Interbike ’13: Shimano- Shoes, Apparel, & More- by Guitar Ted
Shimano is always at Interbike, but the big news for this show wasn’t some new shiny component group, but it was about shoes, an apparel line announcement, and some components on their “Pro” brand side. Let’s start right off with the shoes….
Shimano Brings Dynalast Technology To MTB Shoes: Road cyclists have enjoyed the form-able, exoskeleton construction on their upper end Shimano shoes, a technology Shimano calls “Dynalast”, for a while now. Shimano announced that it will now offer this on the mountain bike side with the “Dynalast XC” mountain bike shoes. The new models are SH-XC90, SH-XC-70, and the SH-XC61.
The new shoes are said to hold the foot in an optimized position which will increase pedaling efficiency and optimize the rider’s “toe spring angle”. Shimano claims that Dynalast creates less muscle tension for a fuller freer hip rotation.
Besides this, these new upper end shoes shed weight over their predecessors yet they retain their stiffness and help riders transfer more power to the pedals. Furthermore; a new open block interchangeable spike and lug design help to shed mud and dirt better and is custom tuneable by the rider. Finally, the straps are Shimano’s “Cross X-Strap design which features straps that pull from opposite sides of the shoe and Shimano claims this new design relieves pressure over nerves in a sensitive part of the foot.
The numbers on the SH-XC90 are impressive: Weight is 632 grams for the pair. The efficiency increase from the Dynalast technology is claimed to be 5.23%, (Shimano claims this is the amount of unwanted loss of upward momentum gained back by the shoe). Price? $370.00 MSRP. Yes…..these are some pricy slippers, but the cost is certainly well within the range for top of the line racing shoes.
We’ll have much more to share on these shoes since both Grannygear and I have them for test and review. Is the SH-XC90 too pricy for you? Well we also have a pair of Shimano SH-XC30 shoes to review as well. (MSRP $90.00) Look for a tech intro to come soon on both shoes.
Shimano Brings Apparel Line To North America: Along with the new shoes, Shimano also announced a new effort to bring over the apparel line it has sold in Europe and beyond over the past decade. Expect to see a full line up from recreational clothing to sport level clothing and even elite, racing type duds. Shimano has several technologies and price points with garments ranging from tights, jackets and touring clothing to racing bibs and jerseys. Matched colorways are the main theme of the look so that riders can choose color coordinated kits for a streamlined overall look which even extends to the shoes Shimano sells.
Shimano “PRO” Components:
We also saw the full line up of road and mountain components from Shimano’s own PRO line of gear. The theme here is durable, matched graphics, and XC to DH level equipment as well as road racing level bars, stems, and posts. The PRO line also includes accessories like handle bar tape for drop bars, (super grippy, by the way!), and tools. Their line of multi-tools is pretty slick and impressive.
Stay tuned for more special reports from Interbike.