Strengths: The fit is great and the soles are the right stiffness for varying terrain.
Weaknesses: The buckle is awful, it doesn't ratchet well and I can't get it to lock down to feel secure which is important when you are riding technical terrain.
My previous pair of comps were perfect, with the velcro closures. I have a pair of specialized road shoes which have a fantastic buckle system which actually works so I know that they can produce one. Overall I am very disappointed in these shoes and will look for an alternative the next time I am buying mtb shoes.
I got these for $40 on sale from LBS in spring of 2012, LBS says they wanted to get rid of them because no one was buying brown shoes. Me I dont care and the less colorful the better to me.
I wore them for a few months loved them. Far more comfortable than the adidas I was replacing. Im not a big fan of the slide in clip buckle, wish the top strap was just velcro, but whatever.
Here in NC we went through a rainy period that lasted about a week and a half a month or so ago. Alot of trails run through creeks and small streams that were now swollen torrents but I ride in the rain, I dont really care. crossing the creeks my feet / shoes got saturated. Ive been mtb'ing close to 15 years never had a problem with shoes. Ive even crossed small rivers in water waiste high with my bike over my head. (that was fun but only once in a while) but for some reason these shoes didnt dry out properly and smelled gawd-aweful mildew. I soaked them in bucket of woolite, then a bucket of oxi-clean. Ive taken out the soles and washed them in the washing machine. put the shoes in a backpack and stuck them in the dryer. lysoled to death still cant rid this mildew. this is crazy sheet.
After a month of this smell I took out the soles again and noticed, under the sole there are a bunch of loose strings taped down with masking tape. I noticed the masking tape was still wet. so I removed the wet soggy tape. cut the loose strings with nail clippers and that seemed to have reduced the smell ten fold. im not waiting for them to dry out after removing the tape. ive taken out the soles which dont really hold a smell and waiting for them to fully dry. I sprayed some more lysol. i think this should do it.
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2012
Strengths: Strong, easy to adjust, pretty light, comfortabel sole, good quality material
Weaknesses: BUCKLE!!! buckle is finicky, its not to bad once youve done it a few times, water seeps in a little and i found the tounge to be a bit sharp and cut my angle but nothin some thinker socks cant fix
Good quality shoe, a good first pair of clip less shoes.
a Weekend Warrior
from Berthoud, CO
Date Reviewed: February 1, 2012
Strengths: Comfortable, stiff
Weaknesses: None so far
I have a fairly wide foot and these fit me like a glove - nice roomy toe box (which could be a minus for folks with narrow feet). Definitely the most comfy SPD compatible shoes I have ridden in so far. I was having some issues with my left knee that seem to have gone away since I switched to these - I think the ergo-footbed is working for me. I don't have enough miles on these to speak to long-term durability, but so far I love em'.
a Weekend Warrior
from Castaic, CA
Date Reviewed: January 22, 2012
Strengths: Super comfortable and durable. Easy to get in and out with the strap and buckle system. Metal cleats help during those rugged hike-a-bike efforts. I have ridden with on average of 4 to 6 days a week for well over 3 years and they are still going although the right buckle spring just recently gave up. The buckle still works so I keep using them. Larger toe-box than many eurostyle MTB shoes. The footbeds on the Comps are a little more cushy than those on the Sport models, the Sport model doesn't have a provision for the toe cleats in the sole, and the Sport model is not quite as stiff (I also own a pair of the Sport model).
Weaknesses: The plastic toe protection on the left shoe was a little wonky from the get-go and stuck up a little right in the center. I trimmed it off with a single edge razor blade, but it left a small area for dirt to accumulate. It's mostly a cosmetic issue. Also, the stock straps are quite long so I trimmed them a little shorter and they don't catch on bushes and rocks anymore. Although many parts are available, I am surprised that wear item like the cleats are not available anywhere I could find. The stock metal tipped ones lasted for a couple years, but now I have been regulated to using plastic ones for soccer cleats that don't last as long.
In spite of a few very minor issues, I love these shoes. I have put them through way more than I have expected them to survive and they are still my everyday riding shoes. Considering what I have put them through, they are an excellent value and I will buy another pair in a heartbeat.
Weaknesses: Ratchets fell apart, customer service is horrible
These shoes were ok until the cheap buckles failed 5 months in. Then they wanted me to pay $20 a piece to replace them. CRAP CRAP CRAP I contacted the Specialized support and they guided me to a place on-line to buy them. Obviusly this company has no idea what good customer services is and that good customer service will save your business when you make cheap cheap cheap products.
If you want to see what the customer service team had to say then check the forums. I posted it there.
If there was a zero chili rating, Specialized as a company would get it.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Jose, CA
Date Reviewed: October 14, 2011
Strengths: Comfortable, Stiff
Weaknesses: SL buckle
I really liked these shoes until the ratcheting SL buckle broke and I have not been able to get a replacement. The Specialized web site has said "out of stock" for months. Local dealers do not carry this $15 part. So buy this shoe if you want invest in a product you can't use. Thanks for takling my money Spec. Can't believe you would want to lose customers over a $15 replacement part.
