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