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Initial experiences with Shimano S-PHYRE

With the introduction of high-end S-PHYRE race shoes and clothing range, Shimano has set the bar high in its ongoing ambition to come up with the best technological solutions in the bicycle sector. The shoes must be lighter, stiffer, more efficient and more stylish than ever. Six months after the introduction, we take stock. How has the S-PHYRE range been received?

High-end products through collaboration with professionals

S-PHYRE is Shimano's new high-end range that includes race and off-road shoes. There is also a luxury S-PHYRE clothing collection for road racers. Both the shoes and the clothing are absolute top quality. By involving professionals in the innovation and development process, a product has been created that meets the demands of performance cyclists. Various professional road racers, from teams like Team Sky, Team Lotto Jumbo and Team Sunweb, have already won competitions on S-PHYRE. Also many MTB and cyclo-cross riders are delighted with their S-PHYRE gear. 


S-PHYRE clothing has been available since March at S-PHYRE Premium Dealers. These are specially selected stores. The shoe has been available for longer and can be purchased at a Shimano dealer near you*. We asked users and sellers of S-PHYRE shoes for some feedback.

Professional road racer Lars Boom (Team Lotto Jumbo)

“The entire Lotto Jumbo road race team uses S-PHYRE. We wear both the clothing and the race shoes. The shoes are very comfortable. If you play sport at the highest levels, you need material that performs equally well. The RC9 shoe is just such a product. For me it's important that the shoe fits comfortably, and especially that it isn't too tight and doesn't pinch. And that's indeed the case with this shoe. I think Shimano has made a very stiff shoe with the S-PHYRE. And that's important, as you want all your power to be transferred to the crank. I don't lose any power with this shoe. For cyclo-cross by the way, I use the XC9 shoe. I'm really enthusiastic about that too, in particular its special Michelin sole. That ensures excellent grip.”

Store Manager Martijn Kip from Fietsenwinkel Ten Tusscher

What's funny is after I went to Schladming to ride and race the iXS Cup, and I hurt myself in Schladming and had to fly home, and leave the camper and everything in Austria. I flew home and went to see the specialist and he said, "You've broken a bone in your thumb." I couldn't race at Schladming, and fter that I had a couple of weeks off so I stayed at home and just did rehab on my hand. I didn't ride the downhill bike for what must have been three weeks. I went to Lenzerheide with an open mind really, just seeing if I could ride. At first, it was really sore, but it came good in the end. It was funny, because I hadn't ridden for three weeks before that and I went there and won, so it was crazy really. I guess expect the unexpected. I didn't really ride as much in Lenzerheide as I would at a normal World Cup. Then I went on to win. I don't think anything really changed, I was just getting on the podium consistently. When you do that, I think a win is there or there abouts as the level is so high.

Amateur road racer Patrick Donker

“I cycle a lot. I try to cycle at least four times a week and also to ride amateur competitions. I bought the RC9 because I really fell in love with the shoe. I saw professional road racer Steven Kruijswijk last year in these shoes competing in the Giro d’Italia and just thought that everything about the shoe was exactly right. But what do I like most? The comfort, the stiffness, the fit and the BOA system. But to get the best performance from the shoe, it needs to be used in combination with the socks that belong to it, and which work seamlessly with the shoe. And not unimportant in my eyes - they look great. One nice little extra benefit is that the shoe is available in precisely the same colour of blue that fits my new bike.”

More about S-PHYRE

There is an S-PHYRE shoe to suit both road racers and off-road riders. The properties in a nutshell:

  • RC9 race shoes
    The lightest race shoes ever from Shimano, and the pinnacle in the world of race shoes. The shoes are stable thanks to their rounded heel and can be accurately adjusted thanks to the dual BOA system. Further the shoes have an extremely stiff carbon sole. And that means your energy is transferred efficiently to your pedals. The RC9 is made of strong breathable artificial leather and ventilates well. 

  • XC9 off-road shoes
    A shoe that is just as comfortable, light and stiff as the RC9. The XC9 is also equipped with the dual BOA system and a rounded heel that ensure stability. Further the patented Michelin-rubber outer sole provides perfect grip and traction. 

In addition to race shoes, an S-PHYRE clothing range has also been developed. This is body-hugging and aerodynamic cycling gear aimed at top performance.

Are you a fanatical road racer or MTBer looking for the perfect shoes, in terms of both performance and appearance? Then take a look at the Shimano website or visit an S-PHYRE Premium dealer. Maybe S-PHYRE really is for you!

* In the Benelux, the S-PHYRE shoes are only available at selected dealers. Go to to find out where you can buy these shoes.

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