Thursday, July 30, 2015

Specialized 2FO Cliplite

2FO Clip on the left and 2FO ClipLite on the Right
Here is a post based on our visit out to Specialized this week and being able to demo not only bikes but shoes and helmets as well.  The Specialized 2FO Cliplite (and 2FO Clip) shoe:

Designed for pushing the limits of Enduro racing or Trail riding, the 2FO Cliplite delivers pedal connection, comfort, and protection as you race down the trail. This ultra-light version of the popular 2FO Clip is engineered for smooth pedal entry and exit thanks to the Landing Strip cleat pocket, meaning you can focus on going fast on the descent, without the weight penalty for your climb back to the top. It’s foot out, flat out—on a diet.
  • Body Geometry sole construction and footbed: ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to boost power, increase efficiency, and reduce chance of injury by optimizing hip, knee, and foot alignment.
  • Landing Strip™ cleat pocket is optimized for effortless foot-out riding style with platform clip pedals.
  • Two independent Boa® S2-Snap dials for easy adjustment, backed by the Boa® Lifetime Guarantee.
  • Stiff Lollipop™ nylon composite plate for high performance pedaling and off bike comfort.
  • SlipNot™ rubber sole for confident traction.
  • Asymmetric toe box protection where you need it.
  • Extended length cleat slot (4mm) for rearward cleat set up option.
  • Smooth thermobonded upper for lightweight durability and a snag-free profile.
  • Cushioned EVA midsole for comfort with molded heel cup for stability.
  • Standard Fit last for a balance of pedal feel and off-bike comfort.
  • Two-bolt cleat pattern fits all major MTB pedals.
  • Approximate weight: 379g (1/2 pair, size 42)
Time for some honesty here - when I first saw them I thought to myself (and probably told Chris or Tom) that I will stick with my standard Mountain Bike shoes.  Our Inside Sales Rep Glenn convinced me to give them a shot just to see how they worked since they were there and they were free to try.  The old man in me gave up the stubborn battle and Boa'ed them up (we had the Cliplite with the Boa closure system) and I am so glad I did because I will be ordering a pair when I get back home for sure!  They were very comfortable, light, and supportive on the trail.  Hopefully I never find out how good they are when Hike-A-Bike comes around but in the walking around the demo area that I did they felt great!

We are back from California and the 2015 Specialized Retailer Release and learned a lot about the 2016 Model Year line from Specialized so keep an eye out on the blog for more information on our favorite bikes and apparel and accessories in the coming weeks!
3687 Walden Avenue
Lancaster, NY 14086
(716) 651-9995

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