I really hate spending money. My last polo shoes, a pair of 3 year old Mavic Alpines, were on sale on Nashbar when I bought them. I think I paid $35. It took a broken shank and not being able to clip in on the left side for a few weeks before I could talk myself into new polo shoes. I knew that I wanted something ‘normal’ looking, somewhat walk able, but really rigid. I’m a big guy who likes to hop a lot, so soft, flexy cycling shoes mean I’m gonna have sore feet for a while.
I decided on the DZR Mambas. There are a few reviews out there for these shoes and people seemed to be happy with them. A hundred some bucks later my shoes arrived.
I won’t lie – I went into this order having a mixed feeling about DZR. I had a pair of the DZR/Mission Workshop Randals when they were first released, and to be completely frank, I hated them. They were loose fitting, with a really soft shank. You could feel the pedal all day, and after about a half hour of riding they were uncomfortable. Basically they felt like Vans Classics with a clipless pedal underneath. I ended up selling them on eBay shortly after I got them and was very happy to see them go.
Brian at DZR (of Beaverboy fame) swore up and down that the new shoes were a huge improvement over models from the past. He wears them, and so do a lot of other bigger names in our sport. I took this with a grain of salt. I used to get bmx parts on the ultra cheap, and swore they were the best, but every time I broke one, I’d just ask for a new one…so they were the best. When you’re paying for something, you tend to be a bit more critical (by now, hopefully you can tell I wasn’t expecting a whole lot). Read more