Even though we’ve never used the original pair of Specialized’s 2FO shoes, we’ve read and heard quite a bit about how good they were on and off the bike. The original 2FO’s are available for both platform and clipless, and according to our trusted sources, they fit great and was stiff with just enough flex for the occasional hike in Bukit Timah’s steeper climbs.
We love that monster green 😀
And now, new for 2016, the brand new 2FO Clip Lite is an evolution that shaves a couple of grams per shoe, and instead of laces, it features the flawless BOA retention system. Available in 4 colors and made with enduro and gravity riders in mind, the new 2FO Clip Lite seems to be the ultimate performance clipless shoes for those who demand nothing less.
- Body Geometry sole construction and footbed: ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to boost power, increase efficiency, and reduce chance of injury by optimizing hip, knee, and foot alignment.
- Landing Strip™ cleat pocket is optimized for effortless foot-out riding style with platform clip pedals.
- Two independent Boa® S2-Snap dials for easy adjustment, backed by the Boa® Lifetime Guarantee.
- Stiff Lollipop™ nylon composite plate for high performance pedaling and off bike comfort.
- SlipNot™ rubber sole for confident traction.
- Asymmetric toe box protection where you need it.
- Extended length cleat slot (4mm) for rearward cleat set up option.
- Smooth thermobonded upper for lightweight durability and a snag-free profile.
- Cushioned EVA midsole for comfort with molded heel cup for stability.
- Standard Fit last for a balance of pedal feel and off-bike comfort.
- Two-bolt cleat pattern fits all major MTB pedals.
- Approximate weight: 379g (1/2 pair, size 42)
The inner side of the shoe has a clean look that we really like. We’re assuming that the small square of cushion helps to reduce impact from your crank arms, and everything else is out of the way. The slim profile and the chunky sole gives the 2FO a rather unique silhouette, and blurs the line between a pair of skate shoes and top shelf XC shoes.
For those who has never heard of the BOA system, it’s a retention system which uses mechanical dial that pulls a loop of wire tight across the shoe. Using the BOA system is ultra easy, and tightening (or loosening) your shoes requires only a few turns of the dials, and you can even adjust the fit on the fly while you’re riding. If you’ve used a pair of shoes with the BOA system before, you’ll quickly realize that the BOA S2 Snap dial system on the 2FO is different as you no longer have to lift the dial to release wire.
This is where your cleats will spend the rest of it’s life. The new 2FO Clip Lite has an extended cleat slot allows you to position your cleats further back, which definitely helps if you’re riding involves a lot of downhill runs. Personally, I position my cleats as far back as possible cos I find it to be more stable in rough situations. The soles are made with the same Slip Not compound which are found on the original 2FO.
The 2FO is designed to clip in and out with ease, with a deep cleat recess that Specialized calls the Landing Strip, helps guide the cleats straight into the pedals. The area where the sole rests on the pedal are smooth for maximum contact, while the heel definitely looks like it has enough grip if you’re off the bike.
We’re really digging the clean look of the top of the shoes. Playing around with the BOA dials, I can see how easy it would be to fine tune the fit while riding. Our feet usually expands when it gets hot and being able to loosen or tighten the shoes without stopping can be a huge deal for some riders.
Unfortunately, there are no ventilation holes near the toe box, which can be both a good thing or a bad thing. The good thing is your feet will probably stay dry during wet days, and the bad thing is it’ll probably be a little warm under the blistering afternoon sun. Your toes also get some extra protection with the extended sole that covers jut at the right places.
We’ll be putting the new 2FO CLip Lite through some really awesome terrain in the next coming months and we’ll write back on our thoughts both on and off the bike. In the meantime, if you’re on the hunt for a pair of new clipless shoes, think no further and forward this link to that special person as a hint for your own Christmas gift 😀 Happy trails everyone!