SH-RC7 Limited Edition Cycling Shoe
Go ahead and add a little color to the monochromatic road cycling shoe scene with these ruby red SH-RC7 slippers from Shimano. We have been racking up some miles in these shoes and have fallen in love with the comfort, light weight, and of course, great looks. Slotting into Shimano's Road Competition category, the SH-RC7's are plenty light for tackling your local 'bergs and cols. A rigid carbon sole and dual Boa closure ensure that the shoes are stiff enough and can be tightened quickly and easily so you can come out victorious in the finishing kick. The only question we have about the shoes is how did Shimano pull off all these great features at such an attractive price?
Shimano fashions the SH-RC7's upper from perforated synthetic leather, which is lightweight, form-fitting, and allows air circulation throughout the shoe. The shoes feature a micro-adjustable Boa L6 reels across the top and forefoot, with wide anchor points to distribute pressure evenly across the upper, offer additional adjustability, and customization of fit. A stiff carbon fiber composite sole facilitates efficient power transfer with a stiffness rating of 10 on Shimano's 12-point scale, so you don't have to worry about wasted watts through sole flex. Click your heels and find yourself on the winning end of a bike throw.
- A competitive road shoe with all-day comfort
- Carbon composite sole is rigid and light for quick accelerations
- Breathable synthetic upper help your feet stay cool while in battle
- Dual Boa L6 closures dial in the fit
- Special colorway adds a splash of fury to the monochromatic cycling shoe scene
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- Q & A
With change everything isn't always good
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
Have been riding on Shimano shoes for 10+ years. Decided to replace some older 321s with these. I had grown use to the consistency in fit with Shimano in the past. These break that pattern. As other have noted the end of the toe box is narrower and/or the new shoe last is slightly shorter. So when wearing medium thick socks I can feel the toe of the shoe. This hasn't caused any irritation but it is there. The stack height appears to be slightly higher which caused me some knee pain until I raised my seat 1/8" higher. The boa lacing system is great except on one of my shoes the loop keeps coming unclipped from the track below the ankle. This happens 50% of the time when putting the shoe on and it is pretty fiddly to clip it back in without removing the shoe. The bottom of the shoe has changed enough that it was hard to move cleats from the 321s to RC7s and get the same alignment. It took several trial and error rides to get the cleat position right for me. I use custom fitted insoles so I don't have any experience with the RC7 Shimano insoles None of these issues are enough to make me want to return the RC7s. Now that I have them dialed in I generally like them. Just beware you may have to spend more time than expected fiddling with them to get your fit right.
GREAT SHOE AT A GREAT PRICE
- Fit: True to size
I have many cycling shoes: Top of the line Sidis, Shimano, Fi zik, Pearl Izumi, Bontrager, Giro. All pretty much the Hgher end of each brand. But, none of them can compare to the fit and comfort of these shoes straight out of the box. I received on a Saturday and the very next day took on a 55 mile ride and couldn't believe how comfortable and the power transfer felt. The Boa was right on, never had to adjust again throughout the ride.
The look of the shoes are of a higher end quality. Plus, they match my Ineos Climbing Jerey PERFECTLY!
GREAT SHOES AT A GREAT PRICE!
Good higher end shoe with basic footbeds
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
These a good shoes. Not great. Not basic or entry level either.
These SH-RC7 are replacing a pair of older Shimano SH-R321 which was Shimano's top end shoe at the time. The RC7s aren't top end shoes, but they are close.
They look nice and the BOA dials are better in some ways than the buckle and velcro on the R321. It would be nice to micro loosen the BOA, but again these aren't top shelf shoes. The BOA wires also will come unhooked from the guides--especially the one up by the ankle. This isn't too problematic, but can make getting these on in a parking lot a bit of an issue. When the shoes were new and the uppers were really stiff this was more of a problem than once the uppers soften up and become a bit more flexible--especially the tongue.
In terms of fit, they feel a bit narrower in the toe box than the older R321 (or the R321 just stretched a bit).
Heel fit feels fine--maybe a bit snugger than the older shoes.
Where these fall down a bit in fit is the insoles. There's not as much shaping and thus support as in the R321 shoes and other high end shoes. The basic insoles might be part of why the toe box feels a bit narrower than the R321 shoe.
Out of the box and for the first few rides these RC7 uppers feel a bit stiff, but they seem to be loosening up a bit.
Overall, these are good shoes. They're not top end, but then again they're not priced to be. If you're coming from entry level or mid-level shoes then these shine. If you're coming from top shelf shoes, then you might not be as happy with them. Better insoles might be the difference maker with these.
LOVE these shoes!
- Fit: Runs small
I purchased these a few weeks ago and from the very first ride I was aware of how much more power I was transferring to the pedals compared to my old Giro Treble IIs (which are fine entry-level shoes). These Shimano RC-7s are a definite step up. The carbon sole makes a HUGE difference. They are absolutely the reason I've been setting PRs on my usual routes. I just dropped 40 seconds off my previous best time on a short 12-mile TT route I regularly ride and the only variable that's changed is the shoes. The BOA enclosures are fantastic, allowing for easy, on-the-fly adjustments. The black/red color combination is an eye-catcher as well, though frankly, given my time improvements, I'd wear them if they were only available in beige.
Do these shoes come with cleats?