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

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SH-RC9 S-PHYRE Cycling Shoe

Shimano’s SH-RC9 S-PHYRE Cycling Shoe is becoming well known for its glistening blue presence at the front of the pack and is quickly becoming what may very well be a legacy-shoe that holds its dedicated space in cycling lore. Stepping into the RC9 is a unique experience, as comfort is immediate, and you can vividly imagine pro-level accelerations on your race-rides. Shimano uses a 360-degree fit optimization that unifies all the individual components on the shoe to become one complete system, engineered to provide stability and maximum power transfer on the pedals.

The integrated midsole and upper material comfortably envelop your foot for a secure hold, while the dual Boa Li2 dials and PowerZone wiring guide cinch down for the optimum tension. Precision cable tension is a critical performance tool, whether you are unwinding from an epic five-hour climbing session or torquing down for a finish sprint in the criterium.

Shimano elevates the carbon era with a supremely rigid sole that tests at a stiffness of twelve, meaning you’ll never doubt whether your efforts are going into the pedals. This level of control and performance is what we’ve come to expect from Shimano’s top-tier road shoes, and what keeps us dedicated to their component line as well.

A unique trait for the RC9 is the incorporation of the Anti-twist heel stabilizer that holds the foot in place while performing high-cadence accelerations. Heel control is not an overly focused target of improvement, as modern-day training plans and single-ring gear ratios push normalized cadences higher and higher.

Visual upgrades include more refined venting hole placements and sleeker-looking logo placement, both of which set the RC9 as a visual icon in the peloton.

  • Pro-level carbon road shoe with a dialed in fit
  • Stiff carbon sole transfers power to the pedals
  • 360 degree wrapping creates a comfortable and complete fit
  • Dual Boa dials for quick, late-race precision adjustments
  • Anti-twist stabilizer holds foot securely under fast accelerations

Tech Specs
Upper Materialsynthetic
ClosureDual Boa Li2 dials
Midsolecarbon fiber
Solecarbon fiber
Cleat Compatibility3-bolt
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: 1

DYNALAST = DONOTLAST

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
42.5
Height
5` 10"
Weight
180 lbs

This material is so stretchy that 3-6 adjustments are needed PER ride, as it expands, expands, and flexes. Then it creases. At the 6000 km mark, elite level riding, its creases are really bad, creasing and bunching instead of gliding under the upper dial as you dial in the BOA. So yes, with wear, the DONOLAST folds as opposed to wraps. Combination of heat and rides just do it. in this aspect, vastly inferior to DYNEEMA (specialized) that seems indestructible. DONOTLAST also expands so much that sizing should not be an issue. Fits small becomes fits large after a 10km warmup...Bad Shimano, bad... Yes shoe flexes..

>Rating: 1

Shady employees

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Size Bought
45

I’m not saying I know for sure but I suspect one of the employees sent me a size 42 and kept the size 45 because they had sold out of 45. I called to complain about receiving the wrong size shoe in the correct box and an employee promised he could get me a size 45 but emailed me later that they had already sold out. Shady if you ask me.

I’m
>Rating: 1

Shady employees

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Size Bought
45

I’m not saying I know for sure but I suspect one of the employees sent me a size 42 and kept the size 45 because they had sold out of 45. I called to complain about receiving the wrong size shoe in the correct box and an employee promised he could get me a size 45 but emailed me later that they had already sold out. Shady if you ask me.

I’m

Not at all, I went through a situation where their online inventory did not match warehouse. Due to supply chain backlogs, and sudden waves, items arrive or leave before they had a chance to process. I have never known CC to deliberately swap a product, in fact, they never sent me a wrong item. But I did order another 42.5, processed, then told not in stock in red, then asked for the white. One phone call later they confirmed that online said Available, in house, not.

lol

>Rating: 1

Heat up +20% flexier vs S Works 7, Ares

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
42.5
Height
5` 9"
Weight
182 lbs

