Ah, shoes, perhaps nothing stirs the blood of a performance minded road cyclist more than their footwear, there’s even an Instagram account dedicated to bicycle based shoe fetishisation.
And 2018 looks to be a bumper year in the shoe world with some key brands releasing updated versions of their top spec models, so we spent some time staring at professional cyclists’ feet at the Tour Down Under to see what’s hot and what’s not.
Peter Sagan will be riding in Specialized S-Works 7s this season
The big S has updated the top spec S-Works shoe for 2018 and imaginatively called them the S-Works 7.
The S-Works 6 model was an all-time classic for both professionals and amateurs alike, and while information on these new shoes is currently scarce, we suspect it will be lighter, stiffer and just as expensive as before.
With Peter Sagan rocking a pair in 2018, there’s no doubt you’ll be seeing them doing plenty of wheelies throughout the season.
Fizik is a firm favourite in the pro peloton, with the likes of Philippe Gilbert and Geraint Thomas sporting their subtle yet stylish wares. However, for 2018 Fizik has turned the endorsement dial up to 11 by supplying the whole Movistar team with its Infinito R1.
It’s also provided the Spanish squad with a custom colourway, to help them stand out from the crowd.
Although, with Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa on Fizik’s books we doubt you’ll have to look too hard to see the Infinito R1s at the front of races in 2018.
Giant’s latest generation pro road shoe is yet to be named
Team Sunweb have gone full Giant this year, with the global bike company providing the team with nearly every piece of equipment, including shoes.
At the time of writing, information on these new kicks is scarce, but they appear to be based on an evolution of the brand’s Exobeam sole, which already features on the Surge V2 road shoes and Charge MES MTB shoes.
This utilises a substantial carbon plate under the heel and the cleat, tapering through the middle of the shoe in order to provide a touch of lateral flex — as Giant puts it: “maintain efficiency while reducing the negative effects of conventional stiff shoes.”
Now that’s a whole load of marketing speak right there, but we’re still very interested to see how the Sunweb riders get on with these shoes in 2018.