Shimano Announces New Gravity and All-Mountain Footwear & Pedals

by Brian Mullin on June 5, 2017

Athertons Team Up with Shimano for Launch of New Gravity and All-Mountain Footwear & Pedals

New top-level All-Mountain and Gravity Lines Offer SPD- and Flat- Pedal Options; First-Ever Shimano Women’s Gravity Shoe

Shimano has just announced a slew of new shoes and pedals oriented towards the gravity crowd. The new SPD shoes include the flagship All-Mountain SH-AM901 and price point SH-AM701 which can both be used with the SPD SAINT PD-M820. For flat pedaling, there is the top-level SH-GR900 and the price point  SH-GR700 shoes, and for pedals, they’ll have the trick SAINT PD-M828, DEORE XT PD-M8040 and affordable PD-GR500. I like the look and robustness of the SAINT PD-M820 SPD pedal along with its counterpart the All-Mountain SH-AM901.

Press Release

FORT WILLIAM, SCOTLAND (June 5th, 2017) – Riders competing in top level enduro and World Cup level downhill require optimal grip, balance, comfort, and stability from pedaling platforms – all guidelines SHIMANO used as the directive for the new Gravity and All-Mountain footwear and pedals that the company announced today.

New Shimano 2018 Footwear and Pedals

  • Footwear: SH-AM901, SH-AM701, SH-GR900, SH-GR700, SH-GR700W
  • Pedals: SAINT SPD PD-M820, SAINT PD-M828, DEORE XT PD-M8040, PD-GR500

With more than 25 years of experience developing cycling footwear and pedals together as a system, SHIMANO has unmatched insight into what mountain bikers need. Each shoe and pedal system is developed to meet the unique demands of the specific riding style, taking into account everything from the shape of the last, to the amount of flex, to the tread on the outsole. Beyond its engineering capabilities, SHIMANO develops and tests with some of the world’s best riders to ensure the highest performance to power your pedals.

New SPD Footwear for Demanding Tracks and Fast Splits

The flagship All-Mountain SH-AM901 shoe is designed for Downhill and Enduro riding and racing.  The revised upper featuring an armored lace shield and asymmetrical padded ankle collar with sidewall sole, offers greater protection while absorbing less water and offering quicker drying times than previous models. The additional molded toe cover offers protection while the Speed Lacing System further improves adjustability in all weather conditions.

The ultra-grippy, high traction rubber outsole makes walking easier and is designed to offer an optimal interface with the pedals. Best paired with the new SAINT PD-M820 SPD pedal, a channel on the sole behind the cleat creates a stable pedal connection when clipped out.

Following the SH-AM901 is the SH-AM701, also an SPD-only shoe. Unlike the SH-AM901 the SH-AM701 forgoes the lace shield, offers a harder sole and uses an ankle gaiter to keep out debris and offer protection. The SH-AM701 also comes in a super loud lime green option to stand out on the trail.

Specs

  • SH-AM901
    • Weight: 400g (Per shoe, Size 42)
    • MSRP: $150.00
  • SH-AM701
    • Weight: 408g (Per shoe, Size 42)
    • MSRP: $130

Shimano Footwear Technology with the Freedom of Flat Pedals

Completely new for 2018 are two dedicated Gravity shoes. The top-level SH-GR900 shares many of the premium protection attributes of the SH-AM901, such as the asymmetric raised ankle collar, armo­­red lace shield, and molded toe cap, but the difference comes with the SHGR900’s simplified sole construction. Not only do riders get a superb grip and improved walkability from the all-new Michelin rubber outsole but the GR900 is 35g lighter than the AM901. The SH-GR900 is best paired with the new SAINT SH-M828 flat pedals.

Much like the All-Mountain lineup, the gray/green or blue SH-GR700 ditches the armored lace shield for increased heat ventilation and the aesthetic of a multi-purpose shoe. The SH-GR700 is also available in a dedicated women’s version (SH-GR700W) with women’s specific sizing.

Specs

  • SH-GR900
    • Weight: 365g (Per shoe, Size 42)
    • MSRP: $150
  • SH-GR700 (women’s)
    • Weight: 366g (Per shoe, Size 42)
    • MSRP: $130
  • SH-GR700W
    • Weight: 366g (Per shoe, Size 42)
    • MSRP: $130

Pedals

Shimano’s revised Gravity pedals feature one SAINT-level SPD option and three flat pedal options at SAINT and DEORE XT levels, as well as a non-series option. All are designed to fit perfectly and offer an optimum pedaling connection with Shimano´s Gravity and All-Mountain footwear.

 

The SAINT PD-M820 is one-half of Shimano’s most advanced Downhill and Enduro-specific pedals offering ultimate bike control, contact, grip, and durability with SPD efficiency and stability.

The PD-M820’s wide alloy body is system engineered to match perfectly with the SH-AM901 shoe providing a very solid pedal/shoe interface. The double-sided durable alloy pedal body protects the SPD mechanism from impacts whilst the low profile design lowers the stack height and the weight. Four adjustable pins per side offer grip when you’re not clipped in.

For those who prefer flat pedals, the SAINT PD-M828 is strong and durable with an eight-sided concave platform pedal, offering excellent grip and support. Twelve stainless steel pins per side (optional 3.5mm or 5mm) deliver the aggressive downhill or free-rider the ideal balance of connection to the bike and pedaling stability, with the best balance of weight and durability across riding conditions.

The DEORE XT PD-M8040 delivers flat pedal performance for trail riders. Offered in two sizes—small-medium (shoe size recommendation 36-44) or medium-large (shoe size recommendation 43-48)—it is designed to deliver optimal support and rider-tuned performance. With 10 pins on either side and a slightly concave design for comfort and efficiency, these Trail and Enduro pedals offer the legendary off-road performance associated with Deore XT. Sold with optional 3.5mm pins or 5mm pins.

Lastly, the PD-GR500 builds on the strong reputation of its predecessor (PD-MX80) as a Shimano-branded durable flat pedal for entry-level Trail and All-Mountain riding. The PD-500 features height-adjustable pins, low-maintenance sealed cartridge bearing Chromoly axles and is available in black or silver options.

Specs

  • PD-M820
    • Weight: 570g (Pair, w/pins and washers)
    • MSRP: $160
  • PD-M828
    • Weight: 493g (Pair, w/shorter pins)
    • MSRP: $180.00
  • PD-M8040
    • Weight: 460g (SM)/ 503g (ML)
    • MSRP: $100
  • PD-GR500
    • Weight: 533g (Pair)
    • MSRP: $80

 

About Shimano American Corporation

Shimano American Corporation, a member of Global Team Shimano, along with its world-renowned subsidiaries, offers consumers outstanding sport-related products and apparel. Shimano is proud of its staff, diversity in talent, interests, and backgrounds. The company is an ISO14001 certified business where environmental compliance and continual improvements are part of the business philosophy and operations.

 

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