Specialized launched a selection of new soft goods along with the 2017 Enduro last week. Included in the launch were the ClipLite Lace shoe and Ambush Comp helmet described below. But first, there’s this special edition Crankworx S-Works Enduro frame, available in very limited quantities in both 29 and 27.5 versions.
If you want one, contact your Specialized dealer–like, yesterday.
Specialized Ambush Comp Helmet
We’re fans of Specialized’s Ambush helmet, and now there’s a lower-cost option in the form of the Ambush Comp. The Comp shares the same silhouette as the Ambush, but consists of a one-piece in-molded shell rather than the four-piece construction of the original Ambush. It also uses single-density foam, and a simpler retention system. The Comp will retail for $120, as opposed to $180 for the original Ambush. Specialized doesn’t have official weights yet, but helmets should be available next month.
Specialized ClipLite Lace Shoe
Another new item from Specialized, the ClipLite Lace shares the same last as the ClipLite, but has laces instead of Boa dials. The outsole uses the same SlipNot rubber as Specialized’s 2FO flat pedal shoes. Specialized developed this shoe both to address a lower price point (they’ll retail for $120), and to satisfy buyers who don’t like Boas. The shoe has a narrow last, so sizing is unisex, but the smaller sizes will come in a more ‘feminine’ color. Claimed weight for a size-42 pair is 375 grams, and they’ll be available in November.
The pair we’ve been riding feels true to size, and definitely on the narrower side of the spectrum. The shoe has a nice amount of flex–nowhere near the stiffness of a carbon-soled XC slipper, but gives plenty of support for long days in the saddle. There’s no engagement interference whatsoever from the outsole with the XT Trail pedals we’ve been running.
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