I’m a daily commuter and I do it on my ’07 Cannondale CAAD5 (capo) which I ride fixed wheel. I ride everywhere I go, and being in a car is rare for me. I remember early on I struggled to even consider a balance between the desire for speed and the need for functionality; I was in clips about a month after I started riding. I was hooked immediately, going from cages to an SPD cleat. The power increase was unexpected – I knew it would be big, but it felt huge. I went with an SPD cleat because I hoped to avoid bringing shoes to change into after a commute. I wasn’t happy with the esthetics of any of the available shoes but settled on a modest pair of Shimano touring shoes. About three months later I saw the shoes DZR had made for Mission Workshop.
The Rondell was everything I had wanted in a shoe. It looked like a normal sneaker, had a good amount of style and the cleat was recessed so far that you could comfortably walk around in them.
I’ve owned these shoes now for about two years, I couldn’t afford them on launch but it was a limited run and six months or so down the line all that was left were irregular sizes. Luckily for me, that meant I could buy a pair.
I’ve yet to try any to the offerings DZR produces for themselves and I’m not sure I will. I was let down by the manufacturing quality of the Rondell. The soles began to come away from the shoe early on. Shortly after most seams on the shoes began to fail. If you only commute a few miles and don’t ride outside of that, the style and function of DZR shoes will suit you well. If you ride them however, they’ll disintegrate. my strava
After riding straps for about six months and wearing thru 3 pairs of shoes I began my hunt for better ridding shoes. I also commute to work and don’t have a car, so something that I was going to be able to ride and wear at work was necessary. I decided to look into the market of different SPD compatible shoes that had more of a sneaker style, and to my surprise there was a good variety available at the time. However, when I heard that Prolly Is Not Probably was coming out with limited edition DZR shoes I had to get them and waited almost 6 months for them to arrive.
At first look they are sweet, I mean pretty much everything you ever wanted a shoe to look like, all black rugged super stiff to give you a nice platform. From the first ride I realized they really weren’t going to hold up the way I expected them to; the glue holding the front of the shoe began to come apart and within the first couple hundred miles. The shoes look pretty worn in. It didn’t get too bad until I started mountain biking, with the extra weather and mud and I guess the abuse they get while riding the trails really took their toll on the laces. Quickly I found myself needing to do some very important modifications to get them to work better for me.
I walked into CVS and purchased the cheapest insoles they had and they fit perfect with no modifications. I also purchased their black shoe laces and like magic the shoes transformed into a completely enjoyable experience. They were more comfortable and I could actually wear them at work all day, they’re now one of my favorite shoes.
If DZR was to release the exact shoes again I don’t think I would by them, however if they were to make some modifications to their design the shoes have the potential to be some of the best urban/mountain shoes around. My Strava
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