Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoes
Redesigned for the 2019 season the Shimano RC7 Road Shoes deliver much of what the flagship S-Phyre model offers, at a price point that underscores it's value as a race grade road cycling shoe. The ultra-stiff carbon sole, Dynalast structure, micro-adjustable Boa® L6 dial ratchet closures, perforated supple synthetic upper, and a stealthy, clean aesthetic all demonstrate the premium characteristics of the RC7. While S-Phyre is still the R&D proving ground, the RC7 is favored by many Shimano wearing cyclists because the fit comes together a little differently, and when it comes to road shoes, fit is king.
Dynalast is a proven Shimano last design that employs an optimized toe-spring section that promotes a smoother, more energy-efficient upstroke. Ironically the system begins with the heel position, carries through the mid foot (arch) and to the metatarsal zone and toe angle. Shimano's research and constant feedback from sponsored cyclists helped to quantify and qualify a generalized last structure that reduces tension and frees the anatomy to move fluidly through the pedal stroke. The toe-spring section of a cycling shoe plays a key role in supporting efficient pedaling. Too high, and it causes increased tension in the plantar, calf, and hamstring muscles. Too low, and you get a bowlegged, inefficient pedaling form. Dynalast solves that with the Goldilock's imperative, making the last just right for a large percentage of the cycling population.
The incredibly efficient, stiff UD carbon midsole/sole is built to support the the last and deliver power to the pedal. Shimano has expanded the cleat mount zone, offering 11mm fore-aft adjustment. When used with Shimano SPD-SL cleats, that adds up to 22mm combined. A front vented air intake delivers fresh air into the insole to reduce heat and moisture, working to prevent potential hot spots, chafing and blisters. Molded permanent toe and heel taps work well on wet or dry surfaces, and are exceedingly durable through the life of the shoe. Shimano bonds the upper to the last, blending it to the sole edges, adding reinforcement at the heel and toe zones.
The upper itself is a synthetic leather material that is cut, stitched and shaped for the anatomic requirements of the foot and ankle structures during pedaling action. The material is durable, supple, and has some stretch capability that really acts to conform to the foot better as you break the shoes in. Shimano has worked diligently to find the best anchor, leverage, and fastening points for the two Boa Powerzone tech lace closure systems. Keeping all of those physical locations off sensitive pressure zones, while still providing the best possible fit is no mean feat, and of course with the variety in foot shapes, volumes, and structure, it is possible the RC7 won't be right for you. That said the closure system is very effective and works perfectly with the upper to provide proper fit and support. The Boa L6 dials are easy to use, feature a push down button for quick release, are exceptionally durable. The system is perfect for cycling shoes, with adjustments as small as 1mm possible. The upper of the RC7 is also perforated for ventilation of heat and moisture with some air intake. Overall the effect is very clean, sleek, and fast.
As with all Shimano shoes, the insoles are perfectly matched to the design, with ample support, ventilation, and antimicrobial properties. The Delta 3-bolt cleat pattern is the standard for nearly all current road pedals systems, and the aforementioned increase in fore-aft cleat range is sincerely appreciated. Shimano has a very clear, and easy to duplicate cleat mount gauge on the sole, making it simple to mount any new cleats exactly where you your previous pair was. Everything about the Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe is engineered to deliver performance while ensuring comfort and efficiency, with ease of adjustment. The S-Phyre stands alone, but at 242 grams per shoe (size 42), the RC7 is just a few grams more and ensures about 95% of the performance a substantially lower cost.
- Lightweight performance road cycling shoe with incredible fit and function
- Ultra-rigid, lightweight carbon fiber composite sole (10/12 stiffness rating)
- Proven Dynalast shape for optimized toe-spring section, comfort and power
- Supple high-density synthetic leather with perforated venting for superior fit
- Dual independent Boa® L6 dials allow quick, micro tension adjustments
- Micro-adjustable wire lace Powerzone tension holds mid/forefoot securely
- Extended fore-aft cleat adjustment- now 11mm, SPD-SL cleat adds 11mm more
- Delta 3-bolt cleat pattern fits nearly all current road pedal systems
- Carbon sole has forward facing vent for air intake
- Anatomic supportive insole vents and has antimicrobial properties
- Sizes: 38-48, (with many half sizes from 40-46)
- Colors: Black, White
- Weight: 242 grams per shoe (size 42)