an awesome pair of shoes. The upper is far superior in feel to the S-Works and the sole is nice and stiff. Fix the heal and I'd probably be a customer for a long time.

I agree with your review, as a long time Sworks road shoe fan I switched to the Fizik R1B and the are great and the heel works for me. Regarding sizing I wore 43 in Sworks and the same in the R1B. They are roomier that Sidi Ergos I rode in the past.

They look amazing, but it's a shame that the heel isn't on point.

These new R1B's look very nice indeed. How is the midfoot width? Narrow like regular Sidi? Or wider? Anyone tried them on?

Best Answer

I have regular Sidi and have tried these on. The midfoot width is similar to a regular Sidi. Much longer though. About one full size longer. So if you are a 43 Sidi I would go with at least a 42 Fizik.