The hunt for next-level performance continues with Shimano’s new S-PHYRE RC9 track (SH-RC902T) and special edition (SH-RC902S) shoes.
By maximizing power transfer and pedaling efficiency, and tricking that technology down to new RC702 and RC502/RC502W models, Shimano has created its most performance-orientated shoes, which are gracing the feet of riders from World Tour teams including Jumbo-Visma (including 2021 Olympic time trial champion and two-time Vuelta a España winner Primož Roglič), Alpecin-Fenix, Team DSM and Arkea-Samsic.
The new S-PHYRE RC9T is a specialist track racing shoe for spinters, time trial and criterium specialists. It features a stretch-resistant, surround wrapping upper to minimize foot movement and emphasize power transfer. Its external heel cup comfortably stabilizes the heel to reduce twist movements in the Achilles tendon and, together with Dynalast fitting, the RC9T positions the foot for intense accelerations and high tempo cadences.
One low-profile BOA Li2 dial with a power boost lace guide takes care of tightening the lace, a Velcro strap is added for track pedal usage, and a low stack height brings the foot closer to the pedal for more stability. Combined with a ultra-rigid 12/12 carbon outsole, the RC9T is geared for maximum power transfer.
The S-PHYRE RC9T comes only in White, in standard fitting (sizes 36-48, half sizes from 39-47) or wide fitting versions (sizes 38-48, half sizes from 39-47), at a weight of 235g (based on size 42).
The S-PHYRE RC9S is a special Dura-Ace edition of our ultimate road competition shoe, the RC902. The RC9S follows the Dura-Ace colour scheme with an enameled black surround wrap and gloss black heel cup. The pearl metal twin low-profile BOA Li2 dials add further refinements to this special edition model.
Both the S-PHYRE RC9T and RC9S feature a Silvadur anti-bacterial treatment on the insole. This prevent odour via silver ions that activate when your feet start to sweat.
The S-PHYRE RC9S is available only in Black, in standard fitting (sizes 36-48, half sizes from 39-47) or wide fitting versions (sizes 38-48, half sizes from 39-47), at a weight of 240g (based on size 42).
Echoing many technologies of the RC902 shoe, the new RC7 is infused with the S-PHYRE DNA. Smooth pedaling and efficient power transfer are taken care of via DYNALAST fitting for Achilles comfort, dual BOA dials for quick, micro-tension adjustments, and a surround wrapping upper for a glove-like fit. This time, the dials are BOA’s L6 versions, the midsole is rated 10/12 for stiffness and the Silvadur antimicrobial odour control is gone.
The new RC7 is available in Black, Red or White, in standard fitting (sizes 38-50, half sizes from 38-47) or wide fitting versions (sizes 38-50, half sizes from 38-47), at a weight of 255g (based on size 42).
The RC5 models use a mesh/TPU and synthetic leather upper material to provide that glove-like fit. This time one the midsole comes with an 8/12 stiffness rating and one BOA L6 dial is used along with a Velcro strap over the base of the toes for secure comfort on a wide range of foot shapes.
The women’s version shares the same features as the regular version but with a women’s specific last for a natural and comfortable fit.
The new RC5 is available in Blue, Black or White, in/ standard fitting (sizes 38-50) or wide fitting versions (sizes 38-50), at a weight of 241g (based on size 42). The RC502 Women comes Turquoise, Black or White, in a standard fitting (sizes 36-44), at a weight of 228g (size 40).
All new RC models are compatible with Shimano’s SPD-SL pedals (eg PD-R9100, PD-R8000 or PD-R7000) and will be available at Shimano retailers from October 2021.
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