The S-PHYRE XC9 is road-shoe fast meets mountain-shoe rugged. Packed with many of the same engineering advancements found in the RC9, the XC9 has a glove-like fit and low stack height for maximum power transmission with the performance needed to excel in professional off-road and cyclocross competition.
The XC9 uses a new lightweight cross country and cyclocross specific outsole that is more durable and provides good abrasion resistance. Its proprietary outsole was designed in conjunction with Michelin, offering increased traction off the bike while minimizing weight thanks to high traction, mud-shedding tread patterns. The outsole has a minimalist, three section outsole with dual-compound rubber, a lighter triangle knob design and new anti-slip arch pattern to provide extra grip in the mid-arch section.
For the ultimate grip in sloppy conditions, optional new extra-long 18mm toe spikes are accompanied by a reinforced spike mount. Designed to perfectly integrate with SPD pedals, Shimano delivers the ultimate off-road race pedaling system available.