Specialized Torch 1.0: An advanced entry-level road shoe

Defying the rule book of what an entry-level bike shoe should be, the Specialized Torch 1.0 offers the same feel, performance, and quality in a more budget-friendly package. It is considered one of the most feature-packed beginner road bike shoes in the market.

Who is it for? The Torch 1.0 is a road cycling shoe recommended for roadies who value the following:

  • Beginners who are looking for an efficient shoe to start with
  • The pro adjustability and look of a BOA closure
  • Excellent value for money
  • Fans and users of this model’s earlier version who are willing to switch/try Look Delta cleats
  • Cyclists who value style and love color options to choose from

Updates from its former version

Specialized’s popular and highly-rated entry-level road shoes underwent a major overhaul in 2020. The brand redesigned its most successful beginner shoe and applied more high-end features. What are the updates?

The most apparent change is the loss of the three-Velcro-strap retention system and the commuter-friendly two-bolt SPD cleat fitting:

  • the straps have been replaced by a BOA L6 dial for on-the-go micro-adjustments
  • the SPD cleats replaced by three-bolt Look Delta.

In conjunction with the BOA, the brand’s Body Geometry technology is also added to provide a more comfortable fit. It is also said that the newer offering has shed about 50g a pair.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 290g / Women 237g
Use: Road
Cleat design: 3 holes
Closure: Velcro, BOA
Features: Reflective, Look Delta
Material: Synthetic upper, Nylon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Specialized

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