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Shimano pedal-out new entry-level 2021 RC and XC cycling shoe models

The new Shimano RC3 and RC1 Road shoes and XC3 and XC1 MTB shoes promise comfort and great power transfer for riders just starting out in cycling.

Dedicated racing cycling shoes are typically the first piece of kit that identify ‘cyclists’ from those who simply ride bikes, which makes the choice of entry level shoe an important step towards unlocking the performance potential of a rider. That’s why Shimano has updated its competitive entry-level road and cross-country kicks with features and technologies trickled down from the company’s elite level professional shoe lines.

RC collection:

Proving their class on first impressions, the most immediate thing to notice is how the new Shimano RC3 (RC300) and RC1 (RC100) models share similar looks and features to the Shimano S-PHYRE shoes worn many by Pro Tour professionals.

Of course, emulating the look of a pro is one thing, but emulating the performance is quite another. To help in that regard though the RC3 comes with:

  • a micro-adjustable Boa L6 dial in the mid-outer section which enables riders to find the perfect fit even whilst riding
  • a surround wrapping upper, seamless midsole construction and glass fibre reinforced nylon sole provide for comfort
  • a low-stack midsole providing extra stability and control when the speed goes up,
Shimano RC3

All these features are trickled down from Shimano’s premium models, meaning that the RC3 can stake a serious claim for that sweet spot shoe that brings comfort on big rides and delivers efficient power transfer when you put the hammer down.

RC3: Stiffness: 6/12, weight: 243g. Size availability: Men’s, 36-52; women’s, 35-44; wide versions 36-52. Colours available: Black, White, Red

The RC1 on the other hand is more towards the comfort end of the spectrum with:

  • triple Velcro straps for an adjustable fit
  • a breathable mesh upper shell to keep your feet in place without too much pressure
  • a outsole similar to the RC3 models, which brings power output and comfortable walkability with it’s 6/12 rated stiffness sole
Shimano RC1

Overall the RC1 offers a great mix of day-to-day ease of use, comfort and value for money.

RC1: weight: 238g. Size availability: Men’s, 36-50; women’s, 36-44. Colours available: Black, Yellow, Navy

For more details on Shimano’s Road shoes see

XC collection:

The Shimano XC models also feature the DNA of the premium S-PHYRE MTB range, with high-end looks and the capability to deliver performance.

The XC3 features:

  • a Boa L6 dial for micro-adjustability on the go
  • SHIMANO’s Dynalast fitting to reduce fatigue over longer distances.
  • a low stack height (thanks to the removal of the lasting board) which stabilizes the foot for better power transfer
  • toe and heel protection and tough lugs so the XC3 can shrug off dirt, mud and anything else thrown at it.

The Shimano XC3 is available in Black and Navy colours. Stiffness: 5/12, weight: 332g. Size availability: Men’s, 36-52; women’s, 35-44; wide versions 36-52.

Like the RC1, the Shimano XC1 recognises that comfort and ease of use are the essential feature of a pair of shoes, and it gets that spot on with:

  • three offset Velcro straps to reduce tension yet spread the tightening force across the foot upper
  • an upper fashioned from perforated synthetic leather for great breathability and fit
  • a lightweight glass fiber reinforced nylon sole with rubber XC outsole to promote a stable pedal engagement, secure walking grip and assured power transfer.
Shimano XC1

The XC1 is available in Black and Red colours. RC1: Stiffness: 5/12, weight: 334g. Size availability: Men’s, 38-50; women’s, 36-44.

For more details see

Source: Shimano Europe

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