Slack Randoms: $1900 Cycling Shoes, Blue Olympic Forks & More

Jul 30, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel which we use to share an assortment of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world and beyond... We thought a couple of the moments from the past week were too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.



LoreOne's $1,900 Cycling Shoes


LoreOne, a startup from the Silicon Valley, has revealed its new shoes that are available to pre-order for $1,900 USD. The shoes are the world’s first 3D printed carbon hard-shelled, custom made cycling shoes, and they say you should, "Prepare to have your head explode while your feet feel true power transfer for the first time ever."

The shoes consist of a carbon outer shell that looks like Venom's Crocs and forms the rigid skeleton of the shoe. Inside that shell is a foam liner and together it’s claimed that the LoreOne is the most ventilated cycling shoe on the market. While this will be great for riders in warmer countries, it won't suit riders in rainy climates so LoreOne also produces custom overshoes to keep the foot protected.


Each shoe is custom fitted to its rider and before you buy the shoe you have to send a 3D scan of your foot to LoreOne using their proprietary app, Morphic. This scan is then beamed over to California where the shoe is 3D printed for each foot.

Lore’s pre-order has opened with the extremely specific total of 277 pairs available for 2021 priced at $1,900. A size US10 will be approximately 270 grams per shoe. For a deeper dive into the tech, read the Cycling Tips article, here.



Mind Bending BMX tricks


bigquotesWe've never seen this at an X Games before....X Games


bigquotesOne of the proudest clips I’ve gotten, the HD flip is my favorite trick now!Matty Cramner



Charlie Hatton's Wild National Champs Line


bigquotesSound ON for send. The laws of gravity don't apply to Charlie Hatton.British Cycling



Trials Riding Up a Climbing Wall




Special Edition Olympic Forks


Fox has gold, DVO has green, RockShox has black and now SR Suntour has blue. Suntour arrived in Tokyo with these special edition forks with anodised blue stanchions for its athletes including Jens Schuermans and Martin Viadaurre. As far as we know, there are no claimed performance benefits to these forks, it was purely an aesthetic change that isn't available for consumers.


bigquotesHave you seen the very special anodized blue Axon forks for our Olympic athletes?!

This one is for Jens Schuermans. Best of luck to him!
SR Suntour

Jens and Martin both finished in the top 20 in the race but Suntour's biggest success came from Tom Pidcock, who was riding a prototype fork of a different variety.



Riding 71 Miles on a 71st Birthday


Learn more about the ride, here.

Hitting the Jumps at 2 Years 9 Months


bigquotesRiding the Western Bike Park dirt jumps at 2 years and 9 months old on a Prevelo Zulu Heir 2 (bike imported from USA but soon to be available at Phoenix Cycle Works!!!

Harley wore his new TiGo bikes body armour today for the first time and he walked away unscathed from 2 pretty impressive crashes that he had on the main dirt jump lines (caused by his feet coming off the pedals… see the video!)



79 Comments

  • 169 1
 I don't think I've ever had the dubious pleasure of being first to comment! The pressure is immense. But I'm going to have to deal with it and say...

1900 dollars for a pair of shoes?!!! WTAF?!

