Shimano has announced the release of two new entry-level cross-country clipless shoes, the XC3 and XC1, which are aimed at new riders who are getting more serious about riding.
Despite their budget price point, Shimano promises competitive performance. Trickle-down of technology from the premium S-Phyre mountain bike shoe range, elevating both aesthetics and performance of these budget models, promising increased comfort and better power transfer.
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The XC3 shoes feature Shimano's durable perforated Dynalast uppers and use a similar wrapping structure as Shimano's premium shoes. A Boa L6 dial tightens in micro-adjustments and is popped up for a quick release when removing the shoe. The single Boa is mounted in the centre of the shoe presumably to allow more even tension across the foot and give a sleeker look by removing the need for a velcro strap across the toe.
The sole has a stiffness rating of 5/12 based on Shimano's own scale and is constructed glass fiber reinforced nylon sole with a rubber XC racing pattern outsole. Shimano has lowered the stack height of the XC3 for a better pedal feel and improved foot stability under power. Reinforcement around the toe and heel are in place to shrug off rocks and provide protection to the foot from impacts.
Weight is very reasonable, coming in at a claimed 332g per shoe. The XC3 will be available in Black and Navy colours.
The cheaper XC1 shoe takes the same sole construction and lug pattern of the XC3 and combines it with a Dynalast upper and velcro closure. The three velcro hook and loop straps to manage closure and provide adjustment across the foot. The top strap is slightly offset which Shimano claims to relieve tension at the highest point of the foot. The XC1 shoes weigh-in only 2g heavier than the XC3 and are available in either black or red.
The sizing available is broad with Shimano offering the XC3 in Men’s 36-52 and women’s 35-44 plus wide versions between 36-52. The XC1's come in Men’s 38-50 and women’s 36-44.
Shimano is yet to release pricing however as the current XC5 retail for a reasonable $170 / £129.99 we are expecting pricing on the new XC3 and XC1 to be extremely competitive.