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ShimanoSH-RC9 S-PHYRE Cycling Shoe - Men's

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Description

SH-RC9 S-PHYRE Cycling Shoe

Shimano shoes are a perennial favorite here in the office as its quality, performance, and durability receive the same dedication it places in its components, which is to say, very impressive. These particular kicks, the SH-RC9 S-PHYRE Cycling Shoe are its range-topping road offering and is analogous to its Dura-Ace parts, balancing weight, stiffness, and reliability in an impressively fitting package. Shoe comfort is critical as its one of your 3 contact points on the bike and thankfully, through professional feedback from World Tour racers, this shoe has it in spades. This updated version of the SH-RC9 includes more perforations for increased ventilation in warmer weather, built in drainage holes for rainy conditions, and a striking new green colorway.

Shimano constructs the upper from a single piece of Teijin microfiber synthetic leather that delivers suppleness and a precise fit. It engineered drainage holes for rain to exit the shoe when caught out in a downpour and the quick-drying 3D mesh lets your feet breathe keeping them feeling fresh even on long summer rides. The micro-adjustable and independent dual Boa IP1 dial closures provide such a glove-like fit, Shimano actually got rid of its Custom-Fit heat and vacuum system we were used to seeing on its high-end shoes over the past decade. The strategically placed BOA dials and well contouring upper fit so well, these shoes simply don't need it.

A rounded one-piece molded heel cup starts at the sole and continues up the back of the shoe. It stabilizes the heel, keeping it planted, and eliminates the possibility of twisting and rolling throughout the pedal stroke improving comfort and efficiency. The lining of the heel features a cat tongue-like gripping fabric, preventing heel lift allowing you to pedal perfect circles while your foot is held firmly in place without excessive pressure over the top of your foot. Flanking the cleat mounting and toe area of the sole is a bonded overly protecting the bottom of the shoe and allowing for stable footing at red lights and stop signs.

If you are a weight-weenie, Shimano shoes might not impress you on paper but when you consider that it refuses to skimp on important performance bolstering features in the quest to shed a few grams, you might start to get it. Similar to a frameset or set of wheels, weight is just one criterion and Shimano balances fit, comfort, and power transfer, in addition to weight, when it's time to design, develop, and manufacture shoes. The sole is an ever stiff Dynalast carbon fiber version designed to improve foot support and comfort and transmits every watt into the pedals. A seamless mid-sole construction process eliminates the board last, which reduces weight and lowers the overall stack height of the sole for maximum efficiency. The sole's stiffness measurement is an impressive 12 out of 12, the stiffest from Shimano, and provides 11mm more fore-aft cleat adjustment over its previous road shoes.

A single size 42 shoe comes in at 243g so it's actually quite at home chasing KOMs in the Grand Tours while durable enough to survive the muddy cobbled classics. If the RC9's were a cyclist, it'd certainly be a rouleur, stiff enough to sprint, light enough for the mountains, and comfortable enough for an all-day breakaway. The fit, performance, and durability is everything we have come to expect from Shimano shoes and we think you'll love them too.

  • Pro-level road shoe blending comfort, performance, and durability
  • Carbon fiber composite sole is light and efficient
  • Breathable synthetic uppers contour to feet
  • Additional perforations increase breathability
  • Better drainage holes evacuate water during rainy rides
  • Dual Boa IP1 closures dial in the fit
  • Compatible with three-bolt road cleats

Tech Specs
Upper MaterialTeijin Avail microfiber synthetic leather
Closure2 Boa IP1 dials
SoleDynalast carbon fiber
Cleat Compatibility3-bolt Road
Recommended Useroad cycling
Manufacturer Warranty1 year
Size

Shimano

Cycling Footwear
EUUS MENUS WOMEN
35   4
36 4 5
37 4 5.5
37.5 4.5 6
38 5 6.5
38.5 5.5 7
39 5.5 7
39.5 6 7.5
40 6.5 7.5
40.5 7 8
41 7.5 8.5
41.5 8 9
42 8.5 9.5
42.5 8.5 10
43 9 10.5
43.5 9 11
44 9.5 11
44.5 10  
45 10.5  
45.5 11  
46 11  
46.5 11.5  
47 12  
48 12.5  
49 13  
50 14  

