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Video First Look: Specialized S-Works Recon - £325 MTB, CX and gravel/adventure shoes

£325 Specialized S-Works Recon shoes - worth the money?

If you’re dabbling in some mountain biking, cyclocross or adventure and gravel riding this winter, you might need some new shoes. And if you’re feeling flush (because they cost £325!) these brand new Specialized S-Works Recon shoes might be right up your street.

They’re essentially an off-road version of the new S-Works 7 road shoe released earlier this year. There’s lots of shared technology, from the CNC machined BOA dials to the  Dyneema Mesh upper and PadLock heel cup. The sole is still made from ruddy stiff carbon fibre but is equipped with a 2-bolt cleat set up and aggressive tread lugs for grip in the mud.

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To quote Specialized, they say they have been “ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to boost power, increase efficiency, and reduce your risk of injury“.

Oh, and they cost £325. Not cheap then, but are they worth the money? Our pals at will be putting them through their paces so watch out for a review soon, but for now here’s a video first look.

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- Specialized say the new S-WORKS Recon is “The Fastest Shoe on Dirt"

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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mike the bike | 5 years ago


It won't be a big seller over here, where "recon" is often seen as the abbreviation for "reconditioned".  I like my shoes new.

Organon replied to mike the bike | 5 years ago

mike the bike wrote:


It won't be a big seller over here, where "recon" is often seen as the abbreviation for "reconditioned".  I like my shoes new.

Where is 'over here' I wonder. I think recon in this context is short for reconnoitre, a quite quite common word. Unless you are after some high end rubber wear?

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