Leatt announced a range of four shoes this week and Pete was lucky enough to take the Leatt DBX 4.0 Clip Shoe for a run in Italy.
The base model clip shoe in the four-model range from Leatt, the Leatt DBX 4.0 Clip Shoe prioritises comfort but with some features that don’t make a meal of getting the power where it needs to be.
Pete took a pair of the DBX 4.0s for a few laps at Bike Connection Winter to see what they were made of.
Photos by Mountain Bike Connection Winter/Luigi Sestili.
First Look Review.
- ClipGrip Sole
- Unique SPD channels
- RideGrip Compound sole
- Control Flex Shank
- Anti-compression midsole
- Synthetic Leather upper
- Anti-heel lift with achilles tendon relief
- Inner ankle mid height protection
- Molded stabilizing heel and rigid reinforced toe area
- UK 5.5-11.5
- £100.00 RRP
One of the first products I tested at Bike Connection Winter in Massa Marittima, Tuscany, was a set of the inky blue Leatt DBX 4.0 Clip Shoes. Leatt, the brand synonymous with neck braces has branched out massively into other areas of protection and clothing in recent years, and the shoes were their latest effort.
If you were to throw these into the clip shoe grouptest we ran a while back, they would be very competitive on price, and certainly on the basis of what they’re designed to do.
As soon as I slipped my foot into the DBX 4.0s, they felt snug and comfortable. With a narrow foot and a Euro 41 foot, the size 41s were spot on. Maybe back at home with a thicker sock to see off the Scottish elements, they might be a little tight but that’s soon to be seen.
In the Tuscan sunshine however, these felt spot on. The long cleat channel offers plenty of room to get your setup dialled, and it was nice to see the cleat plates pre-installed, rather than having to try and wrestle them in before riding.
Walking to the bike felt awkward as the stiff shank is designed for riding primarily, not walking, and the proof is indeed when you get on the bike. I’m happy to report I forgot I was even riding them pretty quickly, usually the sign that nothing is amiss, and I’d not need to adjust the cleat position at all during the week.
That stiff shank didn’t feel uncomfortable on the long, flat out blast down my new favourite trail, ‘Benedetto’, and even when opting to pedal up instead of grabbing a shuttle, they were soon forgotten about.
It’s worth pointing out though that it was dry for the duration of the test, and I didn’t have to hike-a-bike, or worry about clipping my feet on anything, things that will all likely change when I return to Scotland. So keep your eyes peeled for a full review soon.