The guy who designed this shoe obviously wore Lake MX165s back in the nineties, took racing far too seriously for a while, and doesn’t mind a hike-a-bike for elevation gain. He has designed a shoe that demands you stay on the bike whatever the gradient, but is more than happy for you to fail and get off and walk, and is aimed squarely at the rider who wants cross-country performance for all-mountain riding.The Rime comes out of the Specialized school of Body Geometry; these guys take product design and cycling science to the next level. Most noticeable is the footbed, with a soft, lengthways arch support, and a slight tilt to the outside at the front, which helps keep your knee and hip aligned and just feels ‘right’. While cycling doesn’t dish out the same punishment to feet and knees as running, some comfort and foot stabilisation makes sense, especially on longer rides. There are no panels or visible joins on the shoe’s inner side to rub on cranks, and mesh panels reside above midway on the shoe. The tongue folds over from the side, wrapping your foot like a sushi roll, offering both comfort and ease of use. Detailing is deliberate but not fussy, the Velcro straps are moulded and low profile, and the Boa fastener sits out of the way and works well. The heel is boxy and looks narrow, but my wide foot was easily accommodated by adjusting the straps. Without too much analysis, an aggressive sole with hard plastic tread suddenly doesn’t seem like the be-all-end-all underfoot. If you want to walk comfortably and safely, tread compound is important, so it makes sense that Specialized chose Vibram for the Rime’s sole. I could’ve done with a bit more tread under the toes, but I see why the designers chose a closer tread pattern in this high wear area. There was enough flex for comfortable walking, and the shoes stayed put when I had to scramble up on my toes, yet the Rime felt supportive; moderate to firm stiffness is how I’d describe it. The Rime is elegant, but not pretty; understated yet menacing. Equally capable of efficient power transfer on and off the bike, the Rime sits at the pointy end of mountain bike shoe evolution. LAURENCE MOTE
Kona have added two aluminum 140mm 27.5” versions of the Hei Hei to complement their existing carbon lineup, now the Hei Hei hits the sweet spot for all budgets
Deity celebrate the launch of Brendan Fairclough’s Signature Handlebar, the BF800 BRENDOG!
The dark days of Winter are apon us and that means it’s night riding time. We’ve been lucky enough to put the Gloworm Lights X2 and X2 Adventure through their paces on our last few rides.
After much speculation and intrigue the Big Blue S has entered the 12 speed drivechain market with a bang.
OneUp Components releases a new 150mm and 170mm dropper post!
37 years after Stumpjumper 1.0 was launched, Specialized has just rolled out a totally revamped Stumpy and we even had the chance to ride it last week at the Wairoa Gorge