Whether you’re a XC racer or a regular XC rider, you’ll gain an edge from Shimano’s new cross-country soles. Designed to meet the specific demands of off-road riding, these soles employ Shimano Dynalast technology to reduce braking loss and enhance pedaling efficiency. We optimized sole stiffness and gave the sole a lower profile so that your transfer more power directly to the pedal. Also, the spikes and blocks on the outsoles are arranged in an optimal dirt-shedding pattern to maximize performance on even the muddiest trails. The result is a dedicated XC sole that lets you unleash your power to the fullest.
Toe spikes can be swapped out according to the riding environment. On dry, solid rocks, use the resin type. When you need more traction --say, in muddy conditions or in loose sand or dirt --choose the metal-tipped XC spikes.
The front section of the outsole is fitted with optimally shaped spikes and blocks, which are arranged in an ideal pattern to maximize traction. The open, mud-shedding tread pattern allows mud and debris to fall through, keeping the shoe and pedal light and power-efficient.
Sole stiffness is optimized through a layered structure that offers the ideal rigidity for cross-country riding. The SH-XC90 features a carbon-composite midsole and, in the front section, a carbon-composite insert plate.
The heel cup is integrated with the sole and fits the shape of the heel. It stabilizes the heel and holds your foot firmly in place.
The arch section has a bumpy surface to minimize shoe slippage when engaging the cleat with the pedal.
So you can transfer more power directly to the pedal, we reduced the thickness of the sole under the cleat area. The XC90 is 1.7 mm thinner than the earlier M315 model, while the XC71 and XC61 are 0.7 mm thinner than the M240 and XC60.
Lighter shoes offer a performance advantage for cross-country riding. That’s why Shimano’s dedicated XC shoe models feature lightweight polyurethane outsoles.