CyclingNews has just published a review of a exotic new road shoe from Europe.
The Biomac Bio-MxC2 is an incredibly light and stiff shoe, but the fit may be controversial. That’s because the pedal cleats line up under your arch not along the ball of your foot. The idea may have logic but it may not have legs, only time will tell. If you currently ride with the pedal under the ball of your foot it may take some time for your sprint to come back to this design.
Biomac makers, and fitness coaching star Joe Friel argue that by moving the cleats back to the arch “might” considerably reduce calf workload leaving more oxygen and energy for larger muscle groups to produce more total power efficiently. In other words, the new position might allow you to go faster for longer with no additional training thanks to the mechanical leverage.
Personally, I used to ride with my cleats pushed back towards my arches for years. Then after a custom fit, I moved my cleats up just below my metatarsal bone and the results were astonishing – my legs got stronger and my spin evened out. I’ll be keeping them under the ball of my foot for now.
The construction of the Biomac shoes is suspect as well. Reporter James Huang notes the visible glue lines along the carbon soles and the strap enclosures don’t quite line up well. That may not sound like good news, but out of the box the shoes appear to perform very well. Who knows what condition they might be in after a couple thousand kilometers. Plus, the footbed sounds uncomfortable from almost no padding so you’ll want to drop in your own insoles to avoid hot spots and problems.
The bottom line on these shoes may be too pricey for your closet anyway. They cost over $712 in the United States. Ouch!
Weight: 348 g
Read the CyclingNews Review here.