Bont Helix shoes review

Flagship race wear from innovators of moldable, wide, stiff carbon soles

Shoes
Bont Helix

The Helix is the newest addition to Bont’s race-ready offerings.

What is it

The Bont Helix road shoe supplies performance and comfort on the bike without compromise. Blending Bont’s race specific anatomic fit, a re-imagined BOA closure system, and ultra-stiff carbon sole.

Pros
  • Comfortable and heat moldable
  • Very stiff
  • Low stack height
  • Low weight
Cons
  • Could be hard to replace BOA laces
  • Limited availability
  • Stock insoles can cause hot spots
  • Expensive
RoadBikeReview’s Take

Bont is best known as a heat-molding carbon shoe pioneer, supplying race shoes to the likes of Bradley Wiggins among others. For those unfamiliar, Bont has produced boots and performance driven footwear since 1974, and they are currently among the world’s top producers of custom cycling shoes. Known for stiff, light carbon offerings, Bont is a brand that many seek out for performance and biomechanical advantage.

Bont Helix

In a truly revolutionary design, the Helix BOA IP1 wraps around the upper and sole with a single dial.

The Helix is the newest addition to Bont’s race-ready offerings. Bont’s unique bathtub-shape remains steadfast across its line from top to entry-level offering. This unique shape surrounds the sole and plenty of the upper, giving Bont footwear a unique feel and cult-like following for those with wider feet. This shape allows the foot to lay flat, reducing cramping in the toe box which translates to increased comfort and efficiency on the bike.

Bont Helix

There is ample toe box room if you have wide feet.

The Helix is very light and fits like a glove out of the box, but to ensure the right size make sure to use the Bont “Fit Wizard” fit tool available on their site. As with all Bont shoes, you can custom-mold these to the shape of your feet and remold them as many times as you like. The fit is better with the heat molding, but honestly the BOA wraps so well that the Helix feels molded right from the beginning. This superb fit is attributable to memory foam and a BOA IP1 Dual Dial Retention system. A truly revolutionary design, the Helix BOA IP1 wraps around the upper and carbon sole with a single dial. The fit of the Helix is tight without feeling over supported. The only downside of this retention system is dealing with BOA replacement if you crash and break it.

Bont Helix

The BOA IP1 routes under the carbon sole delivering a secure and comfortable fit.

On rides, the Helix performs well and provides a huge pedaling platform giving the rider positive pedaling feedback. On the fly adjustment is simple and easy with the BOA system. The low stack height makes for a connected feeling with the pedals. The Helix has become my go-to road shoe, delivering endless comfort and performance day in and day out. I recommend the Helix for any rider looking to up their footwear game, performance, and comfort. The Helix are guaranteed to stand out at your local crit and spark conversations. And for anyone with wide feet I would strongly suggest that you try on a pair of Bonts as they fit my wide feet very well.

Bont Helix

Construction and attention to detail is top notch.

Bont Helix Key Features
  • Sole: Unidirectional Carbon Monocoque Chassis with Durolite upper
  • Stack Height: 3.6 mm
  • Air Vents: Ventilation via air vents on front bumper and perforated upper
  • Innersole: EVA thermo-moldable
  • Sole Guards: Replaceable
  • Padding: Memory Foam
  • Cleat Mounting: MM grid plus grip / 3 Hole Look Configuration
  • Fit Customization: Fully Heat Moldable Chassis utilizing Epoxy Thermoset Resin
  • Closing Options: BOA IP1 Dual Dial Retention System with Kevlar wiring
  • Wide range of colors and sizes
  • Weight: 260 grams (size 46.5)
  • Color Options: Metallic Blue/White, Black/Gold, Black/Black, White/Charcoal, Shiny Red/White

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5 stars
Price: $399
More Info: www.bontcycling.com

About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.


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  • Moe Marks says:

    Wondering about the height of the toe box. I have hammer toes and they can rub the tops on the inside of the shoe. Do the Helix have a tall toe box? Can it be stretched when heated? What about other models of Bont, do they have a tall toe box, and can they be stretched, or is it necessary to go custom? Thanks!

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