Employing its heritage of innovation and engineering technology, Shimano expands its cycling apparel and shoe offerings with five stand-out lines for the 2019 season. A full update of the S-PHYRE elite competition range headlines the new lineup and is accompanied by new designs for the TRANSIT range of stylish urban apparel, SUMIRE line of women’s performance gear, and new road and off-road footwear choices.
In the quest for state-of-the-art aerodynamics, minimal weight and optimum temperature regulation the S-PHYRE range expands with a next-generation professional grade racing jersey and bib shorts, plus eyewear, gloves, arm warmers, leg warmers, a sleeveless base layer and footwear. Working closely with the elite professionals at Team Lotto NL-Jumbo has given SHIMANO the insight to make subtle adjustments to S-PHYRE materials, fittings and cuts, chamois pads to achieve a harmony of design, form and function. And yes, even those S-PHYRE socks have been updated too with a new top-of-foot pattern for added cushioning.
The SUMIRE range elevates SHIMANO’s women’s cycling clothing with elegant and subtle designs, luxurious fabric and a women’s fit that meets the demands of both performance and comfort. Following Shimano’s Fusion concept, which sees clothing system engineered to become one with the rider, the range includes jerseys in blue, black, purple, green or white patterned colorways with matching SUMIRE shorts (options with and without bibs) and a SUMIRE Windbreak Jacket. Stand out features include customizable inseam lengths with roll-up leg hems, silicone dot print grippers, women’s performance chamois pads and UPF50+ sun protection.
New S-PHYRE RC9 road and XC9 off-road models hit the lineup with updates coming with improved ventilation and drainage areas, and a new stand-out glowing green color. The grip and toe protection on the XC9 has also been modified for added security out on the trail while the RC7 and XC7 models now feature a second BOA L6 dial for quick, micro tension adjustments with the powerzone wire guide.
For Enduro riders the ME7 now features added ventilation and weather proofing while the ME5 gets a BOA L6 dial with Velcro strap for tension adjustments and foot security. Cold weather riders get the option of the MW7 with Gore-Tex liners, fleece-lined inner sole, BOA L6 dial and ‘TORBAL’ fitting for mid-sole foot comfort. Finally, the AM5 all-mountain SPD and GR5 gravity flat pedal shoe get new colorways and added heel and outsole traction to improve grip.
To complete the interconnected system philosophy, SHIMANO’s specific shoe and pedal combinations have been improved with the 105 SPD-SL road pedals (PD-R7000) and XTR MTB pedals (PD-M9100/9120 XTR) released earlier this year, plus new BMX SPD pedals (PD-MX70) and single-sided Explorer SPD pedals (PD-ES600 and PD-EH500).