Shimano S-Phyre RC902 Shoes Review

Shimano S-Phyre RC902 Shoes Review

Shimano introduced a new road shoe in October 2020, the top-of-the-line S-Phyre RC 902 which, according to the brand, is their most technologically advanced shoe to date.

It represents the third generation of the S-Phyre series which succeeds the RC901 and the RC9.

After decades in the pro peloton, primarily as a component manufacturer, the Shimano name rings quality in the ears of riders which adds to the popularity of this shoe. It’s one of the most sought after on the market.

The technology in the elegant RC902 is worthy of professionals, which explains the premium price tag. Look for the S-Phyre RC902 on the feet of professional riders from cycling teams such as Jumbo-Visma (Robert Gesink, Sepp Kuss, Wout Van Aert), Team Sunweb (Marc Hirishi) and Arkéa-Samsic (Warren Barguil).

Shimano updated the shoe with several modest details that may go unnoticed such as a rubber grip heel, a grooved tongue to prevent slippage, and a refined toe box. 

We’ll get into specifics later, but according to the brand, they have focused on improving the shoe in three areas, function-specific zones, power transfer optimization and engineered fit which defines the problems this shoe set out to solve.

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