Unreleased Specialized S-Works shoes and helmet spotted

Australian racing kicks off the road season with new gear

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.

As-yet-unannounced Specialized S-Works shoes and helmets popped up at the Cycling Australian Road National Championships, which got the pro road racing season underway last week.

Bora-Hansgrohe rider Jay McCarthy finished second overall in the Men’s elite race in Ballarat wearing a new helmet and shoes from Specialized.

In the eye-catching green of the German-registered team, McCarthy appeared to be wearing an updated version of the popular S-Works 6 shoe.

The heel cup on the shoe seems to be lower than the one on the S-Works 6 model
The heel cup on the shoe seems to be lower than the one on the S-Works 6 model

A similar design to the current incarnation of the shoe, the new model also features as-yet-unseen Boa dials, and they have a smaller Velcro strap further down the shoe. The dials also seem slightly tweaked in position, further to the outer side of the shoe.

The new Boa dials look to be significantly larger than the existing dials and contrast the shoe design in a frosted white.

In the same green team as the shoes, McCarthy also wore a new aero lid that appears to be an update on the existing S-Works Evade model. The new design features a new ventilation format and loses two of the larger air vents on the top of the helmet.

Although the new helmet appears to have limited ventilation, it didn't cause any problems for McCarthy in the hot Australian summer
Although the new helmet appears to have limited ventilation, it didn't cause any problems for McCarthy in the hot Australian summer

Launched in 2013, the Specialized Evade helmet has been worn during grand tour and monument victories, as well as all three of Peter Sagan’s world championship titles.

We contacted Specialized for further information and will update this story in due course.

Be sure to visit Cyclingnews for full coverage of the Tour Down Under and all the other major road races in the world in 2018.

A look at the front profile of the new helmet
A look at the front profile of the new helmet

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