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New Specialized S-Works Road Shoe

Old 07-02-05, 08:07 PM
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I must say that my inner geek flipped out when I first encountered a pair of these in the ole LBS. Finally a simple (and convienient) tensioning system to distribute the shoe's compression across the top of the foot!

Question is, do they work? Anybody have a pair yet?
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Developed with personal feedback from World Champion Mario Cipollini, this ultralight shoe uses three proven technologies to set a new standard for racing shoe fit, performance and comfort

* Rotary BoaR micro dial is easy to adjust, even when riding, prividing a more precise performance fit. Designed for years of trouble free service and it's replaceable
* Dynamic ClosureTM tensioning system instantly self adjusts to distribute pressure evenly across the foot, eliminating hotspots and sharp pressure points
* High strength, low friction SpectralaceTM cord is exceptionally strong and abrasion resistant.
* Patented Body Geometry Technology uses unique design to increase comfort and efficiency: Varus wedge, metatarsal button, medial arch support. Design is scientifically proven to measureably increase performance in elite riders & designed to reduce injuries
* F.A.C.T. carbon outsole is directionally stiff for outstanding power transfer
* Top fibers of the F.A.C.T. carbon outsole are individually "chromed" to work as a heat shield, reflecting road heat for cooler feet even in the hottest racing conditions
* 3-bolt & 2-bolt cleat patterns fit Shimano SPDR-SL, LookR, TimeR and SpeedplayR (Note that cleats are provided with your pedals when they are purchased)
* Approximate Weight: 610gm (Size 42)
* Spare Parts: BG Footbed, BOA Dial, BOA Spectralace
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Old 07-03-05, 07:22 AM
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I got a pair a week ago and they work perfectly. Only 120 miles in them and just a couple tingly toes on my right foot after 15-20 miles, but I'm still fiddling with the cleat position. I hardly feel as if I have shoes on because there are no pressure points (even when they're cranked down tight).

I think the Pearl Izumi Flow was the first shoe to make use of this "system" and they can be found for about half the price of S-Works. I've never tried the Flow but I'm certainly not disappointed with my purchase of the S-Works.
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Old 07-03-05, 08:50 AM
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there is a new yellow TDF edition....40 grams lighter each shoe...80grams lighter per pair
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Old 07-03-05, 09:15 AM
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Pics? When/where will these be available and how much $$$ more than the "standard" silver/black?
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Old 07-03-05, 09:53 AM
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well, i just got the carbon pro shoes and have ridden them for 2 or 3 weeks. I can tell you that all the special crap that they did to design the sole of the shoe works wonderfully - Easily the most comfortable cycling shoe i have ever worn.
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Old 07-03-05, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by pearcem
well, i just got the carbon pro shoes and have ridden them for 2 or 3 weeks. I can tell you that all the special crap that they did to design the sole of the shoe works wonderfully - Easily the most comfortable cycling shoe i have ever worn.
Amen, great shoes - I have had them since xmas, and ride them daily and race them - super shoes. I ride with two guys who have the S-works model, and they both love them also. One of them is the local Specialized dealer.
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Old 07-03-05, 12:11 PM
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I, too, just got the carbon pros. I wanted the S-Works model but I was a little leary about the tension string. I upgraded from a pair of Specialized Pro Road shoes to the Carbon Pro shoes and love them!!! Is it just me or are there more people worried about the strength and longevity of the tensioning string on the S-Works.
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Old 07-03-05, 01:06 PM
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I have that BOA system on my snowboard boots. This system has been on snowboard boots for the past few seasons. They work well, however the only real flaw is that you can't tighten an individual part of the shoe, it does it all evenly. The other flaw isn't really applicable to cycling, and that is it freezing in place. All in all it is a good system.
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I tried alot of Sidi shoes recently as I was convinced by several bike shops they were the best fit and quality. So when I spent a day in Toronto this week I tried a pair or pro carbon that felt great and then a pair of s-works with boa. I could not believe how super the S-works felt. They were way more comfortable then all those sidis I tried. I really didn't know a road shoe could or should fit so well. The only reason I tried specialized in the first place was to try there arch and wedge support ( my running shoes have these) In this case I'll take chinese over italian any day.
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I bought a pair last September on clearance from my LBS for $150, seemed like a HUGE markdown to me so I picked'em up. They're the best road shoe I've tried by far and the BOA system, which I was certainly apprehensive about, has functioned without flaw. These ARE great shoes.
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Are those silver ones the '05 model, cause these below are current on their website:

*Approx 480 g/pair (Size 42)
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Yes, the silvers are the '05 model.
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are those air scoops with mesh on the underside of the shoe? do they really work for ventilation? I suppose at 35km/h you would notice some airflow...
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Originally Posted by ncjok
Are those silver ones the '05 model, cause these below are current on their website:

*Approx 480 g/pair (Size 42)
I just picked these up last weekend, in fact. An LBS in Milwaukee had them in my size so I figured I would give them a go. I tried on one above, one below, and and my current shoe size (45) and found that it was best to go with my current Sidi size. They are a little narrower in the toe area, which is a plus for me since I felt good in the back of my Genius 5's but a little loose near the digits. I only have about 120 miles in them, but so far so good. I really like the simple but well distributed closure system (why I bought the shoe) - no tight spots. However, I believe the front velcro strap is a bit superfluous; I find that I just do not need to crank that one down when the wheel is tight. The footbed is excellent (another reason I was interested), and much improved in my opinion over a Sidi model I had previously. As for ventillation, I cannot say as I am still riding with winter or wind covers as the temperature demands. All in all - an excellent shoe. I am looking forward to trying it out when the season changes a bit more.

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