Outsole stiffness is optimized for different riding uses.
More rigid options prioritize power output and less rigid options allow for greater walkability.
For example, the stiffness of the RC9, which is made for professional road racers, is rated at the maximum 12 on our own Stiffness Index.
On the other end of this index with a stiffness rating of 2, are shoes like the GR5 and CT5 that are intended for a wider range
of riders that spend more time off the bike.
Our outsole patterns and materials are also tailored for each type of riding surface, style, and course. SHIMANO off-road shoes feature highquality rubber outsoles that offer great traction on various surfaces, better grip to pedal via pins, and even higher durability. The performance of off-road shoes is also heavily infl uenced by the pattern and quality of the rubber outsole material. Through co-development with specialized brands, we are able to provide the best outsole for each riding style.
Better walkability in mud / Pedaling stability / Lightweight
Better grip on dirt, mud and wet rocks.
Better grip on flat pedals.
The Shoe and Pedal That Changed The Way We Ride
SHIMANO changed the industry by introducing a cleat system that fits in the sole of the shoe.
A key advantage of a clip-in system was that riders could now walk safely and comfortably.
The intuitive simplicity of the system allows you to just step on the pedal to lock-in and simply twist the heel to unlock.
With this innovation, new ways of riding were born. Besides its success with off-road riding, it allowed riders to dismount the bike, take breaks, and walk around more freely.
SPD’s biggest strength is its highly efficient power transfer
1 Maintain stable pedaling at the optimal position.
2 Improved bike control by connecting directly with pedal.
3 Wide variety of shoe and pedal combinations optimized for the riding style.
Pedal and Shoe Systems Optimized for Each Riding Style.
SHIMANO offers variants of the SPD system optimized for on-road and off-road styles, with the addition of CLICK’R and flat pedals for ultimate versatility.
Our SHIMANO GR series is specially designed for the uniquely challenging demands of gravity riding.
Riding with flat pedals requires a stronger interface between shoe and pedal.
Our shoe and pedal platform system is designed to rapidly respond to the dynamic challenges that gravity riders face.
Gravity Riding Shoes
MAXIMIZE GRIP WITH MORE CONTACT BETWEEN SHOE AND PEDAL
Widened arch area of outsole maximizes contact with the pedal.
Sole contact area maximized. Raised pins at base of the pedal grab into the outsole for a grippier interface.
COMBINATION OF OUTSOLE RUBBER AND PEDAL PINS PROVIDES MAXIMUM GRIP
Lower Pedaling Pressure Heigher Pedaling Pressure
When pedaling pressure exceeds normal levels, the pins sink more deeply into the base rubber of the outsole.
Pin length, number and placement are all optimized. Under lighter pedaling pressure, the pins are stopped and held in place by the shallow exterior pattern.
RX8 Featherweight Gravel Racing Shoes
As the popularity of Gravel riding and races continues to increase, century, Gran Fondo and charity riders are shifting to endurance bikes with gravel capability. However for many riders, XC and MTB shoes are too heavy or overkill for their actual riding styles. Road shoes are lighter, and can offer better pedaling stability, but are not suited for off-road use or walkability. RX8 Featherweight Gravel Racing Shoes are custom built for gravel riding and offer the benefits of both road shoes and MTB shoes.
- HEEL STANBILIZER
- MINIMUM WALKING
- CARBON COMPOSITE SOLE
- ANTI‐SLIP &
- TOE PROTECTOR
- MINIMUM WALKING
- WIDER CONTACT
CARBON COMPOSITE SOLE
MINIMUM WALKING TOE PADS
SHIMANO Original Compound and Pattern Maximizes Grip and Durability
Gravel Specific New Out Sole
- HEEL PATTERN
- NEW EXTENDED PEDAL
CHANNEL FOR STABLE
SHOE TO PEDAⅬ PLATFORM
WHEN NOT CLIPPED IN.
- WIDER CONTACT AREA
OPTIMIZED FOR PD-M820.
- TOE PATTERN OPTIMIZED FOR TRACTION
HEEL PATTERN OPTIMIZED
NEW EXTENDED PEDAL CHANNEL FOR STABLE
SHOE TO PEDAⅬ PLATFORM WHEN NOT CLIPPED IN.
WIDER CONTACT AREA
OPTIMIZED FOR PD-M820.
TOE PATTERN OPTIMIZED