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Apparel > Accessories > Shoes > Gravel > Men's


Many gravel riders and racers are currently underserved in terms of footwear options. While riders will benefit from features found in mountain bike shoes, those shoes are typically overbuilt and heavier. With many road cyclists exploring gravel, their tastes in footwear drift towards road shoes with ultra-stiff soles delivering maximum pedaling efficiency. Shimano’s new RX801R is designed to meet all of these needs in a balanced shoe optimized for gravel, but also integrates a stretch knitted ankle cuff that prevents water, sand and debris from infiltrating down your sock and into the shoe. The cuff stretches enough for an easy on/off experience when the BOA system is relaxed. In all other ways, the RX801R is the same as the RX801.

The RX801R marries the top performance features of Shimano’s premium mountain bike and road racing footwear in a shoe that balances pedaling performance and off-the-bike capability. The result is a lightweight, stiff, walkable shoe that is ideal for gravel racers, gran fondo riders, and weekend warriors. The shoe features the technology and material package you expect from Shimano's upper echelon cycling footwear. The proven Dynalast shape for optimized toe-spring section, comfort and power. The supportive Heel Stabilizer cradles heel, prevents slipping. The Single Boa® IP1 with dual micro adjustment function allows quick, micro tension adjustments for mid and upper closure zones, which follow an anatomic cut and layout. The 20mm extended fore-aft cleat adjustment offers more SPD cleat position alignment flexibility. Anatomic supportive insoles vent and have antimicrobial properties. So, yes this a gravel shoe, but one that leans towards race performance with extra protection from the elements. To that end, the carbon composite outsole hits 10 out of 11 on the MTB-stiffness scale. The outsole carries the lightweight, abrasion-resistant TPU lugs which offer the best balance of pedaling performance and off the bike capability. All of that is complemented by the Surround Upper pattern which was developed to provide the perfect balance of holding power and absolute all day comfort. The design is similar to the XC5, but with higher quality materials.

In other words, the RX801R Gravel Shoe may well become a true all-rounder. It weighs about 20% less than the Sphyre XC9 mountain shoe, which really defines why the RX801 was developed. Walking in gravel happens, but not as much as in MTB, and generally in less challenging situations. It is a truly functional cycling shoe that leans to toward road or XC race performance, but can be walked in when necessary without worry. The subtle Metallic Orange colors features vivid inkjet printed graphics with a bold design, but a clean fresh statement. The RX801R delivers extra protection from the elements, in a lightweight build with Shimano's tremendous commitment to quality.

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  • Updated, lightweight performance gravel-oriented shoe with incredible fit, function
  • Differs from the standard RX801 by featuring a stretch knitted ankle cuff / gaiter to keep debris out and provide all-day comfort and protection from the elements in a broad range of riding conditions
  • Super stiff and lightweight carbon composite sole (10/11 on MTB scale)
  • Lightweight, abrasion-resistant TPU lugs for the best balance of pedaling performance and off the bike capability
  • Proven Dynalast shape for optimized toe-spring section, comfort and power
  • Heel Stabilizer cradles heel, offer support, prevents slipping, features edge protection at sole
  • Silvadur technology fights bacteria and reduces odor
  • Supple high-density synthetic leather/mesh with perforated venting for superior fit
  • Surround upper pattern provides the perfect balance of holding power and absolute all day comfort
  • Single Boa® IP1 with dual micro adjustment function allows quick, micro tension adjustments for mid and upper closure zones
  • Toe box/metatarsal zone closure and adjustment from single Velcro strap
  • Protection zone around toe wraps over carbon mid-sole edge
  • Extended fore-aft cleat adjustment- now 20mm on the shoe
  • SPD 2-bolt cleat pattern fits all MTB pedal systems
  • High density cup insole with adaptable arch pads
  • Anatomic supportive insole vents and has antimicrobial properties
  • Customer feedback indicates the RX801 has less effective vertical volume than other Shimano shoes of the same size. Length runs true to Shimano sizing
  • Sizes: 41-48 (full sizes available)
  • Colors: Metallic Orange (vivid inkjet printed graphics with bold design)
  • Weight: 287 grams per shoe (size 42)
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