Road cyclists shaving their legs is one extreme of this highly competitive sport, but aerodynamic shoes which carve chunks out of sector times? That sounds a bit far fetched and yet, this is exactly what bike manufacturer Specialized are claiming.
Chris Yu who heads the Aero R&D department for Specialized explains in their latest video that the S-Works SUB6 shoe can save riders up to 35-seconds over a 40km distance. The shoe works by using smooth minimalistic lines paired with a covered lace area. Working in unison with Specialized’s renowned (and expensive) aero-tested bikes, cycling kit, shaved legs and SUB6 shoes, a rider should see vast improvements in theory.
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Some are calling the claim an outlandish statement from the company who have not tested the SUB6 against a competitor’s shoe. We’ll let you guys watch the video and decide for yourself.
Hot tip: If you want aerodynamic cycling shoes and don’t want to pay for it, wrap your standard shoes in cling wrap.