Words by Flow | Images by Flow

The not-so-minor details

Product

Scott MTB RC Lace Shoes

Contact

Sheppard Cycles
1300 883 305
www.scott-sports.com

Price

AUD289.95

Weight

350gm

Positives

Cooler than a naked eskimo.
Laces are simple and practical.
Comfortable.

Negatives

Doesn't come with insole inserts or studs.

If you’ve been at a café recently with a group of roadies, you might’ve notice that the humble laced shoe is the latest trend sweeping the feet of our tarmac loving cousins.

We're into the aesthetics of the simple lacing, what do you think?

We’re into the aesthetics of the simple lacing, what do you think?

As is often the case, what starts on the road eventually makes its way to the mountain biking industry, and following in the same vein as the opinion dividing Giro Empire, the Scott MTB RC Lace shoe is a cross-country mountain bike shoe that forgoes the fancy closure systems we’ve become so accustomed to in favour of trusty laces.


Hold on, this is a cross-country shoe with laces?

Indeed! Despite most cross-country shoes relying on ratchets and BOA dial closure systems, which undoubtedly have their place, Scott believe there is a market for laced cross-country shoes. Benefits of laced shoes include increased contact points, increased aerodynamics, and most importantly increased comfort.

The laces on the Scott MTB RC Lace give a snug fit over your entire foot.

The laces on the Scott MTB RC Lace give a snug fit over your entire foot.


How do the laces compare to ratchets, or BOA dials?

As mentioned above, laces offer increased points of contact over the more commonly seen ratchet or BOA systems, which in theory should result in a more comfortable fit. The Scott MTB RC Lace shoes feel comfortable out of the box, although setting them up did take longer than a ratchet or BOA system, as we took our time tightening and adjusting the laces to ensure optimal pressure across the whole foot. Once you’ve done the laces up, they tuck away neatly into a strap located in the centre of the shoe.

A simple strap across the middle of the laces allows you to tuck them away neatly once tightened.

A simple strap across the middle of the laces allows you to tuck them away neatly once tightened.


Who is the Scott MTB RC Lace Shoe for?

With a rating of nine on Scott’s stiffness index, which means very stiff, and a lightweight design (a US 8.5 weighs in at 350 grams), the RC Lace shoes lean towards the XC side of the mountain biking spectrum. Despite their low weight however, the shoes feature nods to durability and adjustability though reinforced toe and heel boxes, provisions for mounting studs and long cleat grooves. Despite the shoes having mounting points for studs, they don’t ship with them as standard.

Stud mounts and long cleat grooves give riders options to setup these shoes for a variety of riding styles.

Stud mounts and long cleat grooves give riders options to setup these shoes for a variety of riding styles.


How’s the fit?

The fit was comfortable out of the box, but should you find the shoes uncomfortable, the insoles feature removable metatarsal buttons and arch inserts. Like the studs, these inserts are additional purchases, but they’re a nice touch to allow you to customise your fit.

The insoles of the RC Lace's feature two points of adjustment.

The insoles of the RC Lace shoes feature two points of adjustment.

Replaceable metatarsal and arch inserts allow for a more customised fit.

Replaceable metatarsal and arch inserts allow for a more customised fit.


Are there other colour options?

The Scott MTB RC Lace shoes only come in black, however the shoe ships with two lace options. We’re big fans of the poppy red laces, but if you prefer a more modest look you can swap them to black out of the box.


What sort of money are we talking?

The Scott MTB RC Lace shoes retail for $289.95, which we think is a fair price for a carbon soled, lightweight shoe with additional features such as the adjustable insoles. In comparison, Giro Empire VR90’s retail for $349.

The carbon soles on the RC Lace shoes are terrifically stiff, and shiny.

The carbon soles on the RC Lace shoes are terrifically stiff, and shiny!

That’s it for now, it’s time to see how these fresh kicks go out on the trail!

close