Shimano’s 30-plus years of experience in crafting cycling footwear laid the framework for their foray across nearly every discipline in the sport. Their latest releases the RC902T and the RX8 offer updated takes on their popular road and gravel/cyclocross options.
Shimano’s hunt for next-level performance continues with the introduction of the track and sprint-focused S-PHYRE RC902T shoes as well as the limited-edition Dura-Ace RC902S S-PHYRE kicks. Maximizing power transfer and pedaling efficiency, these performance-oriented shoes can be spotted on the feet of the world’s best track sprinters as well as top professional teams like Jumbo-Visma, Alpecin-Fenix, Team DSM, and Arkea-Samsic. Additionally, Shimano trickles down top-of-the-line technology to its new RC702 and RC502/RC502W models, bringing premium performance and fit to even more riders.
S-PHYRE RC902T Track/Sprint Shoe
For riders who demand the ultimate in power transfer and control, the all-new RC902T combines the latest S-PHYRE technologies and construction with BOA Li2 dials for the fiercest finishing sprints, track races, time trials, and criteriums. Featuring a stretch-resistant, Surround Upper to minimize foot side-to-side movement, the external heel cup comfortably stabilizes the heel to reduce twisting movements. One low-profile BOA Li2 dial with Power Boost lace guide and a single Velcro strap provide a strong and comfortable hold while maintaining compatibility with toe straps for seamless power transfer on the track. A low stack height also brings the foot close to the pedal for added stability while Shimano’s ultra-rigid 12/12 carbon outsole is geared for maximum power transfer.
●Stretch-resistant, 360-Degree Surround Upper
●Microfiber leather upper construction
●Li2 BOA dial with Power Boost lacing
●Toe strap compatible
●Anti-twist heel cup structure
●Silvadur anti-bacterial treated insole
●Sizes: 38-48, Half-sizes 42.5-45.5
●Available Colors: White
●Weight: 235g (size 42)
SHIMANO RX8 SHOE
With countless podium placings at gravel races aroundthe globe, Shimano’s RX8 shoe hasproven itsracing pedigree time and time again. Now, these podium-seeking shoes are offered in two limited edition colorways inspired by the golden hour rides and rocky desert landscapes that we so often find ourselves immersed induring our favorite gravel adventures. The new Bonze RX8 colorway is availble as Shimano’s unisex offering while the women’s specific Yellow Gold RX8 option features a narrower fit for small to mid-sized feet. “The inspiration for the new yellow gold colorway is drawn from my long-way-homegolden hour commute option where gravel routes are abundant. The bronze is inspired by the vast red-rock desert landscapes that, when paired with long days in the saddle, are food for the soul.”-Jessie Gascon, Shimano’s Lifestyle Gear Product Manager.
First introduced in 2019, the RX8 gravel race shoe blendsthe top features of Shimano’s premium mountain bike and road racing footwear for a perfect balance of pedaling performance and off-the-bike capability. The RX8 is one of the lightest off-road shoes in Shimano’s line-up, weighing in at just 265 grams(size 42), providing valuable energy savings over the thousands of pedal strokes it takes to get through a long gravel race or all-day adventure ride. The RX8 also features a heel stabilizer, toe protector, lightweight carbon composite sole with anti-slip pad in the cleat channel, a wide pedal contact block, and TPU lugs in the heel and toe for walking grip. Finally, the supple one-piece synthetic upper with perforated venting keeps the foot snugly in place while allowing airflow to keep things comfortable, even on hot summer rides. The Bronze RX8 is available in sizes 38-46 while the women’s specific Yellow Gold RX8 is available in sizes 36-44.