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    Specialized Rime or Expert Shoes?

    Trying to decide between these two shoes, both the same price. I currently have the entry level Specialized Sport and was thinking about upgrading. I like that the Expert has the carbon sole (stiffer is better, right?). The Rime has the vibram sole which might be nice for occasional walking. I don't do that much walking but ocassionally need to push it up a hill. What do you folks think?

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    I have the 2011 Experts and love them, however I bought before the Rime's were released, and if I were to make the decision today I might go for the Rime's.

    There's no right answer, but here's what I'd be considering:

    I rarely find the Experts too stiff for walking, and it has a reasonably grippy sole - though lately I've not been doing a ton of hike-a-bike. If my riding included more adventurous climbing, bush-whacking or balancing across log bridges the Rime would be a winner.

    The Experts are pretty darned light, that helps when you're pedaling and when you're hiking - shoe weight is to your feet what rotating weight is to tires.

    Either shoe looks excellent, please post your thoughts when you've spent a bit of time in whichever you choose.

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    racing=expert
    adventure=rime

    I have the comps (cheaper version of the experts) and they suck to walk over rock outcroppings. no grip at all.

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    Specialized has deals right now on some of the older shoes. I am a big fan of the Trail 110 since it has some ankle protection. But it looks like a lot of the other models are on closeout too so you should be able to find something provided your size is still in stock.

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    I just picked up a pair of the Rimes after my 10+ year old Sidi Dominators gave up the ghost. Not too many rides with the new shoes yet, but for walking on rocks and skinnies (happens more than I want to admit) the softer more aggressive sole is WAY better than the Sidis. So far, I'm very happy with them, time will tell how they hold up.

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    I normally use the S-Works carbon soled shoes but I'm gearing up for the TDR and I'm a singlespeeder so the Rimes look super enticing. I might have to go try on a pair today.

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    Pick a BICYCLE shoe on how they ride, not walk. Experts. The stiff sole will feel amazing coming from the sport.
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