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    Best Cycling Shoes

    The best new road and mountain cleats. 

    —Aaron Gulley

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    Shimano SH-R260

    BEST FOR: Feeling Fast

    Shimano says that by slightly increasing the cant of the toes and simultaneously locking the heel in place, this shoe ($300) improves pedaling efficiency and reduces fatigue on long rides. Hard to say if it made us faster, but testers loved the svelte new profile and trimmer weight. 9.4 oz

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    Lake CX237

    BEST FOR: Hard-to-Fit Feet

    Microadjustment features on the CX237’s ($280) Boa system make it easy to hone the fit 
on this carbon-soled racer. Extremely supple leather adds to the comfort of this 
no-nonsense, high-end shoe with a clean, classic look. 9.4 oz

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    Giro Republic

    BEST FOR: Touring and Urban Riding

    Though it’s intended for riding the road, the Republic ($150) is built around an SPD pedal (read: MTB variety), so the cleat is neatly recessed for easy walking. Replaceable rubber pads on the outsole mean no slip-sliding at café stops or on tricky gravel sections when out touring. 10.1 oz

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    Pearl Izumi X-Project 2.0

    BEST FOR: Adventure Riders

    A carbon midsole that runs the length of the X-Project ($210) makes it impressively rigid when you’re pedaling. But there’s a secret weapon: a flexible plate at the ball of the foot for walking comfort. We appreciated that give on long days of backcountry hike-a-bike. Our only gripe: you can’t replace the lugs when they wear out. 12.6 oz

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    Five Ten Maltese Race

    BEST FOR: Slick Rock, Enduro Runs

    The climbing-shoe-grade rubber on the sole, rand, and toe box make billy-goating down steep, rocky terrain a much less dicey proposition. The only downside to all that rubber (and the oversize Velcro straps): it gets a bit stuffy in hot weather ($140). 14.4 oz

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    Specialized S-Works XC

    BEST FOR: Shaming the Competition

    This narrow-fit, flashy shoe ($400) is so lightweight, it feels a bit like cheating. We loved the accuracy of the dual Boa closure but also appreciated the bottom Velcro strap, which keeps the toe box from stretching. 11.2 oz

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