Bont Cycling Release New Premium Shoe, The Helix

Bont Cycling, the little Aussie company with a big name on the global cycling scene, has released a new premium-level shoe, the Helix.

Bicycling Australia recently made the trip to EuroBike, the world’s biggest annual bike show held in Germany, where they caught up with Steven Nemeth of Bont Cycling.

A valued supporting partner of the Bowral Classic, it was fascinating to listen to Steven as he explained all that goes into a new cycling shoe, especially one so innovative and advanced as the Helix.

From Dream To Reality

“We’ve been working on this project for around 9 months and are very happy with how it’s turned out,” he said.

“For us integration with the shoe is the big thing,” he continued. “We wanted to put a shoe together that really could become a part of the riders’ foot. In most traditional types of shoes you’ll have a ratchet system that essentially pulls the upper tight, across the top. What we wanted to do was get something that would work around the whole foot and basically pull the shoe around it rather than just applying localised tension.”

The Aussie cycling shoe company going global – Bont Cycling’s display at EuroBike.

Wire cabling from a single BOA dial routes rearward, down the side of the shoe and into a tube where it’s guided around the carbon soul before making the return loop the the closure. It’s one of those design concepts that make you think ‘why wasn’t this done earlier?’ But, as Steven explained, turning the design concept into reality was both challenging and complicated.

“The foot’s not the easiest shape to shape to work around,” he said. “Especially with the various bone structures. But we managed to get around it and it now works quite nicely. What it does is spread the load across the foot in a thorough way. There’s no spot tension, it’s a very gradual and very comfortable pull. It makes you feel even more part of the shoe than ever before.”

How Much Do They Weigh?

The new Helix comes in a range of colours and features a 3D printed design motif.

In size 46.5 the Bont Helix on display weighed 265grams.

“Most shoes around that size are up around the 300 + grams,” said Steven. “We are very happy with the finished product – particularly the weight.”

Aimed at the high end of the market, Steven said the Helix was for the elite road rider wanting the best.

“It’s for riders who want that extra step,” he said. “You could be an average person who wants a high-performance shoe … you could be a racer who wants something unique and something to be closely connected to – the Helix is for anyone who wants extra quality and extra innovation.”

Fantastic Feedback

Launched to a global audience at EuroBike 2017, Steven said the reception and public perception had been “awesome”.

“When people turn the shoe over and see the cable integration they are really blown away,” he said. “Then when they put it on and tension it up they really understand what the shoe is about – the feedback here has been phenomenal.”

“It really is nice to have a small Aussie company to be able to produce something that’s been so well received at the world’s biggest bike show,” he added.

The Bont Helix will be available in black, white, red, blue and green – each colour featuring eye-catching 3D printed upper design highlights. According to Bont Cycling the Helix will be similarly priced to the company’s VayporS at around $450 to $480.