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Shimano Sh-rc9 S-PHYRE Bicycle Shoe - Men's

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    Rouleur's choice.

    Shimano shoes have a reputation for quality and if you're familiar with them, you'll know that the attention to detail, performance, and durability mirror the same dedication that it puts into its components. If you're in the market for some new road kicks, regardless of where your component brand loyalty lies, we suggest you try Shimano's SH-RC9 Bicycle Shoe. The performance and fit is everything you could hope for, and as one of the only three points of contact with your bike, comfort is critical which this shoe has in spades. Pros count on the RC9 S-Phyre for intense training efforts and racing and now you can enjoy the exact same shoes.

    Shimano constructs the upper from a single piece of Teijin microfiber synthetic leather that delivers suppleness and a precise fit. Shimano engineered drainage holes for rain to exit the shoe if caught out in a downpour and the quick-drying 3D mesh lets feet breathe keeping them feeling fresh even on long summer rides. The micro-adjustable and independent dual Boa IP1 dial closures provide a glove-like fit, and Shimano actually forewent the Custom Fit heat and vacuum system we were used to seeing on its high-end shoes over the past decade. The strategically placed Boas and well contouring upper fit so well, these shoes simply don't need it.

    A rounded one-piece molded heel cup starts at the sole and continues up the back of the shoe. It stabilizes the heel, keeping it planted, and eliminates the possibility of twisting and rolling throughout the pedal stroke improving comfort and efficiency. The lining of the heel features a cat tongue-like gripping fabric, preventing heel lift allowing you to pedal perfect circles while your foot is held perfectly in place without excessive pressure over the top of your foot. Flanking the cleat mounting and toe area of the sole is a bonded overly protecting the bottom of the shoe and allowing for stable footing at red lights and stop signs.

    If you are a weight-weenie, Shimano shoes might not impress you on paper but when you consider that it refuses to skimp on important performance bolstering features in the quest to shed a few grams, you might start to get it. Similar to a frameset or set of wheels, weight is just one criterion and Shimano balances fit, comfort, and power transfer, in addition to weight, when it's time to design, develop, and manufacture shoes. The sole is an ever stiff Dynalast carbon fiber version designed to improve foot support and comfort and transmits every watt into the pedals. A seamless mid-sole construction process eliminates the board last, which reduces weight and lowers the overall stack height of the sole for maximum efficiency. The sole's stiffness measurement is an impressive 12 out of 12, the stiffest from Shimano, and provides 11mm more fore-aft cleat adjustment over its previous road shoes.

    A single size 42 shoe comes in at 243g so it's actually quite at home chasing KOMs in the Grand Tours while durable enough to survive the muddy cobbled classics. If the RC9's were a cyclist, it'd certainly be a rouleur, stiff enough to sprint, light enough for the mountains, and comfortable enough for an all-day breakaway. The fit, performance, and durability is everything we have come to expect from Shimano shoes and we think you'll like them too.

    • Pro-level road shoe with comfort and efficiency to spare
    • Carbon fiber composite sole is light and efficient
    • Breathable synthetic uppers contour to feet
    • Dual Boa IP1 closures dial in the fit
    • Compatible with three-bolt road cleats
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    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Teijin Avail microfiber synthetic leather
    Closure
    2 Boa IP1 dials
    Sole
    Dynalast carbon fiber
    Cleat Compatibility
    3-hole road
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 42] 243g
    Recommended Use
    road cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Odd fit

    • Fit: True to size

    I was hoping these would fit as well as my old Shimano SHR171 (Shimano assured me they would) but the heel is nowhere near as snug and the vent over the toebox buckles horribly when the Boa is tightened. Disappointed with Shimano...poor design in my opinion.

    Great shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 162lbs

    Perfect replacement to my Sidi Ergo 2 shoes. They're roomy yet fit snug. Plus they are 200 grams lighter than Sidi (including zero cleats on both pairs)

    Incredible Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The S-PHYRE is a great blend of comfort and performance. The feel on foot is far superior to any shoe I’ve had before, slips right on, the liner locks my foot in place and the boa allows the perfect tightness. Also really into the bright yellow colorway, adds a nice pop and element of safety.

    Neatly designed, snuggly fitting

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    I bought these great looking shoes in hopes that they would be a wider fit than the Sidi Mega shoes. Unfortunately, they weren't the panacea that I was looking for. The shoes are wonderfully designed and professionally manufactured but are still narrow. The reason why my feet don't fit well into the shoes is because I have lost the arch in my feet, due to age. I use a heel cup in these shoes to give my feet a lift and decrease the length the toes have into the toebox. If you have a high arch in your feet than these shoes will be wonderful for you. Look for the widest shoes available if the arch in your feet have flattened.

    Too stiff

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I love my Shimano RC321s which are the most comfortable shoes I have used and then I got the Sphyres and makes my feed feel numb on longer rides. I think they are just too stiff so for racing perhaps that is good, but for long distance comfort does not work as well for me as the older 321s. Super expensive as well, and I got the yellow ones and they really are neon bright and pretty darn ugly. I guess only use on short rides they are OK, but longer than 100 miles, I use the 321s

    best shoes ever

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 138lbs

    I have several sets of shoes including the Giro lace up's, the SIDI ERGO 3 and 4, and the Wire Carbon. I could not get the Sid's to give me a warm and fuzzy as the toe box in all of them was cramped even going to a bigger size which then gave me too much length. Finally after 4 shoe swaps, Zach Foley (gearhead) suggested the Shimano RC 9 S-Phyre in my normal size of 42.5............
    End of search! What a Shoe! First time on felt like i had no shoe on. Comfort beyond belief and really stiff for the upstrokes on climbs. Very well ventilated and the BOA is super nice for tightening and loosening. I'm going to get an extra pair in a different color- I love these things

    Hey Steve! I'm stoked we could nail down the proper fit and size for you. Thanks so much for the review and the call out, and please don't hesitate to reach out if you need anymore help with them in the future!!

