MX Competition Last – Featuring a larger toe box & tighter heel than the Comfort last and with slightly more overall volume than the Sport last. Exceptionally secure for hard riding/racing with enough room in the toe box to prevent binding when running up inclines or negotiating a hike-a-bike section. Designed for performance riding & racing.
Lake Competition 100% Carbon Fiber Sole with Mountain Race X real rubber sole
Helcor Abrasion resistant leather, full grain leather and Nufoam lining. Heat moldable carbon heel counter.
Dual Side mounted Push/Pull IP1 BOA lacing system with releasable lace guides
Fancy looking expensive plastic shoes made in China. Upper Boa is difficult to loosen to remove shoe, always gets stuck or simply does not release the wire, material feels cheap and thin and is not as comfortable as the 238 model I also have in the same size and width. The panels looks bad when tightening down (aesthetics) due to the separate panels not tightening down cleanly. Disappointed as I was hoping to replace my 238 with these, but will be selling these at a big loss after a few weeks of trying to make them work.
I have purchased 3 sets of shoes trying to find something that was comfortable before I came across these. They are the only ones that work for my wide feet and small toe, which is down to the individual adjustment zones. I recently rode 3000k over 4 weeks in them and never had problem, whereas my feet were in pain within 1hour with other wide shoes.
I have the wide fitting
The closure system is the best I have tried, I can get it nice and snug, without being too tight across the midfoot while allowing a bit more space across the forefoot.
But I have been wearing "natural" shaped shoes for a couple of years now (altra, vivo barefoot etc) and these still not give the toes enough room. I just don't understand why cycling shoe manufacturers are taking their lasts from dress shoes instead of looking at the biomechanics of feet. Still these are better than anything else I have tried, but could still do with improvement.
I really can't say enough about these shoes. Several years ago I started getting bunions and while I have been able to keep them from getting really bad, even tight socks can make my feet scream. I have boney, medium-volume, medium instep feet. My toes do not taper so I also have Platypus feet. I went into my local bike shop (shout-out to The Bikery in St Pete) and they measured and ordered the shoes for me. On their advice, I went a half size larger than I normally wear, but stuck with the medium width. The boas tighten really nice around my instep (I haven't baked them yet), but I can leave the toe box loose. I also use the MX241s on a road bike and the cleats engage really easily--not too much rubber to get in the way. I no longer think about my feet when riding. Oh and the bio camo is a really really nice color--it pulls more gray than green.
With only 100 miles on the shoes, this is a first impression review. I like the fit and comfort. The two BOA’s are easy to adjust and the shoes seem to conform well to my feet while being quite comfortable. This is my third pair of Lake cycling shoes, including the second pair of gravel/MTB shoes. As a 70 year-old cyclist, I need comfort, especially in the toe box. My first pair of Lake MTB/gravel shoes performed vey well for over 4 years and 12,000+ miles. Prior to the Lakes I was having issues with “hot foot”. My triathlete chiropractor told me that I needed shoes with leather uppers that would conform better to my feet. The Lakes did the trick and my new pair of Lakes seem to be just as good if not better.