New Shimano Road Performance Shoes for Everyone

The Shimano Road Performance shoes are designed to meet the needs of road cyclists who are not racing, yet look for performance, speed, and comfort.

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Shimano Performance Road Shoes

Bike Rumor says the shoes are meant for road riders looking for good shoes at a reasonable price.

Fitting into their new Road Performance category, the four new models seek to offer an ideal balance of performance at attainable prices and high comfort levels. All of the new RP series shoes are built ont he Shimano Dynalast shape and with the exception of the RP9 above, all RP models are available in a narrower women’s specific fit. The reason for the lack of the women’s RP9 happens to be due to the fact that there is a new WR84 which steps in as a new competitive race shoe for the ladies

Shimano launched four-model road performance shoe range + new womens & tri shoes last year seen here in road.cc.

The RP series shoes are “designed to bridge the gap between competitive level performance and new road cyclists”, according to the manufacturer. So they sit below the flagship R321 shoes that were launched earlier in the year and cover a range of price points and uses.

 

Here is Bike Radar’s take on the new shoes.

The new range consists of the RP9, RP5, RP3 and entry-level RP2. All RP models feature Shimano’s Dynalast shape, which is claimed to provide a more natural platform for the foot and leads to increased pedaling efficiency, less fatigue and reduced chance of overuse injury.

There will also be women’s specific versions of the RP5, RP3 and RP2. There is no RP9, as that position will be taken by the new WR-84 performance shoe.

Shimano Road Performance Shoes Review: RP9

The top of the Shimano Road Performance shoes is the RP9 with a carbon sole and performance like the top race models at a fraction of the cost.

The top of the Shimano Road Performance shoes is the RP9 with a carbon sole and performance like the top race models at a fraction of the cost. Image from road.cc.

 

RP9 is meant for riders who want speed and performance, but who don’t need the super stiffness – and cost – of a racing shoe.

RP9 Review from CyclingTips

RP9 Review from roadcc

Verdict: Nearly as good as Shimano’s pro-level shoes at not much more than half the price. Shimano’s new RP9 shoes are a really excellent race and performance shoe that brings much of the quality and fit of the pro-level 300-series shoes down to a much more affordable level. It’s less of a trickle down, more of a flood. They’re great.

Shimano Road Performance Shoes Review: RP5

The Shimano Road Performance RP5 is a high-quality shoe with top performance features at a very reasonable price.

The Shimano Road Performance RP5 is a high-quality shoe with top performance features at a very reasonable price. Image from road.cc.

 

RP5 review from allaboutheride.com

Very good road cycling shoe with some nice little features including an adjustable closure system. Really like the understated design and if you are brave enough, the white version looks very professional. Good stiff sole and well ventilated.

RP5 review from roadcc

Very comfortable and smart-looking road shoes for a decent price – recommended
The Shimano Road Perfomance RP2 is the entry level road shoe with a stiff sole and comfortable insole.

The Shimano Road Perfomance RP2 is the entry level road shoe with a stiff sole and comfortable insole. Image from road.cc.

Shimano Road Performance Shoes: WR-84

 

The women-specific WR84 is the top of the line Shimano Road Performance shoes for women.

The women-specific WR84 is the top of the line Shimano Road Performance shoes for women. Image from road.cc.

Bike Rumor says the women’s version of the RP9 is the WR-84.
Breaking away into the performance line, the women’s version of the RP9 is called the WR84. Shimano points out that while all of their shoes are technically unisex, the WR84 was designed specifically with women’s feet in mind with a narrower heel pocket, less volume, more support for the instep, and a smaller toe box. Meant for full on racing, the shoe includes a textured upper surround, an adaptable reverse buckle for better fit on different shaped feet, and a carbon fiber sole. The weight is listed at 500g.

Shimano Triathlon Performance Shoes: TR9

Shimano also released a new triathlon-performance shoe, the TR9, says Bike Rumor.

Finally, triathletes will be happy to see the new TR9 in the line up. Marking the 13th year Shimano has produced tri specific footwear, the TR9 is an elite level tri racing shoe with a 10/12 stiffness rated carbon sole. Offered in men’s specific fit in Blue, and a women’s specific fit in white, the TR9 uses a two strap velcro closure with the main strap reversed for easier adjustment while on the bike. Fully synthetic, the shoes won’t stretch and at 502g for a size 40 they’re fairly light. Built with a perforated upper and massive mesh panels, the TR9s will help your feet dry out after your swim and stay cool for hot days in the saddle.

Rather than fixed SPD SL bolt holes like many shoes have, the TR9 provides an additional 11mm of adjustment on top of the 11mm of adjustment from the cleats for perfect cleat placement. Built with a Dynalast footbed, TR9s are designed to be comfortable with or without socks.

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