Comfort: The SPD system allows the rider to walk comfortably thanks to better integration of the cleat into the sole.
Rigidity: The nylon sole is laced with fibreglass to deliver more pedalling efficiency.
Lightweight: The RC500 shoe weighs 306 g while the RC520 weighs 386 g.
Durability: A stiffener was added to the heel and to the toe to avoid damaging it.
"When designing the RC500 and RC520 shoes, we've made no compromises when it comes to their performance and efficiency. We've added comfort through the use of materials that are soft, padded and sturdy, as well as through a sole that accommodates the natural movement of the foot while walking." - Pierre, product designer.
In terms of colours, we chose a neutral colour as the base along with complementary colours which together match well with the rest of the product range. The RC520 is also available in brown, a colour which emphasises the leather used on this model.
Genuine Leather: The outer upper of the RC520 is made of genuine leather, a natural material that is breathable and durable.
Lacing: The lacing is designed to ensure uniform distribution of pressure. On the RC520, the lacing is reinforced with a buckle.
The RC520 and RC500 shoes were tested by a dozen cyclists for over a year in different countries, including Spain, Italy, the U.K., Belgium and France, in different weather conditions.
"I've been wearing the RC520 shoe while cycling for the last 2 months, and by the end of this week I will have spent 1200 km in them. Whether riding on paved roads or gravelly trails, this shoe has been great! It holds the foot firmly without crushing or restricting it, and it also allows me to walk a bit while on breaks without looking like a cowboy!" -
Sébastien, customer experience manager at Triban and long-distance road cyclist.
Since last December we have embarked on a tour of Europe by bike. We've used the occasion to test these shoes in extreme cycling conditions. We wear them every day and have already put 3265 km on them while cycling, plus an additional 90 km while walking. They have held true to their word: they're so comfortable, we hardly even notice they're there!" .
Rémi and Olivier, cycling triathletes.