Shimano showed off their new shoe collection just prior to Eurobike, but we used Interbike’s Outdoor Demo to get a closer look. Along for the ride are their newest mountain bike pedals, from the completely revised Saint lineup that includes both flats and SPDs, to the XT-level flat pedal and a budget model that takes over where the old Saint left off.

In this video, Shimano’s pedal and footwear product manager for North America, Jessie Gascon, explains the designs and features of the new pedals which we got a first look at earlier this summer, and the accompanying shoes.

2018 Shimano Saint pedals compared to prior generation pedal

Compared to the last generation (left), the new Saint pedals (on right) have a much larger platform, and they get just a hair thinner.

2018 Shimano Saint flat and SPD mountain bike pedals

A larger, more robust axle makes the new Saint flats stronger, even with this “cutout” design that shows more of the spindle. It’s an intentional feature, which helps them keep the stack height lower.

2018 Shimano Saint flat and SPD mountain bike pedals

The SPD version isn’t as large, but you can adjust tension and pin height. For the flats, you can adjust the pins or run shorter ones in the center to make it feel concave.

2018 Shimano Saint flat and SPD mountain bike pedals

On top is a side comparison of old versus new, with the SPD on the bottom.

2018 Shimano XT flat pedals for mountain biking

For more pedally bikes, the XT flats give you a lighter, smaller option without the overbuilt axle of Saint.

2018 Shimano XT flat pedals for mountain biking

2018 Shimano XT flat pedals for mountain biking

Two sizes are available, designed around shoe sizes. For a full description and specs on these, check out our launch coverage with stock photos from this summer’s announcement.

2018 SHIMANO GRAVEL & ROAD SHOES

2018 Shimano XC5 gravel road bike shoes

The new Shimano XC5 gravel bike shoes look interesting. They used laces to offer more adjustability, with a unique lace lock half way up that lets you have different tightness on the upper and lower parts of the shoe. Combine that with a wider toe box and tired dogs should be happy on long rides.

2018 Shimano XC5 gravel road bike shoes

2018 Shimano XC5 gravel road bike shoes

An oversized reflective heel cup is a nice touch, too, along with a dual toe bumper. We’re bringing a pair of these home from the show for review, so stay tuned for first impressions.

2018 Shimano RP9 road bike shoes

The new RP9 road shoes offer a top level road shoe that’s more than a $100 less than the premium S-Phyre models. They get a synthetic upper that’s water resistant and super light, creating a sub-$300 shoe that’s as light as most anything else out there.

2018 Shimano RP9 road bike shoes

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26 comments

  1. FFM on

    “Alright guys how are we going to tackle the rapidly expanding gravel segment?”
    “What about a true 1x drivetra–”
    “Shoes! Shoes it is.”

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  2. Kris on

    How do the new XT flat pedals compare to the old Saint pedals, size wise? I’m running the old saints but my feet do get sore at times on long descents, thinking the large platform size will help.

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  3. Mr Pink on

    Someone needs to remind these newbie (deleted) forum junkies that shimano was the first SPD shoe maker. Not their first rodeo (deleted)

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    • Seraph on

      Well duh of course they were the first SPD shoe maker, since SPD stands for “Shimano Pedaling Dynamics”. Other companies had been making clipless pedals and shoes for quite a while before Shimano though. Keep in mind that the clipless pedal was designed in the late 1800s. And yes Shimano has been around for a long time but only making SPDs since 1990.

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      • Chicken Bones on

        Jesus Mr Pink.
        Go ride or something.
        Maybe surf less, ride more. Or just maybe skip the comment section.

        Whatever you do, I hope folks around you add less angst to your day.

        -JCB

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    • FFM on

      Someone needs to remind these nebulous-point comment duders that the Wright brothers built the first airplane therefore any products they might’ve produced since then are still relevant you Boeing 777, Airbus adoring tug nutters.

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    • Shafty on

      Maybe below QBP or non-Shimano prices, but not below Shimano direct unless its previous generation. Can’t blame Shimano for other distributors pricing.

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      • FFM on

        You can find Shimano on Amazon for less than direct cost sometimes so be sure to head over to YouTube too and learn how to change flats since your bike shop might not stick around.

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      • Me on

        Shimano stuff is most definitely for sale on the nets for less than Shimano direct, and its the brand new just released stuff. Also, I wonder if the new XT pedals are compatible with my wide range 1x drivetrain? They actually may not be.

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