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Shimano SH-RC9 S-PHYRE Cycling Shoe - Men's


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SH-RC9 S-PHYRE Cycling Shoe

Shimano’s SH-RC9 S-PHYRE Cycling Shoe is becoming well known for its glistening blue presence at the front of the pack and is quickly becoming what may very well be a legacy-shoe that holds its dedicated space in cycling lore. Stepping into the RC9 is a unique experience, as comfort is immediate, and you can vividly imagine pro-level accelerations on your race-rides. Shimano uses a 360-degree fit optimization that unifies all the individual components on the shoe to become one complete system, engineered to provide stability and maximum power transfer on the pedals.

The integrated midsole and upper material comfortably envelop your foot for a secure hold, while the dual Boa Li2 dials and PowerZone wiring guide cinch down for the optimum tension. Precision cable tension is a critical performance tool, whether you are unwinding from an epic five-hour climbing session or torquing down for a finish sprint in the criterium.

Shimano elevates the carbon era with a supremely rigid sole that tests at a stiffness of twelve, meaning you’ll never doubt whether your efforts are going into the pedals. This level of control and performance is what we’ve come to expect from Shimano’s top-tier road shoes, and what keeps us dedicated to their component line as well.

A unique trait for the RC9 is the incorporation of the Anti-twist heel stabilizer that holds the foot in place while performing high-cadence accelerations. Heel control is not an overly focused target of improvement, as modern-day training plans and single-ring gear ratios push normalized cadences higher and higher.

Visual upgrades include more refined venting hole placements and sleeker-looking logo placement, both of which set the RC9 as a visual icon in the peloton.

  • Pro-level carbon road shoe with a dialed in fit
  • Stiff carbon sole transfers power to the pedals
  • 360 degree wrapping creates a comfortable and complete fit
  • Dual Boa dials for quick, late-race precision adjustments
  • Anti-twist stabilizer holds foot securely under fast accelerations
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Upper Material
Dual Boa Li2 dials
carbon fiber
carbon fiber
Cleat Compatibility
Recommended Use
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Gotta love that blue

I've used it several times
True to size

Coming from a pair of Shimano RP9, these are noticeably tighter and stiffer. My feet are on the narrow side, and the volume is just right. Consider the wide version if you have a tall arc. Fit and finish is good, but not as impressive vs. some Italian brands. Time will tell how these will hold up.

>Rating: 5

Holy Heel Hold Batman

I've used it several times
True to size

First, James Huang does a great write up on these shoes over at Cycling Tips, and I feel like it is spot on. My Foot is average, maybe just a tad wider than average. I wear a US 9 in Vans, Nike, pretty much all shoes and a 43 in pretty much all cycling shoes. In recent history, I have been riding previous generation S-Works, Giro Empire, Giro Factor, Sidi Shot, FiveTen Kestrel BOA and the First Generation of the Shimano S-PHYRE XC 9, the Cross Country shoe. Pointing back at the Cycling Tips article, which is worth a read, I would say that these new RC 9 shoes are ever so slightly lower volume than my XC 9 shoes in the toe box. I don't feel like these are small, or narrow, but just a little less volume, giving them a more performance feeling, and secure fit. Construction is beautiful and I really like the way the upper wraps around the bottom of the shoe. They are lightweight and very stiff. Breathability is excellent as well. The new BOA dials are amazing and the shape of the heel cup, holy cow, it locks my foot into the shoe better than any other that I have owned. These shoes are comfy, light, stiff, and look really good. They are my favorite.


so, just to be clear, you went with a 43 in these as well? and they were not smaller/narrower than typical 43s in other brands, right?