Interbike 2017 – Shimano Gravity and All-Mountain Footwear and Pedals

by Brian Mullin on October 18, 2017

For the coming 2018 season, Shimano was displaying the new SPD shoes include the flagship All-Mountain SH-AM9 and price point SH-AM7 which can both be used with the rugged SPD SAINT PD-M820 which has pins for grip. For flat pedaling, there is the top-level SH-GR9 and the price point  SH-GR7 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-AM9.


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 while the low profile design lowers the stack height and the weight. Four adjustable pins per side offer grip when you’re not clipped in. They weigh 570 grams and will retail for $160.


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.  They weigh 493 grams and retail for $180.


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 ten 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. They weigh 460 grams for the SM size and 503 grams for the ML, and they retail for $100.


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. They weigh 533 grams and will retail for $80.


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 protects 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. The weigh around 400 grams per shoe and retail for $160.


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 provide protection. The SH-AM701 also comes in a super loud lime green option to stand out on the trail. They weigh 408 grams per shoe and retail for $130.


The top-level SH-GR900 flat pedal shoe 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. They weigh around 365 grams and retail for $150.


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. They weigh around 366 grams and retail for $130.


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