UPDATE NOV 2021: 6000 kms later, flex there; and DYNALAST = DONOTLAST, flexes and bulges/creases... PREV REVIEW. Excellent shoe that would easily tick OUTSTANDING but for three items. ! toe box area is TOO NARROW. 90mm wide for Standard, that is NARROW. Shimano Wide is narrower than North America Regular width... . 2, at 95-100 RPM, 35-45 km hr and 82kg rider, it is 20%, perceptibly LESS STIFF THAN Lake or Specialized S Work 7 or Ares. Now, true, studies prove that stiffness does not equal more speed. But S Works 7 begged me to get up and push my 82kg (without helmet ) uphill. S Phyre, you get to the limits first high power efforts... The S Work 7 failed as the plastic toe area (not carbon toe area!) deformed after a few 45C rides, and returned after 40 rides... Yep, deformed, it mortified Specialized. But, it is an excellent shoe that claims Maximum stiffness, but is flexi(er). IF IT STAYS SUCH, no issue. If it degrades (modulus change), then problem. All carbon shoes lose stiffness. RC902 better keep it. 3, its 360 material is INFERIOR to S Works Dyneema- too elastic... (be it a good wrap). With S Works you feel LOCKED AND LOADED, up down hills (what hills?) solid item (barring plastic toe design flaw). S Phyre 360 upper is flexy, so you lose on push and on pull not begging you to abuse them. They invite you to spin fast, not push hard all around. S Works you feel you have that extra gear that stiffness (on a non deformed shoe) that '15' provides. heat: they cook at 30-33C (red). Black Specialized, 40-45C and still cooler. Cook as in heat pad all around... Got a first plantar pain feel 11 jul 21, 10 rides. Zero with Specialized. never never ever....... So I conveyed this to Shimano- MAKE A STIFFER CARBON 'LAST', AND STRONGER UPPER MATERIAL. Numbers??? Excellent but 0.5-1 km hour SLOWER average than Specialized at headwind and uphill. eQUAL SPEED drafting, or tailing (less force more spin)... On sheer power output, and comfort (RC9 too narrow), S Works and Ares edge it noticeably.. Locked and Loaded..... Ergonomics? S Works... Overall? S Phyre beats the S Works only on reliability, as after 1600 kms, 40 rides, each Works and Ares plastic toe area BENT deformed... Heel Cup? best in the world. Yes, I can compensate a bit for above deficiencies via amazing heel grip. Cannto explain it, the heel remains locked... Winner? Sadly, S Phyre... Have to use it until Specialized redoes its last.. Who would love them? 60-70kg riders that go at cadence or while drafting. Powerful rider? One gear lower, spin more...

Hi mates! I have been cycling for 16+ years now. Competitive and for the past 8 years for fun and fit. I have always used Sidi shoes and I can see buying anything else as they fit me well. Always top of the line sidi of course and the fact they are hand made in Italy it is a big plus. I have normal fit. I don’t really get into new shoes or new styles as and even shoes made in China, etc. as the quality differs greatly. My advise is to stick with a shoe you are comfortable and that fits you well and stick with that brand or style. Also go to local or in your area bike shop and try them on. I think it is time for manufacturing companies that maybe have a test program in particular with the high end shoes. Best of luck to all!

Are you on eddibles wack job. There shoes for Chist sake.

>Rating: 3

Nice but weird Fit

Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
47

As other reviewers have said, the fit can be odd. This may be a QC issue. I ended up buying three different pairs to try (one with Velcro and BOA, two with BOA only). The 48 size was just barely too big with too much heel slip. I returned both and got a 47. One shoe fit like a glove, but I couldn't even get my foot in the other one! I'm returning this third pair and really hoping the Specialized Ares I got will help. I really don't like the amount of money I'm spending on returns!

