Specialized Expert Road shoes review

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Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £160.00 RRP | AUD $249.95 | USD $200.00

Our review

Boa dials, a comfy fit, a stiff sole, and knee friendly Body Geometry treatement make Specialized's Expert Road a great option for those who are just getting started or on a budget
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Specialized rate these shoes at 8.5 on their stiffness scale, compared to 12 for the S-Works equivalent, but don’t let that fool you. Even when you’re sprinting uphill in a big gear the difference is only slight.


You get the same foot-cosseting, leg-aligning, knee-saving Body Geometry technologies for your money, though there’s slightly less arch support, and the sole is still carbon fibre, albeit with fibreglass as opposed to the S-Works’s high-modulus carbon.


The excellent Boa Lacing System on the Expert has a single one-way dial that pulls out to release completely instead of offering one-click tension reduction. It’s complemented by a single Velcro strap running over the bridge of the foot that seals an extremely comfortable and secure fit.

Product Specifications


Name Expert Road Shoe
Brand Specialized

Available Colours Black/Red Black/White
Weatherproof No
Shoe Size Tested 44
Shoe Lining Fabric
Shoe Features 3-Hole SPD-SL Compatable
Lace Option No
Hook And Loop Straps No
Moulded Heel Counter Yes
Lace Keepers No
Weather Resistant No
Heel Guard Yes
Breathable Yes
Re-inforced Toe Box Yes
Sole Type Carbon Reinforced Nylon Outsole
Goretex Lining No
Shoe Sizes Available 38 38.5 39 39.5 4 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 43.5 44 44.5 45 45.5 46 46.5 47 48 49
Available In (Mens/Womens) Mens
Shoe Closure BOA IP1
Shoe Compatibility 3 Bolt Cleat
Shoe Type Road
Features Boa IP1 dial, FACT carbon composit sole, replacable heel bumper
Windproof No
Waterproof No
Water-Resistant No
Adjustable Fit Yes
Mesh Inserts No
Fastening Type BOA
Reflective Piping/Accents Yes
Colour Black/White
Weight (g) 570
Weight Of Pair Tested 570