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>Rating: 2

Not suitable for high-power riding

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
44.5
Weight
152 lbs

SUMMARY: I fully realize that I am an outlier here. The Phyres are super comfortable but are not suitable for high-power modes like racing and sprinting. METHODLOGY: After switching to these shoes in mid summer, I rationalized my slower outdoor workout times as a random coincidence with too many variables (wind direction, temperature etc.) to draw any conclusions. With the cold weather, I returned to my structured indoor bike workouts with no environmental factors to muddy the data. My times were clearly worse on identical workouts, particularly on routes with heavy climbing. At a loss for an explanation, I finally decided to test a seemingly absurd variable: my shoes. I then did some comparison rides in my old shoes being careful to keep my HR equivalent etc. CONCLUSIONS: I immediately felt the sense of increased power and my times returned to normal using my old shoes. I just purchased the updated version of my previous (American-brand shoes) and they immediately support my negative experience with the Phyres. I can immediately feel the difference in power and the numbers support underscore this. PROS: 1) These are beautiful shoes 2) Great fit, super comfortable CONS: 1) The first weird thing I experienced was how much flatter my foot position was and how much I had to lower my seat. I assumed that this design was the result of Shimano’s sophisticated engineering and technological advances and I didn’t question their efficacy. I’m not familiar with the physics here so I can’t draw any scientific conclusions but my poor performance numbers versus the results from two other pairs of shoes lead me to believe that this is a design flaw and a serious one. 2) The Boa system on my previous shoes and my just-purchased replacement shoes run two wires across the top of the foot just in front of the ankle. Solid as a rock. The Shimano shoes run only leather across the top of the foot, the Boa just tightens the leather itself. This leads to noticeable flex and a discomfiting feeling when doing hard efforts and it’s downright unnerving when sprinting.

>Rating: 4

Runs long and narrow

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
42
Height
5` 9"
Weight
165 lbs

The shoe seems built with high quality, but the fit is narrow. I have tried RC5/RC7 using same size (42) and I own 2 Shimano MTB XC and Enduro shoes with 42, all fits perfect for me, but RC9 is narrow. I compared RC9 with another pair of Lake CX238 from my friends (left RC9) as attached in photo, you can clearly see the difference

The
>Rating: 4

Runs long and narrow

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
42
Height
5` 9"
Weight
165 lbs

The shoe seems built with high quality, but the fit is narrow. I have tried RC5/RC7 using same size (42) and I own 2 Shimano MTB XC and Enduro shoes with 42, all fits perfect for me, but RC9 is narrow. I compared RC9 with another pair of Lake CX238 from my friends (left RC9) as attached in photo, you can clearly see the difference

The
>Rating:

Would you all characterize these as built for a low- or high-volume foot? Narrow, low volume feet here, and I have an inexpensive pair of Shimano shoes that I bought along with my bike fitting, mostly because the cleat position was correct. But I had to install a blue Superfeet insole to take up a lot of room. Hoping these are lower volume so I don’t have to use another large insole (that blocks ventilation, etc!).

>Rating: 4

Probably good for someone, not for me

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
46

I actually returned these shoes, but wanted to leave a review in case it might be helpful for others. I see a lot of talk about fit in the comments and I normally wear a size 45 casual shoe and found the size 46 to be a *smidge* tight lengthwise but not alarming. Had I kept the shoes I might have gone up a half size. The fatal flaw for me though was the position of the upper BOA anchor. The hard plastic bit that is under a ton of tension was right on a bony part of my foot. Also, I found the "cat tongue" heel cup material underwhelming. In any case, I like Swiftwick socks and with those socks there didn't seem to be any purchase with the heel cup material (not more than a regular non-cat tongue heel in any case). Honestly, based on the heel and the BOA anchor I would have given a lower rating, but I know that shoes are personal and these seem to be perfect for a lot of people. Not for me though. YMMV. Competitive Cyclist was great in helping me get them returned.

