Shimano drops a motherlode of new bike clothing

New road/trail/commuting shoes, jerseys, shorts, backpacks, gloves, glasses and more

Shimano just massively expanded its popular range of cycle clothing and shoes, with new Performance kit for roadies, Transit clobber for commuters and tourers, and MTB shoes for trail riders, among the many highlights. Let's get stuck in…

New Shimano Performance clothing

This is Shimano's Performance jersey, aimed at the more competitive riders
This is Shimano's Performance jersey, aimed at the more competitive riders

If you're a competitive rider then check out the Shimano Performance range, which includes Breakaway, Hot Condition, Mirror Cool and Escape jerseys, in men's and women's versions.

The new Mirror Cool jersey uses a fabric finish that reflects the sun's heat and is claimed to keep you up to 3°C cooler than standard polyester fabrics – ideal for long hot rides in the summer sun. There's also new matching sports glasses, gloves and socks. 

Performance shoes

Mountain bikers get the ME5 trail shoe, available in black or grey
Mountain bikers get the ME5 trail shoe, available in black or grey

There are also some very nice looking shoes: mountain bikers get the new trail and enduro-specific ME7 and ME5 models, designed to offer durability, grip and protection. Featuring a Torbal torsion control in the carbon sole and with a speed-lacing system (ME7 only), the ME7 and ME5 shoes are SPD compatible and available in black or grey, weighing 375g and 385g respectively.

  • ME7 – £TBA / $TBA / AU$279
  • ME5 – £TBA / $TBA / AU$239

Here's the trail winter shoe, the MW5
Here's the trail winter shoe, the MW5

Both mountain bikers and roadies get winter-specific shoes: the MW5 (mountain) and RW5 (road) models both feature a Dryshield membrane, neoprene ankle collar and fleece lining to keep feet warm and dry in wind, rain and cold. A speed lacing system allows for fast, easy adjustments when fingers are numb. The MW5 is SPD compatible, weighing 445g, whilst the RW5 is also SPD-SL compatible, weighing 340g.

And this is the TR5 triathlon shoe
And this is the TR5 triathlon shoe

Finally triathletes get a new specialist shoe too: the TR5, which shares a similar design to the elite-level TR9. It's made from a breathable synthetic leather upper with 3D mesh lining, and features a quick-strap and extra wide collar for easy foot entry and quick transitions onto the bike. The TR5 is SPD and SPD-SL compatible and tips the scales at 265g.

  • TR5 (men’s/women’s) – £TBA / $TBA / AU$219

New Shimano Transit clothing

There are some nice details on the Transit casual bike jerseys, like a phone pocket on the chest
There are some nice details on the Transit casual bike jerseys, like a phone pocket on the chest

Commuters and touring cyclists also get plenty of new goods: the Japanese firm's Explorer line has been expanded to include the Transit city and Transit mountain touring range of clothing, gloves and bags.

Shimano's Explorer range has been expanded with new clothes, bags, shoes and eyewear
Shimano's Explorer range has been expanded with new clothes, bags, shoes and eyewear

Highlights include: a lightweight Transit Windbreak jacket, which has a water-repellent coating, adjustable waist and chest phone pocket; men's and women's check shirts and casual polo shirts and jerseys in bike-specific cuts; Transit Path shorts and trousers, again made from water-repellent stretch fabric; Transit cycling mitts and long-finger gloves.

  • Transit check button up shirt LS – £79.99 / $TBA / AU$TBA
  • Transit check button up shirt SS – £69.99 / $TBA / AU$TBA
  • Transit polo – £59.99 / $TBA / AU$TBA
  • Transit shorts – £64.99 / $TBA / AU$TBA
  • Transit windbreaker jacket – £84.99 / $TBA / AU$TBA

Nasty pongs are taken care of with an anti-bacterial treatment called Silvadur, made from clever little silver ions which are claimed to prevent you getting stinky. There are also discreet reflective details for riding at dusk and night.

Touring road shoes

These remind us a lot of Rapha's Climber's Shoe
These remind us a lot of Rapha's Climber's Shoe

For the feet, the RT5 road shoe features three Velcro straps, while the RT4 gets lace-up styling and a simple closure for a snug and secure fit. At a similar level, new off-road MT5 and MT3 shoes get SPD compatibility, a rugged exterior and recessed cleats.

  • RT5 – £TBA / $TBA / AU$TBA
  • MT5 – £TBA / $TBA / AU$189
  • MT3 (men’s/women’s) – £TBA / $TBA / AU$159

… want to wear sandals while you hammer the pedals? Here you are, the SD5
… want to wear sandals while you hammer the pedals? Here you are, the SD5

Going somewhere hot? Then check out the SD5 SPD sandal, which lets you securely clip into your pedals while enjoying a cool breeze between your toes.

Transit glasses

There are some new Transit sports glasses too: the S23X and S22X sunglasses with anti-fog and anti- scratch treatments, a hydrophobic water-repellent lens coating and full UV400 protection for your eyes.

Transit bags

The Tokyo backpack comes in 17-litre and 23-litre versions
The Tokyo backpack comes in 17-litre and 23-litre versions

Finally, in terms of backpacks, the 17-litre or 23-litre Tokyo pack has a padded laptop pocket, document organisers and a grid of accessory-storage pockets. Both models come complete with a hi-vis rain cover, discreet reflectivity, a water-resistant base, retention straps for helmets or locks, and an easy-close buckle with rolling closure up top.

  • Tokyo 23 – £124.99 / $TBA / AU$TBA
  • Unzen range – £74.99 - £119.99 / $TBA / AU$TBA
  • Rokko range – £54.99 - £69.99 / $TBA / AU$TBA

The majority of Shimano's latest clothing, footwear and bags will start appearing in stores from September. International pricing is to be confirmed.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Brompton M3L
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Moots Routt
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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