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Who is it for? The Shimano MT301 is a cycling shoe recommended to individuals who want to try going clipless for the first time. It is also suitable for people who are looking for the following characteristics in their footgear:
- Lace-up MTB shoes
- Recessed cleat area
- Flexible soles with enough power transfer
- Sneaker-like comfort
What is it for? This pair can be used for these cycling ventures:
- Recreational road and off-road biking
- Urban commutes
- Indoor cycling
Enough power transfer. The MT301 mountain bike shoe utilizes Shimano's glass fiber reinforced shank plate. It governs stiffness for pedaling efficiency. This sole is rated 4 out of 12 in the brand's stiffness index chart.
Grip. Rubber treads are placed throughout the outsole to help keep the wearer upright and stable on smooth and slippery surfaces.
The Shimano MT301 features the traditional MTB SPD two-bolt cleat design. It is compatible with these pedals: Shimano XTR M9100, Xpedo GFX, and Look Cycle X-Track En-Rage Plus.
The cleat area comes with a screw-on plate that covers the system. This makes the shoe functional as a flat MTB shoe as well. If you choose to use it as a flat bike shoe, then these are the suitable pedal models: Deity T-Mac, E*Thirteen Base, and Burgtec MK4 Composite.
Classic styling. The MT301's classic look is predominantly thanks to its traditional lace-up closure. It gives off an old-school aesthetic. Apart from its looks, the lace-up is also a time-tested lockdown system, keeping the foot in place while dynamic pedaling.
Comfort. The one-piece perforated synthetic upper provides a comfortable snug fit without pressure points and hot spots. The seamless construction also enhances overall durability and eliminates unnecessary weight. Mesh lining encases the foot comfortably.
Lace loop. A garter lace loop is provided to keep the laces from flapping around and eliminating the possibility of being stuck in the bike's drive train.
This pair's older sibling is the MT300. The technical features of both shoes are primarily the same. However, there are a few minor differences. The MT301 features a more minimal upper design, while the MT300 has a heel loop tab for easier on and off. The Shimano MT300 also displays a more aggressive tread design than the MT300.