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Specialized revamps S-Works shoes and aero helmet

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Specialized's new S-Works 7 shoes and Evade II aero helmet

Specialized's new S-Works 7 shoes and Evade II aero helmet (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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Like the S-Works 6, the 7 retains a short velcro strap on the toe-box

Like the S-Works 6, the 7 retains a short velcro strap on the toe-box (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The new sole uses a lattice shaped design that increases stiffness whilst reducing weight

The new sole uses a lattice shaped design that increases stiffness whilst reducing weight (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The soles also have a size specific carbon layup to minimise weight and keeping the same stiffness

The soles also have a size specific carbon layup to minimise weight and keeping the same stiffness (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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We like the inclusion of a substantail heel bumper

We like the inclusion of a substantail heel bumper (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The Dyneema mesh is trapped between layers of a 4-way stretch mesh

The Dyneema mesh is trapped between layers of a 4-way stretch mesh (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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Heel retention is done with Specialized's Padlock design, a small padded bar sits above your heel holding the back of the shoe in place when pedalling

Heel retention is done with Specialized's Padlock design, a small padded bar sits above your heel holding the back of the shoe in place when pedalling (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The S-Works 7's upper is created in one piece and laser cut to shape

The S-Works 7's upper is created in one piece and laser cut to shape (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The 7 shoes and Evade helmet are available in complementary colours

The 7 shoes and Evade helmet are available in complementary colours (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The Evade II comes in a few colours

The Evade II comes in a few colours (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The Evade II in white

The Evade II in white (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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And the Evade II in the outrageous 'Hyper Acid Lava' (

And the Evade II in the outrageous 'Hyper Acid Lava' ( (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The S-Works 7 shoes in all black

The S-Works 7 shoes in all black (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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That hyper acid lave colour is available for extroverts

That hyper acid lave colour is available for extroverts (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The new carbon sole is the stiffest (and lightest) that Specialized have made

The new carbon sole is the stiffest (and lightest) that Specialized have made (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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S-Works 7 comes in matte red

S-Works 7 comes in matte red (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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And also classic all-white

And also classic all-white (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The S-Works 7 shoes use Dyneema fabric for the upper

The S-Works 7 shoes use Dyneema fabric for the upper (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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18 / 36 The S-Works 7 shoes now have these rather neat alloy BOA dials

18 / 36 The S-Works 7 shoes now have these rather neat alloy BOA dials (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The new Specialized S-Works 7 shoes in the Hyper Acid Lava finish

The new Specialized S-Works 7 shoes in the Hyper Acid Lava finish (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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And of course you can get the new Evade II to match

And of course you can get the new Evade II to match (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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Three generations of S-Works shoes: the new 7, the 6 and the 5

Three generations of S-Works shoes: the new 7, the 6 and the 5 (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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This size 45 S-Works 7 shoe tip the scales at 253g

This size 45 S-Works 7 shoe tip the scales at 253g (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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This large Evade II helmet weighs 279g, shaving 35g from the previous model

This large Evade II helmet weighs 279g, shaving 35g from the previous model (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The Evade II uses a magnetic clasp

The Evade II uses a magnetic clasp (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The clasp is easy to use with one hand

The clasp is easy to use with one hand (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The Evade II's internal channelling is much deeper and there's much more space than the previous model

The Evade II's internal channelling is much deeper and there's much more space than the previous model (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The brow pad is set away from the EPS core to aid moisture wicking

The brow pad is set away from the EPS core to aid moisture wicking (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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These tips on the pads are designed to channel moisture pulling it away from your face

These tips on the pads are designed to channel moisture pulling it away from your face (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The original Evade's internals had much more contact with your head, not great for keeping you cool

The original Evade's internals had much more contact with your head, not great for keeping you cool (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The Evade II looks smaller and sharper edged when compared to the original Evade

The Evade II looks smaller and sharper edged when compared to the original Evade (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The front-facing vents are positioned in the same place as the original but they're bigger

The front-facing vents are positioned in the same place as the original but they're bigger (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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At the rear, the Evade II is similar to the previous version, but with larger exhaust ports

At the rear, the Evade II is similar to the previous version, but with larger exhaust ports (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The micro-adjust dial is built into at cradle that offers plenty of room for a ponytail

The micro-adjust dial is built into at cradle that offers plenty of room for a ponytail (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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Classy metal inserts now adorn the Evade II helmet

Classy metal inserts now adorn the Evade II helmet (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)
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The 'Acid Lava' colourway is available down to a size 36, as Specialized believes this one will be popular with women

The 'Acid Lava' colourway is available down to a size 36, as Specialized believes this one will be popular with women (Image credit: Warren Rossiter/Immediate Media)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Specialized’s highly regarded S-Works shoe has just been redone into its seventh evolution, and the Evade aero helmet is now in its second edition.

