Specialized Buzzsaw£80.00

Basically a simpler,cheaper version of the 120SL, the Buzzsaw uses a more conventional leather and mesh lace up design,but it's still a tough boot.Again,the Body Geometry fit is glove-like from the start,with all the initial lumps and bumps melting away.

BikeRadar score4/5

Basically a simpler, cheaper version of the 120SL, the Buzzsaw uses a more conventional leather and mesh lace up design, but it's still a tough boot. Again, the Body Geometry fit is glove-like from the start, with all the initial lumps and bumps melting away as soon as you start pedalling.

Laces aren't as convenient as straps, but they do allow fine fit tuning and these ones are semi-hidden and lace locked to avoid chafing damage. The mesh panels do let a lot of water and wind in though, so these are best saved for warmer times or used with a waterproof sock inside. Heel, toe and inner ankle bumpers shrug off rocks and scrapes though, and the scooped heel means no potentially painful Achilles tendon rub. The carbon fibre shelled sole is rock solid under pedalling pressure, with no hint of where the cleat attaches, yet fl ex in the toe means they walk very well, too. The tread isn't very aggressive, which means some skating in wet conditions, but the soft compound grips like glue in the dry. Despite the carbon sole, the boot is relatively heavy for its level of weatherproofing and warmth though, and the tread wears away pretty fast if it's walked on a lot.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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