No sport is obsessed with saving weight like cycling, whether it’s a few grams on a carbon fibre bottle cage or tactically planning a toilet break to ensure your bladder is empty at the start of the race. For some people, you can never be light enough!
Specialized has unveiled a brand new product aimed at those of us who count every last gram before departing on a bike ride. It has created what is claimed to be the world’s lightest cycling shoe, the S-Works EXOS 99, weighing in at a minuscule 99g!
Limited to 500 pairs worldwide the shoes use Dyneema Mesh extensively across the upper surface, clips and quick fastening systems have been sacrificed for weight saving laces.
NASA developed Dyneema for use in parachutes and wingsuits, the material is incredibly light and is stretch resistant making it perfect for cycling shoes. Specialized has long been the leader for Dyneema applications in the cycling industry but never before has it been used as extensively as in these shoes
Ultralightweight carbon fibre is used for the sole of the shoe to ensure maximum stiffness while helping to keep the shoe’s weight down. But, before you think about ordering a pair, you need to know the price. Weighing in at a not so little £600 they will even lighten your wallet!
Specialized is also launching a more consumer-friendly S-Works EXOS model, costing £450 and weighing in at 150g per shoe, they also add a Boa dial instead of laces for quick and easy adjustment.
While not exactly cheap these could prove a great option for keen riders with deep pockets, for the rest of us we will have to continue to get by with the extra grams on our feet!