Specialized S-Works 7 road shoe

Specialized has spent years collating data from shoe fittings and used rider feedback to make some tweaks to the overall shape of the 7. The sole shape addds a 1.5-degree angle at the big toe side to slightly angle your foot. The outsole is designed so that stiffness is the same across the range of sizes (36-49).

Specialized applied a stiffness rating of 15 (the previous S-Works 6 was 13), which is a pretty arbitrary number, but rest assured it's stiffer than the previous one.

The new Specialized S-Works 7 shoes in the Hyper Acid Lava finish

Specialized used pressure mapping to shape the sole for fit. For weight reduction the company used a lattice design for the carbon to reduce weight and maintain stiffness.

The one-piece, laser-cut upper has a new, thermo-bonded attachment for the BOA dials and loops.

The offset tongue has some padding to address an issue some riders had with the 6.

The form-fit of the upper has also been adjusted with the slim through the mid-foot shape and heel leading into a forefoot with increased volume over the 6.

Heel retention is done with Specialized's Padlock design, a small padded bar sits above your heel holding the back of the shoe in place when pedalling

Specialized’s ‘padlock' heel internal shape was on the 6, where a small horizontal pad locked your heel into place. On the 7 Specialized switched to a more open shape and the material is smoother too.

The stand-out feature however is the new BOA S3-Snap dials, which are exclusive to Specialized for 2018. These CNC’d aluminum dials with a knurled textured grip offer two-way micro adjustment and are backed with a lifetime guarantee.

Specialized claim 224g for a size 42 shoe. We weighed a 45 at 253g.

The S-Works 7 shoes are available now for £330 / $400.

The S-Works 7 shoes now have these rather neat alloy BOA dials

Evade II shrinks for more airflow and aero

The original Evade was one of the trendsetters for aero helmets for road use. It proved itself fast in the tunnel and on the road, but after a few years the original Evade has started to show its age. The original wasn’t exactly the best-cooling helmet on the market. We found that the air flowed well into it but it did have the unique effect of getting a little warm and damp at the rear especially when putting the effort in on hot days.

With the Evade II the goal was to improve the aerodynamics and greatly improve the airflow and cooling with it.

The front-facing vents are positioned in the same place as the original but they're bigger

Put the Evade II side by side with the original and the differences (and similarities) are clear. First, the II is smaller in overall volume and the curvy organic shapes of the original are replaced with a more angular, sharper-lined helmet.

Whilst the original Evade was ‘proven’ in the wind tunnel, Specialized designed the Evade II in its 'win' tunnel, spending half the total R&D time on cooling airflow. Still, the new one is faster; Specialized claim 6 seconds faster over 40km.

To improve the airflow and cooling the internal shaping of the multi-density EPS core is radically different, with deep parallel internal channels running front to back. The deep section that sits at the base of your skull has been excavated into a much more open area for airflow.

The brow pad is set away from the EPS core to aid moisture wicking

Even the pads have been shaped to aid airflow and move moisture and sweat away from your face, with the brow pad set a little distance away from the shell to aid air-assisted wicking and the material designed to channel moisture around and away to the sides rather than straight down.

Fitting and adjustment is handled with a 5-point vertical adjusting rear cradle with a micro-adjust dial. The rear cradle also has a port for long hair.

The lightweight soft touch straps close using a magnetic clasp easy to used one handed and fast to undo too.

The multi-density EPS core is designed to put maximum protection where you need it and use lighter eps elsewhere. The core is reinforced with an internal aramid (that’s Kevlar without the trade name) skeleton. All of which has also helped the II drop a chunk of weight over the original down to 279g for a large compared to the originals 314g. That’s a pretty decent weight saving, especially when you consider more structure in the pad fittings and the magnetic clasp.

The Evade II is available now for £200 / $250.

The Evade II looks smaller and sharper edged when compared to the original Evade