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    S-Works BOA innards

    I've received some parts for my S-Works shoes. The old BOA parts looked like this: http://www.bike24.com/i/p/5/1/38815_00_d.jpg (the spools are all plastic).

    On the new parts however, the spools have small metal tips on them.

    Did I get the wrong parts, or can I use them?

    Thanks.

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    As far as I know, that is just the latest iteration of the dial. It should be able to be used, if the entire dial is being replaced.

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    I see. Thanks. I wasn't able to find any info on Specialized's website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_marsbar View Post
    I see. Thanks. I wasn't able to find any info on Specialized's website.
    It might pay to check with your LBS though. Or at least email Specialized to check. But my recollection is that it will work. It just won't match the boa dial on the other shoe.

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    The ratchet inner spool (with the noted metal tips) will work, as long as you got replacement parts for the same type of BOA closure. Different models of S-works shoes have used different BOA dials over model years. If you're worried about the outer dial being a cosmetic match, you can always just replace the spool and lace, and retain the OE outer dial, assuming that it isn't otherwise too worn or damaged. Again, as long as it's from the same BOA type, it works. I've done this w/no issue. I think the spools with the metal tips are superior to the prior all plastic versions.

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    Thanks for the info! I don't think the S-Works MTB shoe has been updated since 2011 or something like that. I bought my shoes in spring 2012.

    I was just worried because replacement parts seem to be called the same, whether the spools are all plastic or have metal tips.

    I try it out

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    Found this in the "user manual" section of the website. Not sure if the link will post properly or not:

    http://service.specialized.com/colla.../WG0385_rA.pdf

    Basically tells which model shoes use which model BOA dials.

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    I have looked at that.

    However, the parts with the metal-tipped spools are called S1-M, just like the part with the all-plastic spools. I'm surprised it's not possible to find more information about the two different spools...

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    I guess that that is where your LBS and it's knowledge comes into play.

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