>Rating: 5

Exceptional Fit and Finish

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
44
Height
5` 9"
Weight
180 lbs

Based on some of the previous reviews regarding the fit of the shoes, I was somewhat hesitant to purchase these shoes. I am so glad that I did though. I will agree that the toe box of the shoes definitely seem more narrow than the Fiziks that these are replacing. I actually spent hours wearing them on carpet (with no discomfort or numbness ) before even installing cleats. I have since put on a few hundred miles with them and are very happy with my purchase. After some time spent in the shoes, I have some things to share. First, they are one of the most ventilated and cool shoes to wear in hot weather that I’ve ever had. There is exceptional ventilation on both the top with micro perforations as well as vents on the bottom as well. In fact, if you position your foot correctly when coasting you can actually feel the air through the bottom of the shoes on your toes and heel. The BOA adjustments are positioned perfectly with micro adjustments possible for both the top and front of your feet. The shoes also feature a small piece neoprene at the top of the younger that makes them feel comfortable out of the box with zero break in time. Finally, the carbon soles are Uber Stiff - probably the most solid shoes I have ever ridden. Every ounce of effort you put into pedaling helps move you forward. I ordered the black with the purple writing. A small sidenote is that the S-phyre font is made of a color shift paint. It can range from purple to navy to lavender depending on the angle and the light. It is actually a super cool feature and (somewhat matches my bike which is an added bonus), looks great. Take the plunge - You’ll be happy that you did!

Do you push 40 km hr/ high RPM? I find them flexy.. And especially uphill... Flex Flex Flex Flex... Too flexy vs the competition, e.g. S Works. The modulus is simply waaay lower than Specialized...

>Rating: 2

Well constructed shoe with an odd fit

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
44

I was very excited about these s-phyres, and I was impressed by the quality of the shoe. Unfortunately the fit of the shoe was less than ideal. The heel and mid-portion of the shoe felt great, but the toe box is toed-in while the rest of the shoe is pointed straight. The toe-box also seemed quite large in comparison to the rest of the shoe. These inconsistancies in the fit made the shoes uncomfortable for me.

>Rating: 5

RC902

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45
Height
6` 3"
Weight
190 lbs

Have owned RC9, 901, and now 902 over the past few years. These are my favorite thus far. did size 45 in the 901 and 902. Fit is spot on. The upper wraps to your foot a little more and the heel cup sucks you in. The new dials are an improvement.

>Rating: 5

Glad I Stayed With Shimano

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
46.5
Height
6` 2"
Weight
185 lbs

Just got the blue SH-RC9 S-PHYRE in a 46.5 EUR or 11.5 US , love them , fit just right not too tight or overly roomy - have them combined with Shimano blue SPD-SL cleats and Dura Ace SPD-SL pedals - replacements for 13 year old Shimano SPD-R shoes with Red Look cleats and Look pedals . Both feet are B width and so they may run narrow but I think they're available in wide width. Competitive Cyclist has been great to work with , great product selection , fast delivery , & customer friendly return policy and standards - would buy these shoes again from Competitive !! Have only used them on an indoor Kurt-K fluid trainer but I'm sold on these shoes !!

>Rating: 3

Just a bit too narrow

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
True to size

I don't have a wide foot, but do like a bit of toe room in my bike shoes. I really wanted to like these shoes and they were very comfortable when trying them on. However, as others have noted, they feel noticeably narrower and tighter right where you need space the most on the ball of your foot. Toes went numb after about 30 minutes and I had to return them :(

>Rating: 4

Amazingly comfortable - Odd fit

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
43
Height
5` 8"
Weight
170 lbs

These were my first pair of top tier cycling shoes. I was quite impressed with the feel overall, it was secure but not restrictive enough to feel like the sizing was wrong. One of the noticeable differences from my previous pair of shoes these are narrower overall. So much so that asking the misses about it and she said the same thing. Even at low tensions on the BOA dials my feet were definitely secured in the shoe and it felt comfortable. A problem I ran into though was after 30m (trainer only) my toes would go numb. As much as I would have like to think it was my fault for this, I tried to change my cleat positions a few times, lower tension on the BOA dials (I tend to like them tight), and even restricting my power output. None of my changes were met with positive results as right at the 30 minute mark my toes would go numb, which led me to return the shoes. Going back to my Fiziks (not wide versions I should add) I had no issues riding for hours on the trainer or outdoors with foot numbness. Overall the fit was great, but the narrow design caused issues for me.

