Without a doubt, I have more cycling shoes than walking shoes… and these new Shimano S-PHYRE kicks will tease me until I buy some.
New construction techniques and improved comfort
The one-piece outer on S-PHYRE footwear is made from supple, stretch-resistant and highly breathable Teijin Avail microfiber synthetic leather with perforated dimple vents, that are even more flexible, providing a glove-like fit. The surround wrap upper also better accommodates a wider range of foot shapes, now enabling up to E+ wide widths in a standard size. Accentuating the all-new upper design, two independent Boa IP1 dials with Powerzone wire lacing allow for quick and precise micro-adjustments.
New S-PHYRE footwear features a new outsole construction technique that eliminates the lasting board, reducing weight and the stack height, resulting in improved stability and increased power transfer. Additionally, an external heel cup suppresses foot twist and roll, allowing for maximized power output through the ultra-rigid carbon sole.
SHIMANO S-PHYRE RC9
The pinnacle of road race performance, every aspect of the RC9 was designed to maximize power transmission from rider to bicycle using a systematic approach. Taking into account physics and rider physiology alike, Shimano engineers aimed to deliver the ultimate in power transmission and rider comfort.
– Weight: 232g (size 42)
– Size: 36, 37-47 in Half Sizes; 48; Wide Type Size: 40-48
– Colors: blue, white, yellow and limited edition black
– MSRP: US $400.00
SHIMANO S-PHYRE XC9
The S-PHYRE XC9 is road-shoe fast meets mountain-shoe rugged. Packed with many of the same engineering advancements found in the RC9, the XC9 has a glove-like fit and low stack height for maximum power transmission with the performance needed to excel in professional off-road and cyclocross competition.
The XC9 uses a new lightweight cross country and cyclocross specific outsole that is more durable and provides good abrasion resistance. Its proprietary outsole was designed in conjunction with Michelin, offering increased traction off the bike while minimizing weight thanks to high traction, mud-shedding tread patterns. The outsole has a minimalist, three section outsole with dual-compound rubber, a lighter triangle knob design and new anti-slip arch pattern to provide extra grip in the mid-arch section.
For the ultimate grip in sloppy conditions, optional new extra-long 18mm toe spikes are accompanied by a reinforced spike mount. Designed to perfectly integrate with SPD pedals, Shimano delivers the ultimate off-road race pedaling system available.
– Weight: 325g (size 42)
– Size: 38, 39, 40-47 in Half Sizes; 48; Wide Sizes: 40-48
– Colors: blue, yellow, black
– MSRP: US $400