MORE TRACTION, LESS MUD
The front section of the outsole is fitted with optimally shaped spikes and blocks, which are arranged in an ideal pattern to maximize traction. The open, mud-shedding tread pattern allows mud and debris to fall through, keeping the shoe and pedal light and power-efficient. Sole stiffness is optimized through a layered structure that offers the ideal rigidity for cross-country riding. The SH-XC90 features a carbon-composite midsole and, in the front section, a carbon-composite insert plate.
REPLACEABLE TOE SPIKES
Toe spikes can be swapped out according to the riding environment. On dry, solid rocks, use the resin type. When you need more traction – say, in muddy conditions or in loose sand or dirt – choose the metal-tipped XC spikes. The heel cup is integrated with the sole and fits the shape of the heel. It stabilizes the heel and holds your foot firmly in place.
Rovenica* — a strong, lightweight, and supple synthetic leather with outstanding durability and shape retentiveness — is used in SHIMANO high end shoe uppers. The XC90 is featured with SHIMANO’s Custom-Fit technology for a perfect customized shape of the upper and a new Cross X Strap closing system. The Cross X strap is optimized for relieving tension on top of foot during push off motion. SHIMANO did this by relocating the strap’s fastening section to the side of the shoe.
A pair of the XC90 shoes weigh 627g (size 40) and is best matched with the PD-M980 pedal. Also new to SHIMANO’s shoe line up are the XC70 and XC61.