Standing up well. Reader review by Rob Symes.

Product Overview

Specialized Tahoe shoe


Specialized Tahoe shoe review


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Specialized Tahoe mountain bike shoes are designed to deliver rugged and dependable off-road performance especially if your rides see a good deal of hiking.

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Reader review by Rob Symes | Trail/enduro rider

First impressions of the shoe?

Like a trainer, you could probably wear them out and nobody would bat an eyelid.

How is the fit of the shoe – ie narrow, wide, normal etc?

Normal to wide fit.

How stiff is the sole?

Yes quite stiff, I’d say 7-8/10.

What is the retention system (laces, BOA dial etc), and how has it performed thus far?

Laces, as above the laces are fine but slightly more “faff” than the older Tahoe lace/velcro version

How are the shoes off the bike for walking etc?

Very good for walking, cleat is recessed so there’s no poking into your foot, you could probably walk all day in them if needed.

Performance and durability – how long have you had these shoes? Which features are good/bad, and how well have they stood up to use?

I’m doing 40-50 miles a week in them and, like my old Specialized Tahoe they’re standing up well.

One of the best things about them, is also the worst. The old Tahoe had a Velcro strap which you used to secure the top of the shoe in place, which was in all fairness a bit annoying as it made the laces dig in a bit. The new ones don’t have any kind of velcro strap! But this also means that you need to do the laces up a bit tighter and then that cuts into you slightly. There’s also a bit of elastic to tuck the laces under which is handy but also I find the laces floating about mid-ride sometimes.

The bases feel solid and supportive, no complaints there and I expect to use these for 4-5k miles like my previous set with no hassle.

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Verdict: 8/10


Features:Body Geometry sole construction and footbed. Stiff Lollipop inner plate.
Outsole:SlipNot rubber compound
Closure:Laces with Lacelock retainer