The new Shimano RC9 S-Phyre shoes are the self-claimed pinnacle of road competition footwear for long distance comfort and efficiency, and they really are up there with the best road shoes on the market. The interest in this new wave of Shimano shoe began back in April pf 2016, when Sep Vanmarcke finished third in Flanders. His stunning, unlabelled footwear was a hot topic amongst spectators of the race, and after his podium finish, numerous other Shimano sponsored riders were seen donning these same shoes in races around the world. The cycling world was then poised, waiting eagerly to see what the Japanese power house had come up with next, and, now we have them in our hands here at Pushys, we're super excited to show you them.
The RC900 are basically a replacement for the R321's, and offer greater features and a far more competitive weight. At a first glance, they seem to represent some sort of new-age performance change by Shimano; They've got improved ventilation and aerodynamics, a boa lock system for precise adjustments, a 3.2mm lower stack height, and a whopping 11m of extra cleat adjustment range. We are also seeing a positive change in weight, with the RC9's coming in at roughly 60g lighter than the R321's (for a size 43). Comfort has been a huge factor of change too, and it's evident in the design; 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 is also better and accommodates a wider range of foot shapes, and now enabling up to E+ wide widths in a standard size. You also get a shoe bag, a pair of half size insoles, and a pair of S-Phyre socks, which have been specifically developed for these shoes, and combine thermo regulation,comfort, ankle-roll stability and heel slip-resistance with an extra-tall cuff.