    Something Else Let Me Tell You

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    These shoes are rad. I have had mine for about 3 months now. They were super comfortable out of the box. They come with 2 inserts for arch support, so you can tailor the fit to you. Nicely ventilated and quite stiff. They do fit a bit wider in the toe box, but the boa closure really cinches it down. You wont regret these shoes. Totally worth it.

    Best shoes I've tried!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    Excellent shoes!

    If you're a serious cyclist, look no further. I have tried every top shoe Sidi, S-Works, Fizik, northwave and I absolutely love these shoes they are by far the best. Stiff and very comfortable....BOA dials make it easy to adjust, look no further.

    Best shoes I've tried!

    nearly perfect

      bought these to replace a nearly decade old pair of shimano R310 shoes that have reached their end... could not be happier with the advancements made over the years. on comparison these are appreciably lighter while the sizing remains nearly identical [older material forms a slightly larger, rigid toe box]. profile / fit is spot on, fitting snug in the heel cup with ample clearance around the ankle. BOA system is a big upgrade from the straps. Tried a few other brands [Mavic / Fizik] and just couldn't get comfortable but hey to each their own. Overall couldn't be more pleased; don't know what i would change [if anything at all].

      I'm a size 43.5; for ref i wear a size 10 in nike running shoes and use a 97mm last ski boot. i wouldn't say i have narrow feet, but not wide, and have a medium to low arch. they're a bit pricy but your feet will thank you. highly recommend!

      Welcome to your next pair of shoes

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 43

      You can ride a really light bike. You can have really fast wheels. You can have electronic shifting, and a powermeter, and carbon pedals, and a whole host of other fancy-schmancy gear to make you that little bit faster, but none of it matters if you aren't comfortable.

      Close your eyes and think about your favorite shoes. Maybe they're your house slippers, or an old pair of Vans, or even some wooden clogs from your trip to Holland. It doesn't really matter. They fit perfectly, support your foot, and (usually) look super fly. The S-Phyres are my favorite shoes.

      Now, if the answer to my question was "my cycling shoes," stop reading. You've already found the answer, and unless they're starting to decompose, you'll probably be happiest sticking with what you've got. I'll bet though, that most of you reading are in various states of what I like to call "content discomfort." You wear the shoes that you wear because they were a sweet deal, or they match your kit, or (insert professional rider here) wears them. They probably feel fine, maybe even good. Without realizing it though, you adjust them 7 or 8 times every ride, a toe or two will go numb after an hour or two, and you probably breathe an unconscious sigh of relief when you take them off in the garage. I myself floated in a state of "content discomfort" for years. I've worn Sidi, Lake, Giro, etc, and while all of them were really stellar shoes, the fit was never quite spot on.

      Enter S-Phyre.

      Shimano has been making shoes longer than I've been around, and they've always been pretty good. The typical reaction to Shimano shoes has always been that they're dependable, pretty standard, and somewhat forgettable. But then a couple of years ago, the Japanese giant decided to get serious and throw its considerable R&D weight into the world of shoes. When the first pictures of the S-Phyre came out there was an audible "wow" throughout the cycling world. The design was memorable, but not gaudy. Bright, but not garish. I waited eagerly to try a pair, and I was blown away when I did. Out of the box, they feel broken in. The materials are incredible. It feels like you're wearing a rock solid slipper. The boa cables follow an unusual pattern that lends itself to lace-up levels of pressure distribution, and it really shows on the bike. The sole is insanely stiff, but it isn't undermined by poor fit. (A completely rigid carbon sole won't do you any good if your foot isn't held in snug.)

      As far as fit goes, my foot falls between the designations of "normal" and "wide". Working here at Competitive Cyclist, I've observed that at least half of the customers I work with have a wide foot, but that most shoe brands hold tight to a Euro-centric, fairly narrow fit. Shimano seems to have realized this and sized the S-Phyre line accordingly. For reference, I wear a "mega fit" Sidi, and an HV Giro, but a normal Lake. My fairly wide, square-ish feet felt most at home in the non-wide S-Phyre, and based on that, I would say that the wide series would be great for those of you with a particularly wide foot. I can't attest to the long-term durability just yet, but my initial impressions have been very positive.

      I can't tell you whicht shoe is going to help your foot reach podiatric nirvana, but if you're not quite there yet, you're gonna have to give these a shot. If you want to speak in more detail, shoot me an email at jdraper@backcountry.com and we can talk!

      Best shoes I've ever owned

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 44
      • Height: 5'11"
      • Weight: 185lbs

      I have wider feet, so I was looking for something with a wider toe box. After trying on some lower-level shimanos, I wanted to try the S-PHYREs. I ultimately went with the standard width, as a 44 fit me well with shimano (I was a 45 elsewhere with toe room).

      These things fit perfectly. The adjustable arches (medium and high) in the insoles are a great touch, and made a big difference in comfort.

      I was a little wary of the boa closures based on my experience in the past with hot-spots. Shimano really figured it out with these. No noticeable hot-spots, even when cinching them down for a hard sprint.

      Finally, these things are SERIOUSLY STIFF. Which is surprising, because the sole feels thin compared to other carbon shoes. You feel like you're sitting directly on top of the pedal.

      I can't wait for my next race.

      What’s size foot is consider wide and non wide for Shimano RC9? Is there a chart for that?

      Best Answer

      I was concerned about this to. They run a little wide in the toe box, just like the rest of Shimano's line.



      I was wondering if I needed the wide (I'm about an d-e), and ultimately went with the non-wide version. Fits like a glove. I've heard the wide version is very wide.