My rapid descent into off-road obsession has got me into a new
pair of shoes. I currently wear the
S-Works 6 Road shoes and really like them. Super stiff, very
light and really comfortable. What more can you ask for? So was
thrilled to see they do an
XC version as well
The good news is they are close brothers; its pretty much a road
upper mounted to a MTB sole. The cleat plates are titanium; the Boa
system is as good as on the road shoes.
The sole has something called a FACT plate in it and has
stiffness rating of 13 (we have long gone past "turning it to
I love all these numbers and ratings - no one has any idea what
13 really means!
All I can say is that they are very stiff indeed!
Performance offroad is great, as you would expect. It's a £310
pair of XC shoes. They should be amazing. But I have
really liked them. Within two rides they felt like a well worn pair
of slippers. Immensely comfy, and I never get any form of hot spots
or pressure points on them.
What has proven a revelation to me is how good they are as a
commuting shoe. Despite the fact that I wear away all my road shoe
soles and cleats with the endless stop and start of London life I
have never wanted a pair of MTB shoes. I had ideas that they would
be heavy and clunky. These are anything but; and the ease with
which you can engage and disengage on MTB double sided SPDs is a
god-send in town.
So I started off buying them for gravel ride purposes only, but
they have very quickly become my main shoes and I will leave road
race shoes for weekends and big events.
If I cycled from one shop to another in a pair of jeans I would
just leave them on all day. Which is not something I can do on the
The fact that I bought these as a novelty/niche pair of shoes
and they are so good they have now become my main pair of shoes
tells you all you need to know about them.