Who should buy the Shimano RC701

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. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that is designed for racing and to support aggressive riders.
  • Need an ultra-stiff and lightweight sole that provides excellent energy transfer to help shave seconds off from every ride.
  • Need a shoe that features the Dynalast technology to reduce braking loss while pedaling.

Shimano RC701 Logo

Carbon fiber composite 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.

Shimano RC701 Carbon sole

Shimano Dynalast

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 and vented sole

Equipped with toe and heel rubber pads, the shoe allows the wearer to stand and walk short distances comfortably.

Shimano RC701 Walkable and 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

his 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.

Shimano RC701  Three-bolt cleat

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.

Breathable upper

Crafted from synthetic leather, the upper is perforated throughout to provide a soft and breathable fit. 

Shimano RC701 Upper

BOA L6 dials 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.

Shimano RC701 BOA Closures

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 of the RC701

The shoe is built with a heel securing system to prevent heel slips and keep the foot in place.

Shimano RC701 Insole

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.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8.6oz
Use: Road
Cleat design: 3 holes
Closure: BOA
Features: Breathable, Look Delta
Collection: Shimano Dynalast
Material: Synthetic, Carbon composite sole

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Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

Rhys is an expert in all things cycling and bicycles who at a young age pursued the dream of becoming a professional cyclist by racing for a French and then Belgian road racing team at the Elite level. He is heavily involved in the cycling scene and runs one of Australia’s highest-rated online bicycle parts stores. He’s THE expert when it comes to testing cycling shoes.