>Rating: 4

Size chart is WAY off

Fit:
Runs large

Although I was dubious from the get go, I ordered a 45 BASED ON THE SHIMANO size chart. As reference I almost always wear a 43.5 (10.5) Even though the internal label on the shoe claims US 10.5, uh....no. Very much 11 plus. just reordered a 44 so we will see what happens

How did the 44s fit?

>Rating: 5

Great shoes from the first ride

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
43
Height
5` 9"
Weight
159 lbs

Great shoes. The dual boa adjustments are excellent and precise. Shoes are comfortable from the first ride. If anything they might be slighty narrow - just a touch. These blow away my former Sidis for comfort.

>Rating: 5

Great so far

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

These are solid and comfortable after a month. I've worn a 46 running shoe forever and size 46 fits well.

>Rating:

Exceptionally comfortable

My last two pairs are from Sidi, and while both are still going strong I thought it was time to mix things up a little. So far I am finding these Shimano RC-9's to be extremely comfortable. There's a soft, supple feel to these that is just pleasant to wear. So far, so good. Also, the green is GREEN!

My

Brian, did you find a size difference in the Sidi and Shimano shoe? I’m currently on Sidi Shot and Sixty shoes and have thought about a change. Just wondering if you had to size up/down? Thanks!

>Rating: 5

Excellent Shoe

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
41
Height
5` 5"
Weight
140 lbs

After much research and reading many reviews I purchased this excellent offering from Shimano. I’m a 68 year old cyclist who rides 8,000 plus miles a year at a 19-20 mph average pace with my normal group of 5 to 7 riders. Previous road shoes owned have been offerings from Sidi and Mavic. My feet over the past couple of years have become a bit wider. I don’t need an extra wide shoe just one with a little extra room in the toe box and these fit the bill perfectly for me. The best compliment I can pay these shoes is that I don’t think about them when I’m riding. They fit well and are comfortable. In my opinion the sizing is about 1/2 size small. I ordered both a 40.5 which was supposed to correspond to my normal size and a 41. I kept the larger size and returned the other. Definitely a top of the line shoe!

>Rating: 5

LOVE THESE SHOES!! I am buying more!!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10.5
Height
5` 11"
Weight
169 lbs

These shoes ARE BANG ON THE MONEY!! I used to have 2 pairs of Bontrangers that i loved but sadly after 6 years of beatings they bit the dust! I spent weeks looking in my local stores and tried on everything from SIDI to Specialized. Initially i went with a pair of specialized but within 2 rides i was getting an ankle rubbing and was destroyed. I stumbled across CC and called them up because i was concerned on sizing. They guided me exceptionally well and as a result... These Shimano™s FIT PERFECT!! I am a size EU45/US10.5 and in normal shoes or trainers i am an EU 44 or US 10.5. I now have over 2,000 miles in one pair of these! They are strong, lightweight, deliver the power i want through the shoe exceptionally well and truly they are up there with the best, if not the best. The teams customer service level is 100% and i will be buying the new RC9s in blue and white when they are out in Feb 2021. Definitely worth the money and a BIG THANK YOU to CC for helping me get the right sizing. Great shoes! Great team! A little pricey BUT FLAWLESS so i definitely got what i paid for and will be buying again in Feb.

These

damn the green shoes are you a sponsored rider?

>Rating:

If I’m a 44 / 10.5 US in Giro shoes, would a 44 likely work in these?

>Rating: 5

Best Shoes I’ve Owned

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
44
Height
6` 0"
Weight
170 lbs

I love these shoes! Incredibly lightweight, perfect stiffness in the sole, very comfortable, and they look awesome. I am a woman with long but narrow feet, so I was worried the heels might be too wide because they’re not adjustable, but they fit perfectly. Love these shoes, and would highly recommend.

>Rating: 5

How comfortable are they.........

