Wednesday, February 22, 2006 12.00am
By Justin Loretz
These Cannondale SPDs (made under licence by Diadora) are close-fitting, reasonably stiff-soled plastic numbers aimed at riders looking for max performance without going the whole financial hog to carbon soles. The upper is made up of synthetic material, nylon and metal mesh breather panels and a plastic heel counter; making the shoes light, quick to dry and easy to clean.
They take SPD compatible cleats and the cleat pocket is a sensible depth, making entry/exit a breeze. The XCP2000s use twin Velcro straps for the fore foot and a micro ratchet buckle top closure to keep the already snug fitting shoes in position. The side of the foot opening is cut low, making it feel like it could come off (more of a feel than a real threat), and the lack of a full length tongue sometimes means the upper strap can occasionally dig into you foot a little.
All up though, it's a comfortable design which copes well with most terrains and pedal systems. Cannondale shoes can come up small for their stated size, so choose a size larger when ordering or, better, try before you buy.
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