Glad I'm not the only one noticing these are noticeably narrower...and I have been wearing shimano road shoes for years and I know how they usually feel. But my just ain't digging the narrower profile and they're going numb as a result. Bummer

>Rating: 3

Beautiful but the fit was odd

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
44.5
Height
5` 8"
Weight
160 lbs

After dropping almost $450 on these shoes (my first flagship type purchase) I really wanted to love them. They're absolutely gorgeous in red and match my club kit. However, the fit wasn't there. I wear a 10.5US and ordered the 44.5. the length was right and they felt solid at the heel, but they pinched at the balls of my feet (not the toes) and at the arch. The boa dials were nice but the uppers sort of cut into my ankles. Also, my toes were going a bit numb after less than an hour. I'm not going to hate on these shoes since fit is so individual. But for that kind of money they need to be perfect for you. These weren't and I returned them. Return policy is why I buy from competitive cyclist.

>Rating: 5

The best professional riding shoes!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45 cms./11 inches
Height
6` 3"
Weight
245 lbs

I searched high and low for a riding shoe that had a wide width. Sans me traveling to Italy to have Sidi manufacture a shoe for me, I didn't know where else to turn. I was assured by Competitive Cyclist that these shoes are the widest ones available on the market. Yes, these shoes' toe box are plenty wide and they do not crush your toes like the other so called wide shoes. Strong performance, easy to slip on and off and very cool to wear, even in 120 degree southern California Desert Summers!

>Rating: 5

The best professional riding shoes!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45 cms./11 inches
Height
6` 3"
Weight
245 lbs

I searched high and low for a riding shoe that had a wide width. Sans me traveling to Italy to have Sidi manufacture for me a shoe, I didn't know where else to turn. I was assured by Competitive Cyclist that these shoes are the widest ones available on the market. Yes, these shoes' toe box are plenty wide and they do not crush your toes like the other so called wide shoes. Strong performance, easy to slip on and off and very cool to wear, even in 120 degree southern California Desert Summers!

>Rating: 4

Like buttah

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45
Height
5` 9"
Weight
150 lbs

I’ve only ridden on the trainer with these so far but so far so good. Ordering the right size was a bit tricky at first, if you read all the reviews, but they are true to size. My foot is right at 28cm in length, and on the narrow side. They are super stiff but a little bit giving if you will in the upper portion of the shoe, like a slipper. I’ve always been a sidi fan and use to the tight feel. These RC-9's are like you’re not even wearing a shoe! Which does take a bit to get use too. All in all I would highly recommend these to anyone, can’t wait to hit the open road with them! If you do have a slight narrow foot don’t worry you can ratchet them down to fit perfectly.

>Rating: 5

Gotta love that blue

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

Coming from a pair of Shimano RP9, these are noticeably tighter and stiffer. My feet are on the narrow side, and the volume is just right. Consider the wide version if you have a tall arc. Fit and finish is good, but not as impressive vs. some Italian brands. Time will tell how these will hold up.

>Rating: 5

Holy Heel Hold Batman

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

First, James Huang does a great write up on these shoes over at Cycling Tips, and I feel like it is spot on. My Foot is average, maybe just a tad wider than average. I wear a US 9 in Vans, Nike, pretty much all shoes and a 43 in pretty much all cycling shoes. In recent history, I have been riding previous generation S-Works, Giro Empire, Giro Factor, Sidi Shot, FiveTen Kestrel BOA and the First Generation of the Shimano S-PHYRE XC 9, the Cross Country shoe. Pointing back at the Cycling Tips article, which is worth a read, I would say that these new RC 9 shoes are ever so slightly lower volume than my XC 9 shoes in the toe box. I don't feel like these are small, or narrow, but just a little less volume, giving them a more performance feeling, and secure fit. Construction is beautiful and I really like the way the upper wraps around the bottom of the shoe. They are lightweight and very stiff. Breathability is excellent as well. The new BOA dials are amazing and the shape of the heel cup, holy cow, it locks my foot into the shoe better than any other that I have owned. These shoes are comfy, light, stiff, and look really good. They are my favorite.

+1

so, just to be clear, you went with a 43 in these as well? and they were not smaller/narrower than typical 43s in other brands, right?