Who should buy the Shimano GR500

Designed to withstand any ground, the GR500 sports durable synthetic uppers with mesh inserts for optimal comfort and excellent airflow. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that eliminates the need for cleats and clipping in, offering freedom of planting the foot whenever needed.
  • Need a shoe that has an adequately grippy rubber sole keeps the foot planted on the pedal and on slippery trails.

Shimano GR500 Logo

Adequate traction

The Shimano GR500’s outsole is crafted from rubber that is both durable and offers sufficient grip on pedal or ground.

Shimano GR500 outsole

Its tread design features two types: hexagonal shapes in the center part of the outsole, while rectangle-like patterns occupy the toe and heel areas. The former is designed to grip onto the pedal while the latter is engineered for ground contact.

Stiffness rate apt for downhill cycling

This pair measures a 2 in Shimano’s stiffness index rating. Although it is common knowledge in the cycling world that the stiffer the sole, the better the power transfer is, different biking endeavors call for an appropriate level of stiffness.

Shimano GR500 Stiff

The Shimano GR500’s low stiffness index is due to the activity it was designed for - Gravity riding. This specific type of cycling requires relatively more flexible soles to keep the wearer comfortable while traversing downhill terrains.

Shimano GR500 cleat system

This pair employs a flat outsole design. It provides the wearer with confidence and freedom to save themselves from falling by planting their feet whenever crucial. Some of the pedal models that are compatible with this shoe are Crank Brothers Stamp 7 Large LE, Burgtec Penthouse Mk4 Composite, and Race Face Chester.

Shimano GR500 Shimano GR500 cleat system

Durable synthetic leather upper

Crafted from durable synthetic leather upper with mesh inserts, the Shimano GR500 keeps the foot protected from scuffs and bumps while providing excellent airflow. Both the tongue and collar are well-padded for enhanced cushioning and comfort.

Shimano GR500 Durable synthetic leather upper

The shoe utilizes the traditional lace-up retention system. It provides a lockdown fit without pressure points.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 400g / Women 386g
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: Flat
Closure: Lace
Features: Breathable
Material: Synthetic/Mesh upper
BRAND Brand: Shimano

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