Continuing on with early releases coming in this week with Eurobike on the horizon is a new shoe from Shimano – the S-Phyre XC9. Aimed at XC with BOA dials and an outsole collaboration with Michelin, the shoe has some promising features.
After months of testing with professional riders on the World Tour road and cross country circuits Shimano has revealed the name and features behind the footwear everyone’s been talking about. The new S-PHYRE elite footwear range matches Shimano’s ambitions to create the most technologically advanced cycling solutions in the world. The S-PHYRE concept has one goal: to maximize power transmission by delivering more performance and making the most efficient use of the connection points between the bike, the footwear, the movement of the rider and the rider’s muscles.
SHIMANO S-PHYRE XC9: The XC9 combines the power-transferring benefits of a road shoe with the rugged qualities needed for off-road racing. The outsole minimizes weight to 325g (size 42) and offers increased traction over rocks and roots and adherence towards SPD pedals.
Asymmetrically positioned molded studs help provide grip while optional 18mm spikes increase the
XC9’s winning combination in extreme conditions. Available in blue and yellow, sizes 36-48 include half sizes and wide fitting options.
To increase synergy and power transfer between the footwear and the rider, S-PHYRE RC9 and XC9 shoes are sold with colour-matching professional grade S-PHYRE long ankle racing socks. These socks are designed with temperature-regulating sole ventilation, cushioning comfort in pressure areas, anatomically contoured construction with woven-in ankle guides, anti-slip heel stability, with an extra-tall cuff that’s guaranteed not to droop. Did we mention they look great too!