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Shimano sets sights on urban market with new clothing and shoes

New shoes and Transit urban clothing unveiled for 2017

Shimano has just unveiled new shoes and clothing for spring/summer 2017 at the Outdoor Show in Germany, with a focus on the urban cycling market. The perfect match for your new adventure bike. Here are the key details of the new offerings.

Shimano shoes go retro

Shimano goes retro with the release of the new RT5, which uses velcro straps, and the RT4, which uses laces. 

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Visually, they remind us of Specialized's Audax shoes, which tap into the growing desire among non-racing cyclists for a more classically styled shoe. Unlike the Specialized shoes, however, Shimano has used an SPD sole which means the recessed cleat facilitates easier walking, making them ideal for commuting, touring and Audax.

The RT5 uses three velcro straps with a glass fibre shank plank to provide rigidity to the full-length rubber sole, which offers enough flex to provide walking comfort. The synthetic leather upper is perforated and provides 360-degree reflectively. Shimano supplies adaptable insoles to ensure they are comfortable.

- Buyer's Guide to Cycling Shoes

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Laces have made a big return to cycling in the last few years, with Giro gaining a lot of fans when it brought out the Empire shoes. Now nearly every shoe brand has followed in Giro’s wake and released a lace-up, and Shimano is the latest. The RT4 uses the same glass fibre and rubber sole and synthetic leather upper as the RT5 shoes but swaps the straps for laces.

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With winter in mind, Shimano has issued the new RW5 winter boot, the latest update in this category. It’s constructed with a Dryshield membrane to keep water out, with a neoprene ankle collar and fleece lining. They use a speed lacing system in place of straps and dials, and the top flap covers the laces for added protection. It uses aa regular 3-bolt SPD-SL compatible sole. 

An MW5 mountain bike version is available with an SPD sole and might be a more suitable option if there is any walking involved, such as for commuting.

Shimano’s new ‘Transit’ urban clothing range

As well as shoes, Shimano has also launched a new range of urban cycle clothing for spring/summer 2017 dubbed Transit. 

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“Shimano’s new clothing line up is designed to appeal to both the performance rider and the city commuter or day trip explorer with a wide array of cycling-specific shorts, jerseys, shirts, daypacks and backpacks, gloves and sunglasses," says the company.

The urban cycle clothing market is a rapidly expanding one, with the likes of Giro launching into this category and homegrown Vulpine proving the popularity of cycle clothing that is functional yet stylish. 

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Shimano has concentrated on design, comfort and safety with its new Transit City range. There are jackets, shirts of polo and check variety, shorts and trousers. Shared features include subdued colours, water repellant fabrics and coatings, anti-bacterial treatments and discrete reflectivity. 

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The new range is complemented by new glasses, the snappily titled S23X and S22X sunglasses. They feature anti-fog and anti-scratch lenses, hydrophobic lenses and UV400 protection. 

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Lastly, there’s a new Toyko backpack available in two sizes, 17 or 23-litres, and made to carry laptops, books and clothes to and from the office/gym/college. It has a padded laptop pocket, organiser pockets, an integrated hi-viz rain cover, water-resistant base and retention straps for a helmet.

The majority of these new lines will start appearing in stores from September, says Shimano. 

David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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urbane | 7 years ago
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I think SPD pedals are stupid for urban/commuting because you can need to get on/off the pedals fast for plentiful obstructions like zombie pedestrians, loose animals and junctions, which is why I use MTB cage pedals and strapless shoe/boot clips.

I have no interest in narrow, sports cycling style SPD shoes with poor walking soles, and the RW5 winter boot is plain ugly because of the Yellow strips and vulgar branding.

Most of the kit only looks usable for warm dry weather, with no insects, but the British Spring/Summer has been been very variable so far, with increasing insects!

As for the backpack, it looks like an ugly, uncomfortable, Dry Bag like thing.  I'll stick with my much better designed Deuter One etc., which can carry an i5 ultrabook and lots of other kit more aero with a comfortable, padded, cool back.

