Shimano unveiled its latest RP9 road shoe during last month’s annual Interbike Show, which replaces the Japanese component giant’s previous flagship S-Phyre RC9.
One of the obvious differences between the new RP9 and the RC9, is the change over to a single-dial BOA IP1 and velcro flag closure system.
According to Shimano, this brought the weight of the RP9 down to a feathery 224g in a size 42, while improving comfort and efficiency.
Additional features that punctuate the RP9, are a redesigned heel cup, a lighter and more rigid carbon sole, better ventilation and a wider heel pad for improved stability when walking.
The RP9 sells for $300, and it’s available in a number of sizes and colors for both men and women.
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The SH-RP901 is designed with new performance and styling for the most discerning endurance riders. Utilizing a supple, stretch-resistant microfiber synthetic leather material, the seamless one-piece upper design with perforated venting delivers superior fit and all-day comfort. A new carbon composite outsole is designed for optimal stiffness on long rides while the new curved external heel cup structure secures the heel and foot.
Engineered with a Boa IP1 dial with hidden wire routing, the RP9 offers excellent adjustability and sleek aesthetics. A high density insole with adaptable arch pads as well as an increased cleat adjustment range further improve the RP9’s fit options. Details such as a protective film covering the toe cap, a reflective heel tab and a wide and durable heel pad for walking stability are designed to help the RP9 excel during the rigors of endurance cycling.
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