Who should buy the Shimano MT301

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

Shimano MT301 Logo

Excellent grip and 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. Rubber treads are placed throughout the outsole to help keep the wearer upright and stable on smooth and slippery surfaces.

Shimano MT301 Outsole

Shimano MT301's cleat system

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.

Shimano MT301 Cleat system

Time-tested lockdown system

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. A garter lace loop is provided to keep the laces from flapping around and eliminate the possibility of being stuck in the bike's drive train.

Shimano MT301 Lace

A garter lace loop is provided to keep the laces from flapping around and eliminate the possibility of being stuck in the bike's drive train.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.5oz / Women 12oz
Use: Road, Casual
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Lace
Features: Lace Tucks, SPD, Recessed cleats
Material: Synthetic upper, Nylon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Shimano

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