Quick Look: Specialized Rime shoes

  • By Logan VonBokel
  • Published Mar. 5, 2012
  • Updated May. 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM EDT

The Specialized Rime shoe is forging a genre all its own within the mountain bike shoe category. Specialized’s latest creation does away with the carbon sole and the ultra light upper, but still holds on to the retention features of a $350 race shoe. Specialized has blended the BOA technology of their S-Works shoes with a hard Vibram sole that gives the average rider a bit more comfort on long all-mountain days. At $175 the Rime is positioned between the Comp and Pro level shoes, but packs a very different punch.

The Rime features the latest S2 BOA and two Velcro straps, making the Rime the least expensive BOA shoe in the Specialized mountain bike line by nearly $200. Lake, another manufacturer incorporating BOA technology offers their MX170 mountain bike shoes for under $200 with a BOA, though the MX170 is much more of an XC shoe rather than a Trail shoe. Out of the box, the Rimes do not catch the eye as a fashionable addition to one’s wardrobe. They look like your average trail shoes, but the secureness of their fit will impress even the snobbiest of fashion connoisseur.

At 420 grams a shoe (size 43), the Rime is about 100 grams heavier than similarly priced shoes. The cost reflects the versatility of the Vibram sole mixed with the BOA technology. The shoe is clearly no lightweight, but we hope its comfort on the trail for a long day will make the sacrifice worthwhile. Around the office we find the Vibram soles to be very grabby and surprisingly stiff, but check back for our full review of the Rime.

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Logan VonBokel

Logan VonBokel

Equally at home on a mountain bike above treeline and chasing down moves in the heat and humidity of a Midwest criterium, Logan Vonbokel is something of an oddity in cycling. Since he first swung a leg over a road bike as a freshman in high school, Logan has been a lover of both cutting-edge technological innovations and the clean lines of classic handmade bikes. Logan joined the tech team in May 2012, bringing with him nearly a decade of high-caliber road racing experience and his undying love for the mud, cowbells, and culture of cyclocross. Logan still races at the Cat. 2 level on the road and in cyclocross, and carries a seldom-used Cat. 1 mountain bike license.

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