Who should buy the Giro Carbide R II

The Giro Carbide R II is an off-road shoe with roots coming from one of the brand’s classic XC models called Carbide. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that features updates in construction and materials to provide a better riding experience.
  • Need a shoe that has a synthetic fiber upper with mesh panels help reduce bulk and improve breathability. 
  • Need a shoe that has a classic velcro straps make adjusting easy without compromising efficiency.

Giro Carbide R II Logo

Excellent power transfer and superb grip

A co-molded nylon sole yields adequate stiffness for better power transfer and efficiency to forge onwards. With high-traction rubber lugs adorning the bottom of the shoe, an enhanced level of grip and feel of the terrain is provided.

Giro Carbide R II Outsole


Midfoot scuff guards are set on the outsoles to protect them from abrasions while off the bike and during clipping in and out of the pedals. This helps in prolonging the shoe’s lifespan and can withstand the worst wear and tear.

Giro Carbide R II Durable

This pair of shoes can be installed with additional toe spikes for extra traction in muddy trails. The spikes are sold separately.

Giro Carbide R II's cleat system

The Giro Carbide R II uses an SPD configuration. It is suitable for the following pedals: DMR V-Twin, Crank Brother Mallet E, and Shimano XTR M9020.

Giro Carbide R II cleat system

Well-ventilated and protective

With an upper made from high-quality, durable synthetic fiber punctuated with mesh panels, overheating will not be an issue.

Giro Carbide R II Upper
This shoe is crafted with a sturdy toe box and heel design to keep the wearer’s foot safe from bumps, strikes, and injuries. A classic three-strap retention system provides an easy and on-the-fly adjustment. It is lighter compared to cycling shoes with hardware for closures.

EVA footbed

The Carbide R II by Giro employs a die-cut ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) footbed for enhanced cushioning and pedaling comfort.

Giro Carbide R II EVA footbed

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 10.9oz
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Velcro
Features: Breathable, SPD, Recessed cleats
Material: Synthetic/Mesh upper, Carbon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Giro

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