Spy shots: 2011 Shimano XTR shoes

Choice of pedals, choice of footwear

Shimano's new XTR M980 groupset comes with a choice of two pedals – the trail-orientated PD-M985 or more racey PD-M980 – and it looks like the Japanese componentry giants are developing two SPD shoes to match.

At this stage details are scarce, as the design of the shoes has yet to be finalised, but we have managed to get shots of the prototype SH-M315 and SH-M240.

The SH-M315 looks particularly interesting, as it appears to combine the heat-mouldable custom fit and durability of Shimano's current top-end mountain bike shoe, the SH-M310, with a sole that should finally provide reasonable traction when on foot.

Other features include a semi-rigid toe cap, new vents to pull in more cooling air and a heel cup that wraps up and around the back of your foot. We'll bring you more information on these shoes as and when we get it. UK distributors Madison are currently quoting prices of £269.99 for the M315 and £179.99 for the M240.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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