Who should buy the Scott Road RC SL

The Scott Road RC SL are premium road bike shoes designed for pro-level cycling. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a cycling shoe that provides an excellent power transfer.
  • Prefer a cycling shoe that provides all-day comfort and secures your feet on the road.
  • Prefer a cycling shoe that has an eye-catching coloring and makes it an absolute eye-catcher. 

Who should not buy the Scott Road RC SL

One of the biggest downsides to the shoes is the steep price. They cost more than Shimano or Bont’s top shoes and are priced close to semi-custom options.  Also, if you've got particularly awkward-shaped feet, you might want to consider checking out Bont's Vapor and Lake CX402. They are highly commended and are heat-mouldable.

Stiff carbon fiber outsole

The Scott Road RC SL shoes utilize Scott’s HMX carbon fiber soles. With a full-length design, the soles are one of Scott’s stiffness road insoles and utilize a proprietary high-modulus carbon fiber blend reserved for their premium products.

There is also a large nylon mesh at the front of the shoe that funnels air into the toe box while heel and toe pads improve the walkability of the shoes.

Scott Road RC SL's cleat system

The soles have standard 3-bolt cleat compatibility with fore and aft adjustment. Its helpful angle and positional markings on the sole help ensure you place your cleats consistently. 

Stable footbed and all-day comfort

Scott strives to create shoes that are a supportive stable platform for maximum performance and all-day comfort. A shoe that can adapt to a wide range of feet and offer a glove-like fit.

Exceptionally lightweight and provides a precise fit

The upper is made from Carbitex CX6 carbon fiber textile. It is an impressive product that combines the high strength and low weight of carbon fiber into a pliable textile form. This allows the Road RC SL shoes to be exceptionally lightweight and provide a precise fit for sprinting or all-day rides.

BOA IP-1 Closure System

Scott has utilized a dual IP-1 BOA dial closure system with a front-facing lacing pattern across the tongue. It strikes the ideal balance between precision and convenience by offering pull-to-release functionality for easy on/off and two-way incremental adjustment on the fly. 

The traditional pull-to-release functionality delivers the same easy-on/easy-off convenience that users know and love. IP-1's new, two-way incremental adjustment capabilities facilitate easy tightening or tension release mid-ride.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 9oz
Use: Road
Cleat design: 3 holes
Closure: BOA
Features: Look Delta
Collection: Scott Road
Material: Synthetic/Mesh upper, Full carbon sole

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Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

Rhys is an expert in all things cycling and bicycles who at a young age pursued the dream of becoming a professional cyclist by racing for a French and then Belgian road racing team at the Elite level. He is heavily involved in the cycling scene and runs one of Australia’s highest-rated online bicycle parts stores. He’s THE expert when it comes to testing cycling shoes.