In cyclocross, you're off your bike multiple times a lap, leaping to shoulder your rig, hop a barrier, or run up a hill. As such, treaded soles are requisite, and most riders now step into shoes made for mountain biking. Watch for over-aggressive tread, however, as the constant on/off of CX demands nimble pedal clip-in/clip-out. A high-end model like the S-Works, which has a carbon sole and weighs just 335 grams (in Euro size 42), has the perfect low-profile tread. The S-Works' sole has screw-in cleats under the toes and a twist-to-tighten BOA closure cinches the Specialized shoe on for fit. The synthetic leather upper with mesh windows is breathable and tough.
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