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45
Height
6` 2"
Weight
235 lbs

I’ve had the shoes for 3 weeks now and multiple rides and all I can say is WOW. When I started shopping for new shoes I read and read several reviews, pro’s and cons and narrowed it down to these shoes. I was a little apprehensive due to the price attached to it. After a few more discussion/email with a rep at Competitive Cyclist he put me at ease and I made the purchase. They are so comfortable that for the first time in years I can ride for 50/75/100 miles and not have any discomfort/pain on my feet. Yes they are comfortable, light and would definitely recommend to anyone who is willing to invest in a comfortable cycling shoe.

>Rating: 5

Amazing Shoes

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
43
Height
5` 6"
Weight
155 lbs

Over the years I’ve had good experiences with Specialized and Sidi shoes in the Mega size. I need a wide tow box and narrow heel. I bought a pair of the lower ranked RC7’s and couldn’t believe the comfort and overall feel for a pair of $200 shoes. I had been eye balling the RC9’s for quite some time and a recent sale pushed me to pick up a pair. I’ve always been bothered a bit with cycling shoes that have excessive heel slip. The RC9 is amazing with regards to heel slip, it’s non existent. The Boa dial is the two way version vs one way on the RC7. All in all these shoes are unlikely to disappoint you, Shimano really stepped up their game with these newer offerings.

>Rating: 4

Shoe design top notch - sizing small

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small

Trying them on after arrival, it's clear these shoes are well designed, light, airy and super adjustable in terms of fit. However, the recommended sizing was way too small. I ordered a 44.5 for a 10.5-11.0 shoe size. Not even close. Size 47 here I come. Folks at competitive cyclist made the return easy. My complaint is more with Shimano. Why bother to have a standard shoe size scale if you don't follow it? More information when I get the correct size and break them in.

I agree with you that Shimano doesn't list a correct sizing format. A size 11 US is a 10.9 EU. What?!

I wear a 10.5 u.s., 45eu and ordered a 46 I should have ordered the 45.... Fits true to size..

>Rating: 5

Best shoes and best fit I have ever had

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
47
Height
6` 3"
Weight
260 lbs

Great shoes, good fit, easy to tighten and loosen, even tightness, durable, very stiff. Love them. I need a little wider toe box but did not need the wide size, very simple and equal tightening.

>Rating: 1

Shoes are okay, but buyer beware

Fit:
True to size

These shoes were given to me as a gift for a birthday. I used them lightly, only putting about a 1,500 miles on them before a boa dial broke at the 8 month mark. After reaching out I was informed the shoes would probably be replaced as they should. But thereafter Natalie a warranty specialist treated me poorly and informed me competitive cyclist would not replace the shoes as it was “wasteful and unnecessary” to do so. This despite the boa dial being a different color from the others which at $400 is a confusing fix if the company cares about its customers. This has changed my opinion of competitive cyclist. Do not expect the shoes to be replaced if a dial fails, regardless of if it is in the replacement warranty period. Therefore the shoes get a 1 star but not for the product itself. The bottom line is if the shoe only lasts 8 months of light use and will not be replaced there are far better goods stores who will honor their commitments such as REI.

Hi James - As we discussed, BOA covers their closure system separately from Shimano's 1 year warranty. My offer to make sure you receive 4 new, matching BOA closures still stands. Feel free to contact me if you would like to get that process going. Thank you again!

James contact BOA- I ripped a BOA off my shoe and they replaced (sewed on back on) for free. BOA’s customer service isn’t unbelievable. Or it sounds like back country will handle for you as well with BOA.

Call BOA they will fix for free-

Odd review. Boa dials are easily replaced, so what’s the problem?

>Rating: 5

Great shoes

Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
44

Traded up from my Sidi wires. Same size (44) but the shimano’s (44) have a bit more room in the width. Comfy footbed too, Very happy!

>Rating:

How much fore-aft adjustment does the 3-hole cleat have in cm? thanks

Thank you for your questions Aldo. Shimano states the RC9 (along with most others) has a combined fore and aft cleat adjustment range of 22mm or 2.2cm being that 11mm from the outsole and 11mm from the paired cleat. I hope this answers your questions, but if not feel free to shoot me a direct email at krakowski@competitivecyclist.com. Thanks!