Best mtb show I've owned for the price. I got mine on sale for 90 or $100. I raced for 4 or 5 years with them and have since put on thousands and thousands of miles in Utah, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. They are fanstastic. I bought my pair in 2003 and I still use them 4-5 times per week. I've now decided to look for a new pair but hate to part with them. If you read this b/c you're looking for good value, buy these shoes.
a Cross Country Rider
from Kansas City
Date Reviewed: December 29, 2010
Strengths: Stiffer footbed than previous versions of the Comp and the newer sole design has less chances for fall engagement. The Body Geometry design works well for me.
Weaknesses: Tongue seems to move around a bit, though it may settle in as it conforms to my foot.
Specialized Comp shoes work very well for the investment and offer many years of use. The Comp desin has evolved over the years and seems to receive trickle down technology from higher end models as time goes on.
Similar Products Used: Previous versions of Specialized Comp.
Bike Setup: '02 Gary Fisher Supercal 29
from Mountain View ,CA, USA
Date Reviewed: August 2, 2006
Strengths: fit, comfort, body geometry, lightweight, can be worn off the bike.
Weaknesses: STUPID BUCKLE SYSTEM! I broke the right one a few weeks ago, and for some reason Specialized is out of the right one as is every store near my house that sells the shoes. Lucky me EVERYONE needs a right buckle. A pair of needle nosed pliers will get you in the shoe, but the heck wants to do this????
The buckles get a little tricky after a little while, and its tough to get out of the shoe.
good shoe, get extra buckles! It would get five chills fir value and overall, but they expensive and I WANT THE RIGHT BUCKLE!!!!
Strengths: -Well ventilated -Straps stay put -Decent grip when off the bike
Weaknesses: -Hot spots galore -Soles disintegrate FAST in hike-a-bike conditions -Upper is not very comfortable leading to foot fatigue
These shoes are just OK. I decided to save a buck by going for these over my tried and true Sidi's that I'd been using for years and now wish I would have just spent the extra coin to reel in the much better Sidi shoe.
This is actually my second pair of these shoes becuase the first set literally disintegrated within one month of purchasing them. I did a couple of big rides with a fair amount of hike-a-bike over rather technical terrain with the first set and was amazed to take a look at my shoes and see that about 80% of the tread had either chunked off completely, was hanging on by a thread or was cracked and ready to go at any time; it was like nothing I've ever seen.
To be fair, Specialized did replace these with a new pair immediately and, to their credit, the second pair that I have (the ones that I'm currently using) have held up fairly well.
Unfortunately, poor soles isn't the only thing wrong with these shoes. While they aren't terribly uncomfortable, they do cause toe pain, hot spots and foot fatigue when spending hours in the saddle (frequent for me).
All in all, I would not tell anyone NOT to buy these - especially if you're looking to step up to a ratched closure system on a budget - however, if you're going to spend a lot of time in the saddle, I would save some extra money and buy a set of Sidis.
I'll give these three torched terds for value since they're priced fairly well and two for overall since they just aren't great.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: January 8, 2006
Strengths: Great lightweight design, durable and tough yet comfortable. Very breathable...
Weaknesses: Very Breathable. If it's raining or wet, your feet will get wet. But I don't mountain bike cause I'm a whiner...so it's not a big deal.
(05 Specialized Comp MTB Shoes)
These shoes are the bomb. I really like the feel of them and how performance oriented they are. Really lightweight and strong. If you have messed up knees they might go either way. The angle of them are perfect for me...
a Cross Country Rider
from Melbounre,VIC, Australia
Date Reviewed: October 26, 2005
Strengths: Tough shoe, secure fit, stiff base but not to slippery on hard surfaces.
Weaknesses: Water tends to pool inside the shoe when raining
Great shoes, I've had these for about 15mths now, and apart from the usual scratches and scuffs they're still going strong. These are my first pair of clip-in shoes so nothing to compare against, but so I'm pretty happy. I'd recommend these shoes to anyone looking for a tough, good quality shoe for primarily cross-country use, but also good on the asphalt.
Bike Setup: '04 Raceline Comp, stock apart from Mavic F219 rims
a Cross Country Rider
from Portland, Or, USA
Date Reviewed: August 23, 2005
Strengths: Nice construction, Good looks, Great design.
Weaknesses: Toe studs may or may not stay in.
These are great shoes if you have a medium to wide forefoot and a high arch. Lots of room in the toe box, ample forefoot width and a snug heel cup make for a great fit, at least for me. The plate is very stiff for good power transfer, but generous toe spring keeps the shoe comfortable for walking. The sockliner has "bulge" built into it just behind the met- heads which I was unsure of at first but now I like it very well. The ratchet buckle works well, though I haven't abused it much yet. Best shoes I've tried at any price!
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