We test out Shimano's new shoes with off-road specific outsoles

All you had to do was look along the gate at the Olympic BMX final in Rio to see that over half the riders were wearing Shimano XC shoes, and by simply looking at the S-Phyre XC9 in detail it’s no surprise. With a glove-like fit and low stack height for maximum power transmission, these XC9’s are filled with the all the design and performance needed to get to that first corner first. To top it off, they look the absolute business (who doesn’t like that ‘fast’ blue colourway!).

The XC9 uses a new lightweight off road specific outsole that is more durable and provides good abrasion resistance. Its proprietary outsole was designed in conjunction with Michelin, offering increased traction off the bike while minimizing weight thanks to high traction, mud-shedding tread patterns.

“Designed to perfectly integrate with SPD pedals, Shimano delivers the ultimate off-road race pedalling system available.”

The outsole has a minimalist, three section outsole with dual-compound rubber, a lighter triangle knob design and new anti-slip arch pattern to provide extra grip in the mid-arch section.

Designed to perfectly integrate with SPD pedals, Shimano delivers the ultimate off-road race pedaling system available.


  • Two Boas closing design
  • Weight: 325g (size 42)
  • Size: 38, 39, 40-47 in Half Sizes; 48; Wide Sizes: 40-48
  • Colors: Blue, Yellow & Black


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