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by Shane Stokes
August 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan takes photo-finish victory on stage one of the BinckBank Tour; Contador announces he will retire after Vuelta a España; Hansen to ride Vuelta a España after all, will begin 19th consecutive Grand Tour; Gilbert extends for two years with QuickStep, targets victory in San Remo and Roubaix; Trentin signs two-year deal with Orica-Scott; Haas heads to Katusha-Alpecin for 2018 and 2019 seasons; Cort Nielsen to move from Orica-Scott to Astana; Giro d’Italia 2018 to begin with three stages in Israel; Canadian track rider O’Brien out of intensive care; Walmart heirs’ fund becomes majority shareholder in Rapha; Shimano teases new footwear prior to Eurobike; Video: A day in the life of Warren Barguil
Shimano hasn’t waited until Eurobike at the end of this month to release its new footwear, with the Japanese company posting what appears to be the 2018 range on its website. Released nearly a year ago, the race-oriented S-Phyre shoes continue without change. However, it’s the endurance-focused RP range that looks set for a makeover. These shoes feature a more relaxed fit, softer sole and easier walkability when compared to the S-Phyre race range – all in the name of all day comfort.
The top-end RP9s move from a buckle and double velcro strap retention (we previously looked at the original RP9s) to a single IP1 BOA and velcro strap. Shimano claims the new shoes weigh 448g in a size EU42, a fair bit lighter than the previous RP9s at 538g in a smaller EU40. This new model will be available in four colours – navy, black, white and blue (all four pictured above).
There’s no mention of a unisex RP7, however a lower cost RP5 will be available. This shoe also features a L6 BOA (a cheaper version) and velcro strap for retention. It trades out the full carbon sole for a carbon-reinforced nylon one. The upper remains one-piece, but isn’t the same microfiber synthetic leather as the RP9.
In the women’s, new RP7 and RP5 models will be available too. The RP7 looks to have many of the same features as the men’s RP9, albeit with a cheap BOA and a slightly less stiff carbon sole. The RP5 is much the same as the men’s but with a women’s last and will be available in either a white or navy colourway.
Pricing information is not yet available; although Shimano Australia has said the new shoes should be available from September-October. For more details, visit Shimano-lifestylegear.com