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The Dura-Ace of shoes.

For its men's SH-R260 Shoes, Shimano incorporates all of the key features that inform the functionality of the top-tier R321 shoes while trimming the extraneous features without sacrificing comfort or efficiency. The result is a difference comparable to comparing Shimano's mechanical Dura-Ace with the Di2 group: the latter is technically superior but the former is still world class and more than adequate for the self-sponsored racer. Of the impressive list of features on the R260s' spec sheet, the customization afforded by the shoes' heat-moldable uppers, the adjustable insoles, and the Dynalast design are the standouts.

Shimano's proprietary Dynalast construction increases pedal efficiency by a claimed .56% on each stroke. While that doesn't seem like much at first blush, any cyclist who's ridden for longer than two hours understands the importance of marginal gains like this. They can be the difference between finishing a group ride or race at the front or struggling to hang on. Dynalast involves lowering the toe-spring and heel section in relation to the arch and metatarsal areas. This creates an optimal pedaling angle on either side of the up-swing, so the dead time spot is shortened.

The sole is one of two areas where the R260 makes concessions to the R321, with the former rating an 11 on Shimano's stiffness scale as opposed to the latter's perfect 12. It also doesn't include the Hollow Channel technology of the more expensive model, so the net result is a claimed weight gain of 7g (size 40) and slight drop in efficiency. The upshot is that the R260's sole is a touch more forgiving, with a corresponding drop in the amount of road noise coming through the shoes into your feet. The soles are finished with an air intake system that you can enjoy during the summer and easily cover with toe caps come the cooler months.

On top of that impressive list of palmares, the R260 shoes also boast all the same technology of the less expensive R171 model. This includes the Dynalast construction detailed above, a stabilizing heel cup, an anti-odor interior, and Teijin synthetic leather uppers that resist stretching so your fit remains unaltered during long days in the saddle. The fit is dialed with a ratcheting buckle and two hook-and-loop straps that pull the offset uppers around the foot rather than strapping them down for a fit that's secure without creating pressure points.

  • Heat-moldable Custom-Fit upper with micro-fiber synthetic leather and mesh
  • Shimano Dynalast ergonomic last
  • Custom-Fit heat-moldable insole
  • Cross-weave carbon sole
  • Adaptable arch wedge
  • Ratchet instep closure and offset hook-and-loop straps
  • Custom-Fit ergonomic heel stabilizer
  • Antimicrobial treatment

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
synthetic leather, mesh
ratchet-strap, hook-and-loop
carbon fiber
Cleat Compatibility:
3-hole road
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart


Cycling Shoes
  35 4.5
4 36 5
4.5 37 5.5
5/5.5 37.5  
5/5.5 38 6.5
5.5 38.5  
5.5/6 39 7/7.5
6 39.5  
6.5 40 7.5/8
7/7.5 40.5  
7.5 41 8.5
8 41.5  
8.5 42 9.5
8.5/9 42.5  
9 43 10.5
9/9.5 43.5  
9.5 44 11
10 44.5  
10.5 45  
11 45.5  
11/11.5 46  
11.5 46.5  
12 47  
12.5 48  

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First I want to say Competitive Cyclist is a first rate organization with great people that made this difficult task bearable. I have wider feet and that in itself is a task. I tried Lake cx237's and at first they were great but after a month the inserts lost all support and my feet went south. Now after some hard rides the shoes did have some scuffs and such but after spending $270 on shoes I did not want to plunk down another $50 for soles. Competitive took them back gave me credit to get something else. The 260's while they may be a 2014 model are first rate. You can heat mold the shoe be via a Shimano oven but you can also bake the soles. With the adjustable soles they are easily customized. I also got the wide which are more than enough toe box room. The vented fronts are a bit much in the cooler weather but no problem.
Oh Yeah--I do not use Strava much anyone--I think that is where they are getting rides 1 hr a week.

Thanks for your review.
I tried on the CX237 recently and the toe box area (wider than my Northwave's) fit really good. However I had some heel lift, as the heel cup seems fairly loose.
How do the 260's compare at the front, and is the heel cup material more narrow/supporting than the CX237 ?

I have the wide 46's and they are very spacious, I probably could have gotten away with regulars. Heel cup is great and the adjustable arch support is great. Very happy and the shoe is built really well. The CX237 was a bit trashy--bottom vent you could pull right out.

Unanswered Question

Where can I find a shop that does the custom fitting and heat molding. The shoes fit great, but are giving me pain on the opposite sides of the arches during long rides. I have tried both sized arch supports with little difference. I have also tried moving the cleats around. I don't know how to fix this issue.