2011 Model No Longer Available
Lake MX236 Bike Shoe - Men's - 2011 BCS
Lake designed the Men's MX236 Bike Shoe for serious riders and aspiring racers who can't decide which is more important: comfort or performance. Lake has turned your indecisiveness into a virtue by giving you both in one shoe so you don't have to choose.
- Full-grain leather and mesh upper for durability and ventilation
- Molded, vented heel counter keeps your heel firmly planted
- Lake Race 100% Carbon Fiber Sole outsole with Mudstuds for added traction
- Heel-mounted BOA closure for easy entry/exit and tight, secure fit
- Padded collar for comfortable ankles on longer rides
- Rubber anti-stub toe cap gives you protection on rocky terrain
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February 18, 2012
this shoe is pretty decent for the price. If you pay full price for this shoe you are are wasting your money.
a couple of things to note:
1. Fit: these do not fit like your sidi's. they have a much wider toe box and are a little (half size) longer. This is good for longer rides when your feet swell but if you like them tight you might want to downsize or use a thick insole. If you have a low volume foot, the boa system will me at its limits to get it tight. however with a larger insole and setting your heel in the heel cup before you tighten the boa, a better fit can be achieved.
2.Boa system: is good in theory but not as versatile and/or adjustable as any other tightening system. There is no way to tighten one part of the shoe and not another, so if you need to take up room in the toebox but need reduced pressure (or a looser fit) on top of your metatarsals, you should probably look at a different shoe without the boa system. Also, my boa on the right shoe locked down and wouldn't release after my second ride (luckily I was on the trainer). After I pried it off, I used the tool provided to take the twist cap off completely, pull out all the wire, lube it all up with chain lube, then re-spool it to get the cable twists and bad wrap out. The boa system is essentially like a winch cable that if it binds up, it will not release. The left shoe was fine but I did the same thing as preventative maintenance.
3. Sole: carbon sole is very stiff for power but allows for enough flex to comfortable walk off the bike. The main reason I choose lake is because of the sole material; it's actual rubber not plastic garbage like Sidis, specialized, etc. I have slipped on rocks many times wearing my sidis and after 10yrs finally had enough. However, if you run the toe studs or the toe bolts on these shoes, your main contact point when you step will be compromised by them and will essentially negate the wondrous grip of real rubber on rocks. if you want maximum grip leave the holes empty.
One other thing to note, there are mesh holes in the bottom of the soles for some reason. If you wear them in wet, snowy, or muddy conditions, you will get that coming through the bottom of the shoe. You could seal the holes with some silicone or something similar if needed.
Bottom line: would I buy them again? probably for less than 100$ but if Lake put 2 velcro straps and a ratchet buckle on this shoe, I would never even consider anything else because this shoe would be perfect.
size 44 434 grams per shoe with no insole or toe studs and spd cleat. Much much lighter than other lakes.
February 18, 2012