Everybody knows Shimano make excellent groupsets. It’s not exactly a secret. It’s pretty much the opposite of a secret, in fact, seeing as you can walk into almost any bike shop and safely bet at least 85 per cent of the bikes they stock will be equipped with Shimano.
But the Japanese company’s shoe range has remained a better-kept secret, and that range has been steadily expanding with the addition this year of four new models to their road line: the RP2, RP3, RP5 and this, the RP9.
The RP in RP9 stands for Road Performance, which, Shimano say, is testament to the fact the RP range aim to bridge the gap between newbies and racers. Basically, for experienced riders looking for performance in a shoe but not necessarily with racing in mind. That’s why you’ll still find the R321 shoes sitting at the top of the tree: the RP range has come to complement – not replace – existing models.