CX 241 Cycling Shoe
- A race-ready shoe with extra durability features
- The Race Carbon sole provides efficient power transfer
- Supple full-grain leather upper conforms to your foot
- Dual IP1 Boa closure dials offer a micro-adjustable fit
- Compatible with three-bolt road cleats
- CX/TX Competition last is snug but still allows room under hard efforts
- Item #LKC002B
What do you think about this product?
January 9, 2020
Finally, shoes that truly fit my feet!
After a year of use, I'm seriously impressed with these shoes! I have wide feet with narrow heels (yeah, like a duck) and have always had a hard time finding comfortable cycling shoes. After being pretty happy with other Lake shoes, I did some research on their various lasts and as it turns out, the "Competition" last used in the CX241 is shaped more like my feet. They also provide actual measurements for all sizes and lasts on their website (https://lakecycling.com/pages/sizing-charts), so you can compare tracings of your feet to them to get an accurate fit. I didn't even have to go with their wide option to get a near-perfect fit. The heels are heat-moldable and I could probably perfect the fit by molding them, but I haven't yet. They were very comfortable right out of the box and were broken in as much as necessary after a couple of rides. Even the somewhat skimpy-looking insoles work quite well. The uppers are an interesting combination of a perforated foam and mesh inner liner, with fabric-backed, perforated leather panels that over-wrap the liner and provide the closure system. There are openings in the leather at common pressure points, such as the base of the large and small toes, which is absolutely brilliant! This construction allows the shoe to mold to your foot readily and hold it securely without having to be overly tight. It’s also quite airy and cool, although I did have to make one minor modification to improve airflow. The fabric on the inside of the leather panels is not perforated, so I poked an awl through the vent holes in the leather to open holes in the fabric. An interesting by-product of this multi-layer, foam/mesh liner construction is that once you put covers over the shoes, they trap air really well and are actually quite warm. It also allows the shoes to expand to accommodate thicker socks without creating any blood flow restrictions. My feet have been perfectly comfortable down to 40 degrees F with shoe covers and medium weight wool socks. I guess I’ll save my winter shoes (which are also Lakes) for colder temps. UPDATE: I delayed molding the heels until recently, when I purchased the matching MX241 for off-road use. I used a different method than Lake recommends. I heated a large bowl of water to 200 degrees, removed the insole, put the heel of the shoe in a thin plastic bag, tucked the plastic into the heel, then submerged the heel in the water for 90 seconds. It became very pliable and after removing the bag and reinserting the insole, it was easy to mold for a perfect fit. It took more time to heat the water than to mold the four shoes and it's definitely worth doing.
September 28, 2019
My New Favorite Shoes
These are simply the best road shoes I've ever owned. I've been a Sidi wearer for over 25 years and will never go back. The genius design of these shoes is great for wide feet, plus it ensures a great fit. They also look Pro! From a sizing perspective, I traced my foot and came up with a 44.5 but I ordered both 44.5 and 45 to see which fit better. I wear a Sidi 45 and have a US size 11 foot. The 44.5 was a better fit for me. The heat mold-able heel cup is really helpful, but the top of the heal still stays a bit wider than Sidi.
June 17, 2019
Great shoe, awesome comfort and fit
This is my second pair of Lake road shoes. I have a pair of CX 237 road shoes which are great, I really like the wide toe box of the lake shoes, which are a good choice for my feet since I have issues with a Morton's Neuroma on one foot. The issue I had with my CX 237s was that during indoor winter training the leather heel lining would get wet from sweat then dry out and eventually started to crack as it became less supple. Probably my fault for not conditioning the leather, but I was looking for a Lake shoe that had a synthetic liner that would dry better and be more durable. The CX 241 seemed to fit the bill. After using the shoe for a couple of months I think I'm ready to review it. Like all Lake shoes it requires little to no break in time to fit like a glove. These shoes are the most comfortable I've worn. The carbon sole is very stiff and easy to position cleats precisely were you want them to be. The boa retention system allows perfect fit and two-way adjustment on the fly. I was a bit concerned about the mesh on the sides and if the shoe would be durable, but so far it's been fine and I I don't think it will be a problem. The big plus of the mess is that the shoes dry very quickly when wet- from soaked to totally dry over night after a long rainy ride. With all the mesh you will probably want to wear shoe covers on really cool fall or spring days. Sizing is pretty true. I have worn a size 45.5 in Sidis and 45 in Fiziks and the 45 is perfect for me in the Lake. My foot tends to be a bit narrow, but the heel cup in the Lake fits fine All-in-all I'm very please with the CX 241s and the two-way adjustability of the boa system and moldable heel cup are nice upgrades from the 237s and for me worth the greater price.