Phew. I think I nailed that...
  • 15 1
 well done...lol

...also, this shoe is definitely being sold to the SoulCycle/Peloton crowd with money to burn. The cleat is the give away. That and this would be terrible outdoors as dirt and grim would get between the carbon and the foam and be impossible to clean (though I guess your staff can deal with that)
  • 3 0
 @SATN-XC: It states in the text they sell an "overshoe", to help with cold, so I'd assume that would stop the bit of dirt acquired while road biking
  • 5 2
 @SATN-XC: and many road racers use that cleat as well.
  • 10 0
 @SATN-XC: Agreed, made for silicon valley roadies with too much cash to burn. Also, couldn't the hypothesis of their design, superior power transfer, be tested with a power meter? To the extent you could create a set of scientific testing circumstances, I'd be interested to see how many extra watts the incremental $1600 gets you vs a "traditional high end" road shoe.
  • 3 0
 @dualcrownscottspark: not a road rider so I didn't know the cleat compatibility....though I stand behind my comment that the spin crowd is going to buy the majority of these
  • 4 1
 Those suckers better come in diamond incrusted crocodile skin,or no sale!
  • 4 0
 ...and the beauty about those shoes is you can clip them onto roller skates. Oh, you can't? Well they look like roller skate shoes anyway...
  • 3 0
 Thumbs Down! Not aero
  • 6 0
 @jaytdubs: totally....with PB's access Outdoor's credit card now, I think we need to demand a product comparison using these shoes. Send Levy up and down a fire road on a control bike and a power meter.
  • 10 0
 Forget cost. These shoes have the looks of a glass jar full of smashed bovine arseholes.
  • 2 0
 I rarely go for a road ride and I've never raced before but, with the claim of "meteoric performance gains," maybe the price is justifiable if it can make me a pro rider.
  • 1 0
 @jaytdubs: Agreed - I would also love to understand how they can overcome the first law of thermodynamics... their website had lots of claims, with no real science.
  • 1 0
 Someone should start a company that makes cleats out of solid gold, then we Mtb riders could have $10000 shoes. Blingtastic!
  • 1 0
 Extactly WTAF!!! For that price, the "A" is is what it looks like with the legs spread apart and bent over; and the company is laughing all the way to the bank!
  • 3 0
 $1900 for plastic carbon fiber filament crocks LOLOLOLOL. Shimano's SPD sandals looked better.
  • 5 0
 Man, those shoes are expensive!! But, at least they look like shit!!
  • 2 0
 LoreOne, you’re a pack of bums. I would get into another line of Mtb products to make because shoes ain’t it, brother.
  • 2 0
 You can get digital foot scanned 100% custom Hockey Skates for half that.
  • 1 0
 I’m only kidding on the bums part. You guys are decent folk
  • 1 0
 Custom shoes for patients are 600 usd, 1900 for a custom gram saver is a steal. I just poop before riding and wahla!
  • 3 0
 @adam3419: Voila?
  • 2 0
 @brianpark would print me up a pair for a dozen cold do bros! (Double Browns for the uninitiated)
  • 2 0
 I'm gonna hijack your comment. While I agree with you, the price is right, in the kidneys, they have not nailed another aspect:

"LoreOne is the most ventilated cycling shoe on the market"

Lemme introduce you to Shimano:

bike.shimano.com/content/productsite/en-US/information/news/the-legend-reborn--shimano-s-25th-anniversary-spd-sandal/_jcr_content/productsite_newsarticle/body_parsys/image.img.jpg/1593534952897.jpg
  • 2 0
 @Pa-ul: Double Brown, nah man I'd rather drink Waikato Green. Actually no I'd never drink that pi**.
  • 2 0
 @short-but-sweet: Paul Simon would buy
  • 2 0
 You mean the carbon CROCS?
  • 2 0
 Let's see if this is real. I think its scam.
Morphic app page is just an image with a link to lore.
And as far as i searched, there seemed no morphic app on app store.
526300$ is a good reward for a reasonable amount of work.
  • 34 1
 Holy crap x3 for the trials climbing line, gap over the gate dh line, and the bmx bike flip. Also, I really want to love that SR fork, but the blue makes it look like an aliexpress fork that someone's selling in your local FB bike sale group for twice what they paid.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, all black all the way for me too.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I hate the SR grey too. There's not a single bike I've seen it on where it looks good.
  • 31 2
 “As far as we know, there are no claimed performance benefits to these forks, it was purely an aesthetic change that isn't available for consumers.”

So just like Kashima
  • 3 3
 I think there is a slight durability advantage but that's it. I'd definitely buy Performance Elite before Factory
  • 2 0
 @Goocha05: I think people should actually look at what it does before making sweeping statements.
www.kashima-coat.com/global/service/kashima-coat

