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by Shane Stokes
February 23, 2018
Viviani wins stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour; Barnes wins stage 1 of Setmana Ciclista Valenciana; Von Hoff fractures four vertebrae, yet keeps fingers crossed for Commonwealth Games; Olympic MTB champ Jenny Rissveds breaks contract to address mental health; Boonen takes up role with Lotto-Soudal and Captains of Cycling project; Shimano unveil new S-Phyre R and X premium eyewear; New Cannondale aero bike spotted; Video: WNT-Rotor ready for 2018
With development help from the likes of Steven Kruijswijk, George Bennett and Robert Gesink, Shimano is soon to add eyewear to its premium S-Phyre footwear and clothing lineup. The new S-PHYRE R (CE-SPHR1) and S-PHYRE X (CE-SPHX1) sunglasses, claimed to weight 25.6 and 28.6g respectively, are designed for the performance-minded cyclist. They will sit in a price bracket well above that of existing Shimano eyewear.
Shimano claims the new eyewear models offer a “form-fitting design to reduce airflow turbulence and fit snugly around the temples”and that the involved Team LottoNL-Jumbo riders helped emphasise the need for “large lenses for increased protection, darker lens tints for higher visibility in bright-light conditions, secure but comfortable fittings, and strong anti-scratch coatings.”
The S-Phyre R offers a one-piece lens with a rimless frame, while the S-Phyre X (pictured) sees a top half-frame hold the lens in place, with a detachable and optional lower frame. The framed S-Phyre X will be available in black or blue.
Both models will be available with either a Photochromic dark grey-red lens (13-62% light transmission) with a second mirror lens (85% light transmission) provided; or with a Polarized Red MLC lens (16% light transmission) and the same secondary mirrored lens. The lenses are made of light weight Japanese Teijin Policarbonate and feature super Hydrophobic coatings on both sides to increase water repellency.
Expect these glasses to appear in stores from April 2018, although Shimano Australia won’t be stocking the product right away. Pricing is to be confirmed but expect them to sit at the premium end.