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Specialized lace-up Sub6 and S-Works 6 shoes announced

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The Specialized S-Works Sub6 weighs a claimed 170g

The Specialized S-Works Sub6 weighs a claimed 170g (Image credit: Courtesy)
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The 'Warp Sleeve' aero cover

The 'Warp Sleeve' aero cover (Image credit: Jason Sumner)
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The S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit

The S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit (Image credit: Courtesy)
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Three pockets on the S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit

Three pockets on the S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit (Image credit: Jason Sumner)
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A top view of the new, narrower heel counter

A top view of the new, narrower heel counter (Image credit: Jason Sumner)
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The heel counter was redesigned to be narrower and more secure

The heel counter was redesigned to be narrower and more secure (Image credit: Jason Sumner)
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Weight per S-Works 6 shoe is a claimed 205g

Weight per S-Works 6 shoe is a claimed 205g (Image credit: Jason Sumner)
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The darker fabric is Dyneema, a light and pliable but not stretchy material

The darker fabric is Dyneema, a light and pliable but not stretchy material (Image credit: Jason Sumner)
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The Specialized S-Works 6 shoes features Boa S2-Snap dials

The Specialized S-Works 6 shoes features Boa S2-Snap dials (Image credit: Jason Sumner)
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No shoulder seams on the S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit

No shoulder seams on the S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit (Image credit: Courtesy)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar 

Launching in tandem with the S-Works Venge ViAS aero road bike, Specialized's Sub6 lace-up and S-Works 6 road shoes will soon hit the market. The California brand also has a new piece of aero clothing, the S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit

Following on the heels of Giro and Bontrager, Specialized now has a hyper lightweight lace-up shoe in the S-Works Sub6, which it claims to be 170g per shoe.

Specialized S-Works Sub6 road shoe

As with the S-Works 6 shoe (see below), the last was adjusted for a slightly roomier toe box than previous Specialized road shoes. Material was removed from parts of the sole without sacrificing any stiffness, said Specialized's lead shoe designer Rob Cook.

And work was done on the heel counter, which is narrower than previous Specialized shoes. "We rode prototypes without laces; just the heel counter held our feet in place no problem," Cook said.

Finally, the sole and the heel counter are assembled like to jigsaw pieces, instead of the typical method of workers stretching the upper material over a last. This was done to better ensure repeatable fit, Cook said.

For the Sub6, Specialized has a laces cover it calls the Warp Sleeve.

The Sub6 shoes will retail for US$325 / £299 / AU$499.

Specialized S-Works 6 road shoe

The S-Works 6 uses uses a fabric called Dyneema, which is very light and forgiving but not stretchy. "The US space shuttle parachute was made with Dyneema," Cook said.

Boa S2-Snap dials plus a Velcro strap secure the fit.

In the sole, titanium cleat nuts can be flipped for an additional 5mm of fore/aft adjustment beyond what the cleats themselves offer.

Like the Sub6, these shoes have a narrower, moulded heel and a wider toe box.

An S-Works 6 shoe weighs a claimed 205g.

Retail for the S-Works 6 road shoes will be US$400 / £369 / AU$549.

Specialized S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit

Three pockets mean this is a piece you can use for road racing, not just time trials.

The Evade GC skinsuit will come in a whopping 11 sizes, as a tight fit is critical for aero performance.

Retail for the skinsuit will be US$500 / £349 / AU$699.

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