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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:15 pm 
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Just seen that Rapha are due to launch their first road shoe ~300g each with Easton soles.
Look rather nice, and although "discrete" in style, very obviously Rapha!

What do you think?


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Is it pink or baby blue :beerchug:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:23 pm 
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http://prollyisnotprobably.com/2012/03/ ... our-shoes/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:00 pm 
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Yak leather? I mean really? Surely thats got to come into the "Mine is rarer than yours so it must be better" demographic?


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Leviathan wrote:
http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/rapha-launch-grand-tour-shoe-33448/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Yak leather? I mean really? Surely thats got to come into the "Mine is rarer than yours so it must be better" demographic?


Oh, Yak leather is supposed to be very supple....also it isn't as dense so therfore is lighter than the traditional cowhide.... :smartass: :noidea:

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:26 pm 
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They are ugly and not even a little bit stylish. We may as well wear golf shoes.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:05 pm 
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I like them. They have Giro carbon sole, they are not THAT expensive and they look very stylish (similar to fizik shoes). Can't see any reason to hate them, at least now.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:31 pm 
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I will be having a pair 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:41 pm 
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These look awesome, contrary to most cycling shoes. The titanium d-rings are a really nice touch, as the the machined buckle. The visual throwback of highlighting the lower strap, and how it looks like a toe strap, is really nice. Finally a cycling shoe that doesn't look like a bloody shoe from a NASA space mission.

If only I could afford.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:23 am 
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I don't like like all those little holes, it's gonna be Fizik R3 SL for me :)


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:41 am 
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Yeah, $450 is definitely over the line for bike shoes for me - mostly from an unproven bike shoe manufacturer. That, and yeah, these look like golf shoes. I imagine the only people buying these are those that just have a large discretionary income; unless somehow, these turn out to be the most comfortable things around. I personally ride S-works, as well as my Wife, so between us, we already have $600 in biking shoes - probably more than the average biker family.. yet, these still scream poser to me.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:12 am 
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I too am a skeptic. Two problems: The snob appeal element verges on overwhelming ("Excuse me. Do you have any Grey Poupon?") and I've had bad experiences with Rapha leather gloves: the stitching is more appropriate, perhaps, to Saville Row bespoke suits than an item that requires durability. Plus, the price is just breathtaking and the styling too "country club".

With the usual disclaimers,
KAC


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:36 am 
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This is the first buyer of the new Rapha shoes! :mrgreen:

Sorry I couldn't help myself...lol


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Mostly unproven, maybe, but they probably did a smart move by working with notable names in the cycling and footwear industry to bring a shoe that has the best of both worlds, style and function. $450 is definitely expensive, but not completely out of line with what other companies are charging for high performance shoes. Will they be comfy, perform well, and be durable? Time will tell I guess. I think they look great; and don't look like golf shoes at all. The fact that they don't look like conventional cycling shoes is the nice thing. Those who appreciate the Rapha aesthetic, will probably like these shoes.

Those who like: http://www.xxcycle.com/marques/sidi/images/large/14207.jpg probably wont.

People will always be critical of Rapha, but sometime style and design brings value too, its the same reason lots of people are willing to pay more for an Apple computer. You can go on an on about technical specs, etc, but its difficult for some to equate additional value to the aesthetics and industrial design.

I'd wager a guess that the cost per gram that some here have put into their bikes is far more out of whack than the cost of these shoes.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:32 am 
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astranoc wrote:
They are ugly and not even a little bit stylish. We may as well wear golf shoes.


They would look awesome with on your bike.


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