As seen on sponsored riders such as the current Norwegian National Road Champion Edvald Boasson Hagen (who recently came in 2nd at the Road World Championships), new for 2013 for the road range of shoes is the SH-R320, the successor to the SH-R315. Shimano has incorporated feedback from sponsored riders to increase the shoe’s customization abilities. Insoles are included in the Custom-Fit program and are heat-moldable. Cleats have extra 11mm of adjustment on both the shoe side and cleat side. To promote smoother and more efficient pedalling, Shimano developed Dynalast, which reduces unwanted loss of power during the pedal stroke.
A more subtle white and red color combination for the SH-R320
The entire range of road competition and road sport shoes is brand new for 2013. The Dynalast technology is available across all the new models so riders can enjoy the same enhanced comfort and performance as the top range models without breaking the bank.
Also new for 2013 and aimed towards commuters or first timers who wish to try clipless pedals and shoes is the Shimano Click’R range. The Click’R range of shoes features a rubber outer sole and EVA Mid-sole for comfort and ease of walking, something which many cyclists would appreciate especially if there is some walking to be done. In addition, the corresponding Click’R pedals comes with a lighter spring for simpler entry and release with a pop-up cage for easier step-in. The Shimano Click’R range of shoes and pedals should definitely be on the list for cyclists who wish to give clipless systems a try!
Note how the new SH-CT45 shoe, under the Click’R range, resembles more of a walking shoe than a conventional SPD shoe
A completely new product range for Shimano in 2013 is its line of cycling-specific bags, whether it is for hitting the trails or commuting around town. For the aggressive mountain biker who wishes to carry his water and equipment comfortably when zipping around the trails, the Accu 3D Unzen hydration pack is the answer. With 3 sizes (6I 10I 15l in 3 colors) available, it is literally comes with bag load of cyclist friendly features such as easy side access, tool organizer pockets etc.
For the cyclist who wants a bit of everything, the Rokko day-pack is just the right tool. Equally comfortable for use in trails and urban commute, this bag is hydration-system ready and Shimano branded reservoirs will be available separately.
Left to Right: The Rokko & the Unzen
The Tuskinist collection is specifically designed to match the needs of the commuting cyclist. If you are wondering about the somewhat exotic name, Tuskinist is the combination of the word tuskin (Japanese for ‘commuting’) and the word ‘cyclist’. Thoughtful and practical features include a padded laptop compartment and a smartphone pocket on the shoulder strap.
The Tsukinist bag on the go
The Osaka messenger sling bag is for ideal for any kind of urban ride. The 25l and 35l messenger bags provide a streamlined and stable fit and feature a unique quick adjust system, a deluxe organizer panel and a padded laptop compartment.
The Osaka messenger bag in action
On the apparel side of things, brand new for 2013 is the Mirror Cool Jersey. This jersey incorporates a special ceramic-coated fabric proven to reflect heat from sunlight and minimize rising temperatures inside the garment. Fabric with higher heat-transfer efficiency is placed along the centre of the back, where body temperature increases easily. This enhances the release of heat and suppresses a rise in body temperature. The Mirror Cool Jersey will be useful for long and hot rides in the sun, especially in mostly hot and sunny Singapore.
The Mirror Cool Jersey: Just how ‘cool’ is it?