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.
|Name||Expert Road Shoe|
|Available Colours||Black/Red Black/White|
|Shoe Size Tested||44|
|Shoe Features||3-Hole SPD-SL Compatable|
|Hook And Loop Straps||No|
|Moulded Heel Counter||Yes|
|Re-inforced Toe Box||Yes|
|Sole Type||Carbon Reinforced Nylon Outsole|
|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|
|Features||Boa IP1 dial, FACT carbon composit sole, replacable heel bumper|
|Weight Of Pair Tested||570|