Specialized Expert Road shoes review£160.00

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BikeRadar score4/5

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.

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  • Discipline: Road
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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