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Shimano improves its lineup of gravity mountain bike shoes

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Shimano has released improved editions of its gravity lineup of mountain bike shoes catering to mountain bikers who prefer the downhills rather than the ups. Central to the new shoes are a new rubber compound on the brand's GR903 flat pedal shoe. 

The GR series is Shimano's offering for gravity riders shopping for the best MTB flat pedal shoes. The GR9 model now comes with a new sole and Shimano's new Ultread rubber compound, which the brand says helps the shoe grip better to the pedal's pins. 

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Shimano GR903

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Shimano GR903

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Shimano GR903

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The shoe's tread is designed specifically to work with Shimano's Deore XT and Saint flat pedal models, meaning the tread and pedals will line up seamlessly. The shoe also features tread on the toe and heel areas for improved walkability. 

The GR9 shoe also features an upper made from reinforced synthetic leather, and the whole thing weighs 385g (claimed). 

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Shimano AM9

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Shimano AM9

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Shimano AM9

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On the clipless side of things, Shimano has also updated features on the AM9 shoe. The shoe now comes with a dust-protection tongue that covers the laces and a wider instep strap for more snugness and security. The AM9 weighs 415g (claimed). 

Shimano has also debuted the ET7, a flat pedal shoe designed for e-MTB riders. The shoe has a BOA dial to perfect the fit and a stiffer midsole compared to traditional mountain bike shoes. 

The shoes are available in sizes 38-48 and are available now.

Ryan Simonovich

Ryan Simonovich has been riding and racing for nearly a decade. He got his start as a cross-country mountain bike racer in California, where he cultivated his love for riding all types of bikes. Ryan eventually gravitated toward enduro and downhill racing but has also been found in the occasional road and cyclo-cross events. Today, he regularly rides the trails of Durango, Colorado, and is aiming to make a career out of chronicling the sport of cycling. 


Rides: Santa Cruz Hightower, Specialized Tarmac SL4