2010 Specialized S-Works Tour de France Peek

2010 Specialized S-Works Tour de France Peek

specialized_sworks_shoe2010cFabian Cancellara is rolling out more than yellow jerseys in this year’s tour. He’s also giving the world a sneak peek at the new Specialized S-Works road shoe for 2010.

The Tour de France always showcases an expo of hot and exciting new road gear and Specialized shoe is one of the outstanding products. That’s because a second Boa lacing dial has been added to the enclosure system. Now the shoe is tightened entirely with two of these enclosures.

In 2010, the Boa lacing system will be called the S1. This new version uses a smaller, lighter, lower-profile reel. The Boa S1 can be loosened as well as tightened without pressing a button to release or specialized_sworks_shoe2010dunwind the lace.

This new feature makes allows riders the freedom to make more micro-adjustments on the fly than the previous version.

Specialized makes bold claims on the shoe’s weight. They say it’s the lightest production shoe with a mechanical closure – 225 grams. With the weight reduced from 2009, sole stiffness is bolstered too. Text near the toe notes a stiffness index degree of 12. Really? Sounds like an inside joke here. Maybe Specialized is poking fun at Bontrager, maybe they are just full of it, but the sole appears thinner than last years model too.

The lacing system made a TV debut on Versus during their North American coverage. Cycling Shoes Online has a link to that video here.

specialized_sworks_shoe2010bNew mesh panels on the toe box, tongue and outer mid-foot should improve foot ventilation, but the shoe appears to remain enclosed. No word yet from Cancellara on how well the shoe really feels.

The S-Works shoe will premiere this fall at Interbike — but may not be in stores until winter.

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3 Responses to “2010 Specialized S-Works Tour de France Peek”

  1. Julia says:

    Please let me know where I can get this 2010 Saxo bank shoe!

    Thank you

  2. Danno says:

    How does the shoe size compare to the S-Works Pro. The S1 uses soft leather and I herd you should buy them 1/2 size smaller. Any comment on shoe size.

  3. Grant says:

    I own a pair of the 2010 S-Works, and yes, they do feel slightly bigger than the 2009 model. I wear a super small size. Mens 39. I probably could fit a 38. So I would say, go a half size down.

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