Freshies: Specialized drops a new lightweight XC shoe and upgrades their XC tire range

Today Specialized introduced their lightest ever off-road shoe, the 231g S-Works Exos Evo. Additionally their tried and tested XC tire range gets a casing and compound upgrade with taller ‘motocross-inspired’ knoblies to boot. Here’s the official word from Morgan Hill HQ.


Introducing the S-Works EXOS EVO, the lightest off-road shoe we’ve ever created.

Freshies: Specialized drops a new lightweight XC shoe and upgrades their XC tire range
The new S-Works EXOS EVO off-road shoe carries a stiffness index of 13 which is the brand’s highest rating.

Our world-class design team developed a proprietary Dyneema® layup that drastically lowered the weight of the upper while simultaneously maximizing strength and increasing pliancy to create a 231g featherweight racing shoe for all-terrain, with none of the weight. The Dyneema® layup creates an upper that weighs less and fits better while being more resilient to stretch and wear. The unique properties of this layup result in a shoe that is light, strong, and supple. To secure the foot we’ve used the newly released BOA®Li2 dial, featuring an increased level of micro-adjustment, a lower profile, and a refined ergonomic design to give our riders the ability to precisely tune their fit. We’ve paired this precision fit with a reimagined toe box, which uses a sleeve that stretches comfortably over the top of the toes and forefoot while maintaining room for movement and flexion.

Freshies: Specialized drops a new lightweight XC shoe and upgrades their XC tire range
Claimed weight is 231g and the price tag is R7500.

Utilizing the special characteristics of Dyneema® Cubi Tech, we’ve done away with the weight and bulk of a traditional molded heel counter. Our designers and engineers maximized the layering properties of this fabric to create a heel pocket that simulates the vertical rigidity essential in a heel counter while allowing the shoe to mold and shape to the foot for superior fit and comfort with a drastic reduction in weight. The S-Works EXOS EVO features the Specialized XC FACT carbon sole which is our stiffest and lightest off-road plate to date.

We built a protective toe bumper into the S-Works EXOS EVO and added an additional layer of TPU around the shoulder of the shoe to give riders the protection and confidence to keep pushing it when the trail heads downhill. Like all our shoes, the S-Works EXOS EVO is built on the foundation of Body Geometry—to boost power, increase efficiency, and reduce the risk of injury by optimizing hip, knee, and foot alignment. With a proprietary Dyneema® upper that comfortably wraps the foot without compromising hold, it’s also the most comfortable XC race shoe we’ve ever made. More


New Treads for Golden Shred

Freshies: Specialized drops a new lightweight XC shoe and upgrades their XC tire range
Reigning Elite Men’s World Champion Jordan Sarrou puts the new tires to the test at the Albstadt World Cup.

Building on our already incredible casing and rubber technologies, our XC tires—the Renegade, Fast Trak, and Ground Control—now provide even more grip and reliability thanks to new treads designed, developed, and tested by the fastest XCO racers in the world. They deliver the speed you need to launch up hills and the extra grip you want to rocket to the finish line in any conditions, rain or shine.

Freshies: Specialized drops a new lightweight XC shoe and upgrades their XC tire range
The new block-in-block design increases grip and stability, with raised knobs inspired by motocross tires. The outer structure supports the inner block for a planted ride feel and stable handling.

Choose your tread | The Renegade is light, fast, and provides mind-blowing acceleration on hardpack terrain. The Fast Trak is the go-to tire for XC racing in mixed conditions. Go from gnarly features to hardpack with stable handling and minimal risk of puncture. The Ground Control is the ultimate all-season XC tire. Upfront, it will guarantee extra grip in muddy conditions to bring it to the finish line. 

Choose your casing | Three casing options for all types of terrain and riding styles. S-Works casing is designed for riders seeking the lightest and most supple casing, when fast is everything. This is our lightest casing for the rider looking to shave weight everywhere possible. Control casing offers a bit more puncture protection yet is still light enough for race day. It’s designed for the rider who wants to be at maximum speed up and down. Grid casing is light and supple with extra sidewall protection for rugged terrain and is the perfect casing for the Epic EVO rider.

Choose your rubber compound | Following the success of our T9 rubber in our trail tires, we’re thrilled to share our T5, T7, and T5/T7 combo. T is for Tread compound. The number? It’s all about the damping—more damping means more grip but less speed. T5 and T7 are the perfect balance for the XC rider and here’s why:

Freshies: Specialized drops a new lightweight XC shoe and upgrades their XC tire range
T5 is the ultimate XC compound, with side lugs built for race-day speed and excellent wear and tear protection.
Freshies: Specialized drops a new lightweight XC shoe and upgrades their XC tire range
T5/T7 features both compounds in the casing, with T5 in the center for minimum rolling resistance and T7 on the side lugs for a smoother ride and better damping.
Freshies: Specialized drops a new lightweight XC shoe and upgrades their XC tire range
T7 is ideal for alpine XC terrain, providing extra grip with minimal added rolling resistance and more damping to absorb vibration and smooth the ride while maintaining speed up and down.

Hit up Specialized.com to see the entire range and pricing.



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