That's the link to the website of the company that does it for Fox.
  • 2 0
 @xxinsert-name-herexx: Cool! It also works on frying pans.
  • 17 0
 Wait do they pay YOU $1900 to wear them? Still may not be worth it. I'm usually a function-over-form guy but christ.
  • 13 0
 I'm sad and blue that there aren't more comments on the fork. The PB community really blue it on this one. I wonder how long until we'll be cyan this on production models. Azure would be interested in the option to customize colors. Cerulean I'm not the only one here.
  • 13 0
 Those shoes look like great fun to walk in, you’ll have to because you won’t be able to afford a bike.
  • 2 4
 They are clearly road bike only...I don't think you could walk more than 20ft in them.
  • 8 0
 Well good on Suntour for not claiming that the colored stanchions have any kind of performance benefit. I bet they can get them the same color every time too.
  • 8 1
 > throughout cycling history the road shoe has largely remained unchanged
so have road bikes tho so
also they look like crocks
  • 6 0
 I wonder if you could put those decorative pins like crocs have on them, if so might be able to justify the price
  • 5 0
 That's a lot of pocket change for some Crocs.
  • 2 0
 I am in utter disbelief that a pair of custom zoot, one off road shoes at 1900 bucks didnt precipitate a tsunami of Outside magazine jokes. Well done PBers! Obviously we have moved on to some other stage of grief.
  • 4 0
 Why not just put some cleats on a pair of Travis Scott SB dunks.
  • 5 0
 "Special edition Olympic forks" is a mouthful, why not just "Special Olympic forks"?
  • 4 0
 Those shoes won't be aero enough for serious road cyclists.
  • 3 0
 my first thought too! You can take aerodynamics really seriously, time trial guys are wearing shoe covers, speed socks, and have aero pedals. These shoes blow all of that up.
  • 2 0
 It's not intended for road riders, it's for the Peleton crowd
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: interesting, good point
  • 1 0
 okay, dh ski boots cost up to $700 for top line model across the different brands which includes carbon shell and liner and have probably 5 times more material , features, and are much more critical for rider
  • 1 0
 I remember watching Ryan Williams make youtube scooter edits when he was 16 and knowing he would do some crazy shit in his lifetime. He may be the aussie version of Travis Pastrana
  • 1 0
 I have a Zulu 2 for my kid as well. Best purchase ever, it is basically a current geometry enduro hardtail scaled down for really little kids.
  • 3 1
 Don’t put a full face on a kid less than 4yo! You risk injuring his neck from the weight and torsion
  • 1 1
 $1900 dll shoes...... Ha! yeah right. (I'll stick to buying $500 Sidi's) 3D printing should make them more economical no ? not f%&%$^ 1000% more expensive. Charlie Hatton you beast ! that shit is straight up nuts !
  • 3 0
 Sickest pair of crocs I've ever seen!
  • 1 0
 LoreOne, seriously? What a load of bollocks. The idea itself is utterly absurd, and then you pay a marketing company to ramp up the nonsense to a whole new level :-D
  • 1 0
 Been thinking about it for a while and after watching that show ad I’m going to go for it and buy some crocs. A shoes not just a shoe!
  • 3 0
 LOVE the bike flip. My new favourite bike trick ever.
  • 2 0
 Go Harley! (Just to my daughter to the bike park for the first time....)
  • 1 0
 seriously impressive from that little guy ...that and finding a bike with suspension that can fit a 2 year old?!
  • 1 0
 And props to Harleys mum, chasing a keen kid around is tiring stuff.
  • 2 0
 @Velocipedestrian: try having 2 year old twins at a pump track. Mine can’t pedal yet so they both need boosts to get them over a few of the big ones. And when they inevitably crash they both do it at the same time on opposite ends of the track. Never sweated so much in years. Lol.

Wouldn’t change a thing
  • 1 0
 The 'ride' up the climbing wall must be the first good performance coming from Rosettenheim.
  • 1 0
 This sounds like the Dyson dude, but ya $1900 for a pair of carbon Crocs seems pricey
  • 1 0
 For $1900, you could buy an ok aluminum mtb bike or an ok carbon road bike.
  • 2 0
 OR... you could buy shoes.
  • 1 0
 @warmerdamj: But then you would just have shoes and no bike to ride.
  • 2 0
 That bike flip though... WOW.
  • 2 0
 Has anyone pointed out that meteors don't rise? Meteors fall.
  • 1 0
 UCI: “pro equipment has to be available to the public”

Lore: “hold my beer”
  • 1 1
 Louboutin shoes for the week, $1900 bike shoes for the weekend. Makes sense for my dentist.
  • 1 0
 Didn't know Crocs were getting into the bike business...
  • 1 0
 Those shoes… It proves once again you can’t buy taste
  • 1 0
 ah yes instagram
what next tik tok??
  • 1 0
 $1900 for a shoe, and not one single key pocket!
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