Shimano Launches New S-PHYRE XC9 & ME7 Footwear

May 25, 2018 at 14:51


We've evolved our top-of-the-line mountain bike footwear models, the S-PHYRE XC9 cross country and ME7 enduro shoe, for the 2019 cross country and enduro racing season. Both new models share new features and upgrades while still utilizing select features and elements of the previous generation models. These new 2019 footwear models perfectly pair with the just announced 2019 XTR M9100 Race and Trail pedals.

A consistent new advancement in the upper of both new premium shoes is the use of new strategically cut and placed perforations that aid in both breathability and fit. A careful look at the perforated microfiber upper showcases how Shimano Lifestyle Gear division engineers varied the shape, size and location of perforations to yield the right breathability and shielding from dirt while also creating elasticity that aids in comfort and the ability to accommodate a wider range of feet. The new ME7 also replaces mesh with a new perforated upper.

Another consistent addition to the upper of both new models is the use of armor that has been redesigned and reinforced in both the XC9 and ME7 shoes. We continue to utilize the same Michelin technical outsoles in both shoes as well as BOA® enclosure systems in the new XC9.

ME7: Further refined for elite enduro racing

Shimano SH-ME701


Studying rider usage habits, incorporating feedback from top EWS athletes and factoring in enduro racing trends, our footwear engineers improved the ME7 with new features and made special efforts to accommodate an incredibly wide range of feet with a new last design.

New Enhancements:

- New perforated synthetic leather upper optimizes comfort, fit and breathability
- New Volume+ last enables ultra-wide range of feet sizes (38-50)
- Improved ventilation and durability from new perforated upper design
- New ultra low profile reverse buckle tucked even further from obstacles
- Revised, reinforced armor boosts protection and durability
- New sealed cleat area keeps water out, aids drying

Key Features:

- Shimano’s TORBAL technology provides more natural sideways flex in the back section of the sole to accommodate all-mountain riding style
- Stretch Neoprene ankle collar offers additional protection from trail debris
- Speed lacing system adapts to wide range of foot shapes with a secure fit
- Extra-cushion insole
- MICHELIN® high-performance, dual-density rubber outsole offers superior traction with unmatched durability, stability, and slip resistance
- MSRP: $200.00
- Weight: 400g (size 42)
- Stiffness: 8
- Sizing: 38, 39, 40, 41-46(half sizes), 47, 48, 49, 50

S-PHYRE XC9: Improvements benefit elite mountain bike and cyclocross racers


Our podium-topping elite cross country mountain bike and cyclocross racing shoe improves for 2019 thanks to features focused on improving the fit, breathability and durability in the upper.

New Enhancements:

- New perforated microfiber leather upper optimizes comfort, fit and breathability
- Improved toe box durability from armor expanding outward of metatarsal foot area and reinforced toe bumper
- Smooth, clean appearance and second-skin fit consistent with S-PHYRE footwear from new perforated upper design
- New Electric Green color

Key Features:

- Shimano DYNALAST optimized ergonomic outsole creates more powerful and energy efficient pedaling
- Low stack height sole helps stabilize foot during the downward pedaling stroke
- A one-piece surround upper, narrow bottom, rounded heel and slim toe box provide a glove-like fit
- Dual independent BOA® IP1 dials allow quick and precise micro adjustment
- Asymmetric eyestay pattern prevents twisting of foot under high power pedaling
- Proprietary MICHELIN® outsole minimizes weight, and offers increased traction
- MSRP: $400.00
- Weight: 330g
- Stiffness: 11
- Colors: Blue, Black, Electric Green
- Sizing: Blue & Black 38,39,40~47 half sizes / 40~48 wide; Electric Green size range 38-48 whole sizes only

Shimano footwear and pedals: the perfect pair

The result of over 25 years of experience designing and engineering cycling footwear and built upon the Shimano Pedaling Dynamics (SPD) platform, our footwear and pedals are engineered together as a complete pedaling system.

PD-M9100 – The new M9100 XC pedals improve rider stability with wider edge-to-edge contact areas while improving mud shedding through rounded contact points and off-set bindings. Shimano’s Rider-Tuned design offers two axle length options including a new 3mm shorter axle to minimize the Q-factor for XC riders who are running Boost drivetrains. This new shorter axle also matches the Q-factor of Shimano’s SPD-SL road pedals, providing a smooth transition for road riders diving into gravel.
- Two axle length options: 52mm and 55mm
- Wider edge-to-edge platform
- Step in and out consistency
- Offset binding for improved mud shedding
- 1mm cleat spacer included
- Weight: 310g (52mm), 314g (55mm)
shimano pedals

PD-M9120 – A wider contact area on the new M9120 trail and enduro pedals improves stability while the expanded rearward shoe-pedal contact area better accommodates the sneaker-style flat outsoles used in enduro and gravity riding. The Rider Tuned 1mm cleat spacer creates a better interface with shoes of varying outsole design and lug height.
- Wider contact area than PD-M9020
- Expanded rearward shoe-pedal contact area
- 1mm cleat spacer included
- Weight: 398g
shimano pedals

MENTIONS: @shimano


  • 1 0
 ME7: “New Volume+ last enables ultra-wide range of feet sizes (38-50)” - does this mean there will be a wide version? I have a pair of last years but rarely use them because they’re a little too narrow in the toe box. The design & function of them and etc. are well thought out and excellent quality, typical Shimano.
  • 1 0
 m..f..., I just bought previous ME7 and now what do I see? Updated version!! (((
  • 1 0
 Anyone know when the updated ME7 will be available in the UK?
  • 1 1
 Where's the flats love?

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