Specialized lace-up Sub6 and S-Works 6 shoes announced

S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit in 11 sizes also debuts

Launching in tandem with the S-Works Venge ViAS aero road bike, Specialized’s Sub6 lace-up and S-Works 6 road shoes will soon hit the market. The California brand also has a new piece of aero clothing, the S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit.

Following on the heels of Giro and Bontrager, Specialized now has a hyper lightweight lace-up shoe in the S-Works Sub6, which it claims to be 170g per shoe.

Specialized S-Works Sub6 road shoe

As with the S-Works 6 shoe (see below), the last was adjusted for a slightly roomier toe box than previous Specialized road shoes. Material was removed from parts of the sole without sacrificing any stiffness, said Specialized’s lead shoe designer Rob Cook.

And work was done on the heel counter, which is narrower than previous Specialized shoes. “We rode prototypes without laces; just the heel counter held our feet in place no problem,” Cook said.

The 'warp sleeve' aero cover:
The 'warp sleeve' aero cover:

Finally, the sole and the heel counter are assembled like to jigsaw pieces, instead of the typical method of workers stretching the upper material over a last. This was done to better ensure repeatable fit, Cook said.

For the Sub6, Specialized has a laces cover it calls the Warp Sleeve.

The Sub6 shoes will retail for US$325 / £250 / AU$499.

Specialized S-Works 6 road shoe

The S-Works 6 uses uses a fabric called Dyneema, which is very light and forgiving but not stretchy. “The US space shuttle parachute was made with Dyneema,” Cook said.

Boa S2-Snap dials plus a Velcro strap secure the fit.

Weight per s-works 6 shoe is a claimed 205g:
Weight per s-works 6 shoe is a claimed 205g:

In the sole, titanium cleat nuts can be flipped for an additional 5mm of fore/aft adjustment beyond what the cleats themselves offer.

Like the Sub6, these shoes have a narrower, molded heel and a wider toe box.

An S-Works 6 shoe weighs a claimed 205g.

Retail for the S-Works 6 road shoes will be US$400 / £280 / AU$549.

The heel counter was redesigned to be narrower and more secure:
The heel counter was redesigned to be narrower and more secure:

Specialized S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit

The S-Work Evade GC skinsuit features seamless shoulders and a Dimplex fabric to reduce aerodynamic drag.

The front is reminiscent of Castelli’s San Remo skinsuit, which, when fully unzipped lets the chest flap open like a jersey. This design feature is more for nature stops than cooling, as the piece is designed to be ridden fully zipped up.

The s-works evade gc skinsuit
The s-works evade gc skinsuit

Three pockets mean this is a piece you can use for road racing, not just time trials.

The Evade GC skinsuit will come in a whopping 11 sizes, as a tight fit is critical for aero performance.

Retail for the skinsuit will be US$500 / £349 / AU$699.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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