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SpecializedRecon 2.0 Mountain Bike Shoe


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Item # SCQ0088

Recon 2.0 Mountain Bike Shoe

The next level up in Specialized's Recon line, the Recon 2.0 Mountain Bike Shoe continues to focus on performance, comfort, and efficiency, but with a few feature upgrades that aren't available in the 1.0. The primary upgrade is an endlessly adjustable L6-Snap Boa dial and strap closure system that locks in a precise fit in seconds and offers micro-adjustable comfort customization on the fly. Specialized also introduced XPEL mesh to the 2.0 for quick-drying, breathable comfort when you're dealing with wetter conditions on the trail. This means no wet shoes the morning after a rainy ride.

Balancing off-bike comfort and in-the-saddle performance, the Injection STRIDE toe-flex technology allows natural toe movement when walking, while maintaining stiffness for pedal efficiency. The Body Geometry construction increases power and efficiency while also decreasing chances of injury through optimal hip, knee, and foot alignment on rides that go from open gravel to snaking singletrack. And if there are hike-a-bike sections, the lifted heel and SlipNot rubber treads work together to deliver natural comfort and confidence with every step—especially if some of those steps happen to be over slippery rocks and sloppy mud.

  • Top-tier performance and comfort define this versatile MTB shoe
  • Boa L6-snap dial and strap closure offers micro-adjustable comfort
  • Body Geometry construction enhances comfort and efficiency
  • XPEL mesh boosts breathability and dries quickly
  • Welded upper reduces seams for superior step-in comfort
  • Nylon sole blends stiffness with off-bike comfort
  • SlipNot rubber tread provides optimal traction on wet terrain
  • Two-bolt cleat pattern fits all major mountain bike pedals

Tech Specs
Upper Materialwelded
LiningXPEL mesh
ClosureBoa L6-Snap dial, hook-and-loop strap
FootbedBody Geometry
Solenylon, SlipNot rubber
Cleat Compatibility2-bolt
Recommended Usecross-country, trail
Manufacturer Warranty2 year

Claimed Weight

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[1/2 pair] 357g

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Recon 2.0 Mountain Bike Shoe

I've used it several times
Runs large
Size Bought
5` 9"
190 lbs

Extremely comfortable in and out of the pedals! Useful in every terrain. Light to wear.

>Rating: 4

Great shoes on and off the bike

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
5` 11"
175 lbs

These are the first clipless shoes that I have ever used. That being said I did a fairly large amount of research on using a clipless shoe & pedal system. I landed on the Recon 2.0 for several reasons. After trying out some in my LBS I ended up getting them online for the color. The boa system holds up well. I've not noticed any stretching of the laces. The absolute best part about these shoes is the ability to flex on the ball of your foot when walking. I've not tried running in them but they certainly are very easy to walk uphill in. On the bike they are super sturdy and have very little flex in the sole. I would absolutely recommend these for anyone that finds walking in their cycling shoes handy.

>Rating: 4

Form and Function

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
5` 10"
2 lbs

This shoe looks good and works well. Overall, I am very happy with these shoes and give them 4 out of 5 stars. Giving 4.5 might be more accurate. I have found that despite being stiff on the pedals, they are comfortable to walk in. Though I've not yet had to do a serious hike-a-bike, the soles look just wide enough to provide stability. They're certainly more substantial than "classic" XC shoes. More sneaker-like shoes will very likely be wider, especially at the heel. The Boa lacing has worked well and did not loosen over the course of rides. Break-in time for riding is quick - my fifth use of them was a seven hour ride and I had no pressure nor sore points. For walking, the shoe might need more time to fit like old blue jeans. With regard to sizing, my feet are "low volume", somewhat narrow, and I use a Specialized insole for arch support. The fit seems true to size - I usually wear a 10.5 US and the 44 European fits me well. The Boa laces provide the majority of the snugness and the tongue provide good padding for the laces. My toes have plenty of room in width and height. This has worked out well and will allow me to wear thicker socks when cold weather arrives. The construction seems to be good though I haven't used (abused) them long enough to know for certain. My size 44s are about 410 grams (14.5 ounces) per shoe, with my insoles and SPD cleats. With regard to foot protection, I suspect that they provide moderate protection. The toe area is stiffened, but like most other shoes, the sides are effectively a single layer. I think these are a great option for everything from gravel to modern XC and marathon. If they were stolen from me today, I would buy them again tomorrow.


Is this a women's shoe?