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93 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews
Roomy toebox, cleans very well, on-the-fly adjustments.
Great power transfer, excellent for long rides, price point is very reasonable, comfortable, BOA wires pops out.
The RC7 shoes look great and perform well for a do-everything shoe, despite a few drawbacks like the heel cup. And man, that swirly white finish looks super cool.
Although the RC7 is missing some of the bells and whistles that the top-tier Shimano shoes have, like choice of colors, moldable uppers and insoles, all in all, this is a great shoe that impressed us with its comfort, stiffness and overall performance.
Shimano’s lower priced RC7 Boa-closed shoes are comfortable, light and stiff, but you may need to size up.
Updated mid-range road shoes get a tidier design – and hold firmly to excellent comfort and performance
The Shimano RC7 is engineered as a road cycling shoe. The version in review as of this writing is the 2019 variant. This adaptation has gained dials and lost the former’s Velcro strap. Remaining true to its roots, it is still designed for racing and to support aggressive riders.
Formed with an ultra-stiff and lightweight sole, the RC7 provides excellent energy transfer that helps shave seconds off from every ride. The combination of the BOA dials and the adjustable Powerzone wire guide work in conjunction to hold the foot securely. It also features the brand’s Dynalast technology to reduce braking loss while pedaling.
Adequately stiff, lightweight sole. This shoe is crafted with a carbon fiber composite sole. It has a stiffness index of 10 out of a scale of 12. Riders are treated with sufficient rigidity for excellent power transfer with every pedal stroke.
Patented shoe last design that promotes smoother and energy-saving pedal strokes. This pair employs the brand’s signature shoe last design called the Shimano Dynalast. It is engineered with an optimized toe-spring section for lesser tension in every pedal. This technology is created based on the feedback received from pro riders. It ultimately helps reduce energy loss which is crucial for the final sprint to the line.
Walkable traction. Equipped with toe and heel rubber pads, the shoe allows the wearer to stand and walk short distances comfortably.
Vented sole. A screened ventilation hole is strategically placed on the shoe’s sole. It works in conjunction with the shoe’s perforated upper. This combination allows air to flow in and keeps the foot comfortable and dry even in the hot weather.
Three-bolt cleat design with sole markings. This pair is compatible with all three-hole road pedals. Outsole markings are provided to help the wearer remember their cleat placement. As for the pedals, try the following models: Shimano Ultegra 8000, Garmin Vector 3, Time Xpro10, Look Keo 2 Max, and many more.
Wider cleat adjustment. The Shimano RC7 cycling shoe employs a total of 22 mm cleat adjustment. The outsole offers an 11 mm adjustment while Shimano's SPD-SL cleat system provides an added 11 mm. A more comprehensive cleat adjustment delivers rider confidence due to the best possible cleat position.
Supple and highly-ventilated upper. Crafted from synthetic leather, the upper is perforated throughout to provide a soft and breathable fit.
Quick and tested closure system. The Shimano RC7 features two BOA L6 dials for its closure. It is preferred for its easy, on-the-fly adjustments while on the bike. It also reduces pressure points, no matter how tight the fastening is. To tighten, the dial should be turned and should be pulled for quick release.
For the BOA in the forefoot, it works in unison with Powerzone wire guides to keep it secure, while the top part of the foot uses a strap in conjunction with the other BOA dial.
Heel stabilizer. The shoe is built with a heel securing system to prevent heel slips and keep the foot in place.
The Shimano RC7 cycling shoe utilizes adaptable cup insoles. This footbed is said to shape after the wearer’s foot to provide optimal support no matter the foot shape.
- Perforations throughout the upper and a vented pocket in the outsole contribute to keeping the foot comfortable and dry during the hot weather.
- Padded collar and footbed work together to provide excellent in-step comfort.
- This cycling footwear is also known as the SH-RC701 and Shimano RC701.