Shimano M183N shoes review£130.00

Race, whatever the weather

BikeRadar score3/5

If you want a full bore race shoe without putting up with freezing mesh panels, this revised Shimano shoe could be the answer.

The fibreglass reinforced sole is straight from Shimano’s race range, and the properly stiff performance feel is perfect when you’re torquing through muddy trenches.

The tread pattern is aggressive and open, with toe studs for traction when your wheels can’t get you any further. Long Velcro straps and a broad metal ratchet with replaceable strap mean you can crank them down super-hard for the last lap or really important climbs too.

The upper is sealed synthetic leather which is totally splash and windproof. While it’s not insulated, the large toe box offers better than average circulation and Shimano shoes normally last really well.

They’re not very warm, though, and weather protection is reduced by the low cuff. Such a stiff sole can also numb the foot faster on long, cold rides, especially as the cleat slots aren’t properly sealed.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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