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bazzargh replied to urbane | 7 years ago
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urbane wrote:

I think SPD pedals are stupid for urban/commuting because you can need to get on/off the pedals fast...I have no interest in narrow, sports cycling style SPD shoes with poor walking soles

Are you thinking of SPD-SLs? SPD's are very quick to clip in/out, and the recessed soles on the Shimano shoes are fine to walk on. I've done multiple tours of thousands of miles with the MT predecessors of these shoes (M075, M077), bringing those as the _only_ shoe, on and off bike, because they were comfy enough. These new ones do have a fair bit less tread than I'd like but they're not skiddy road shoes.

I have a previous version of the winter boot too and while those _are_ awkward to walk in due to the thick soles, they are the dogs bollocks for cycling in winter and keeping your feet warm.

FWIW, Shimano's current line of 'mountain touring' shoes - SH-MT54, MT5 - which look more like 'normal' walking shoes, always looked wrong to me because they have too much material in the upper; when those get wet, they'll take forever to dry out.

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Dr. Ko | 7 years ago
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Am I the only one who is reminded of Pedal Ed design? Like the all items layed out photo?

Which might not be a bad thing.

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alexb | 8 years ago
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As is so often the case, the Women's shoes are by far the most stylish!

I really liked the design of the white lace-up shoes, but it turns out that those are the women's models. The men have to make do with the two odd-coloured grey models.

 

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jollygoodvelo | 8 years ago
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The RT5s come in a slightly Skyish blue.  Can't decide whether nice or clownshoe.  http://www.shimano-lifestylegear.com/gl/fw/products/tour/018rt5.php

 

The RT4s come in a choice of grey, or dark grey melange.  Fancy.

 

Look like a perfect commuting shoe though - anyone got a price?

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TypeVertigo | 8 years ago
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Those RT5 shoes are lovely...dare I say Rapha-esque?

They'd make a great replacement if/when my present RT33s kick the bucket.

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Ratfink replied to TypeVertigo | 8 years ago
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TypeVertigo wrote:

Those RT5 shoes are lovely...dare I say Rapha-esque?

They'd make a great replacement if/when my present RT33s kick the bucket.

I thought that but these are more Yak friendly

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Matt_S | 8 years ago
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And whoever pressed the cuffs on that shirt needs to go back to ironing school.

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kenyond | 8 years ago
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The jacket looks quiet nice tbf

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japes | 8 years ago
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that lad's wheel looks like it's sitting in the fork squint 

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StraelGuy replied to japes | 8 years ago
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japes wrote:

that lad's wheel looks like it's sitting in the fork squint 

 

It definitely is...

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Jimnm replied to StraelGuy | 7 years ago
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guyrwood wrote:

japes wrote:

that lad's wheel looks like it's sitting in the fork squint 

 

It definitely is...

Good eye for detail   1

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gmac101 | 8 years ago
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Won't everybody die horribly? - there's no hi-viz

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tritecommentbot | 8 years ago
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Surprisingly stylish. 

 

Thought it was going to be cheap looking tat to bump profits, but that's good looking kit. Nice colours too.

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Chris James replied to tritecommentbot | 8 years ago
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unconstituted wrote:

Nice colours too.

 

Everything's grey!

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KarlM77 replied to Chris James | 8 years ago
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Chris James wrote:

unconstituted wrote:

Nice colours too.

 

Everything's grey!

 

Well, there are 50 shades of the stuff.

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Ratfink | 8 years ago
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No one ever thinks of us suburban cyclists.

 

Like the shoes though.

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vsmith1 replied to Ratfink | 8 years ago
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Ratfink wrote:

No one ever thinks of us suburban cyclists.

 

Like the shoes though.

 

I'd say the same about us rural cyclists. 

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cdamian replied to Ratfink | 8 years ago
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Ratfink wrote:

Like the shoes though.

Some more nice looking choices for SPD are always welcome.

An option with Boa would be nice too.

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