SHIMANO GR903 FLAT-PEDAL SHOE REVIEW

Shimano's gravity kicks

SHIMANO GR903

Tech features:  GR903s are Shimano’s latest gravity-oriented option. The big update on these is Shimano’s rubber compound, called Ultread. This new compound, along with the hexagonal pattern, is meant to increase stability with more contact with the pins of a pedal. The GR903s use a casual, simple lace to secure the shoes and have a raised, padded ankle collar with a sidewall sole for added protection.

Field test results: From the first ride, it was apparent that the GR903s are pure riding shoes with little to offer off the bike. Their style is very bike-specific compared to some of the more casual skating styles we have tested. The new Ultread compound rubber is the highlight of these shoes. They grabbed well to all styles of flat pedals with a predictable engagement over obstacles or jumping. The upper has a larger toe cap that came in handy when a rock flew up into our toes. The GR903s are absorbent and comfortable. Riders who like a lot of pedal feel through the sole will get along well with these shoes, but some wanted a little stiffer platform for added support on longer downhill laps. The updated sole on this latest version of Shimano’s flat pedal shoes has a predictable grip, and the shoe seems built to last.

Weight: 872g

Measured sole durometer: 84A

Price: $170

Contact: bike.shimano.com

 

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