Shimano’s ME7 and ME5 shoes are popular sights on the trails, start lines and after-ride cafés around the place, so for 2021 Shimano decided not to change too much, but to tweak both the ME7 and ME5 shoes to give a bit more grip and foot security.
2021 Shimano ME7 (ME702)
The Shimano ME7 features for 2021 (they’ll be out September/October time) include:
- A “NEW MICHELIN® high-performance, dual-density rubber outsole to offer superior traction with unmatched durability, stability, and slip resistance”
- A NEW low-profile, reverse mount buckle tucked away from obstacles to securely hold the foot
- Lightweight pedaling efficiency plus the durability, grip, and armor that aggressive trail riders need
- Perforated synthetic leather upper optimizes comfort, fit and breathability
- Neoprene stretchable ankle collar offering additional protection from trail debris
- Sealed cleat area to keep water out (Yay!)
- Torsional “TORBAL” midsole to allow for natural rider ‘flow’ during downhill descents
- Volume+ last with extra toe-box volume to accommodate comfort in wider range of foot shapes without affecting shoe length. Enables ultra-wide range of feet sizes in sizes 38-50. (Though we’re not sure which sizes Madison will be bringing in)
- Weight: 400g (size 42), Stiffness: 8/12, Sizing: 38, 39, 40, 41-46 (half sizes), 47, 48, 49, 50. (See previous points about whether we’ll see the full range as importers often skip the extreme small and XXXL sizes – if you’re at either end of that scale, shout in the comments!)
So, really, not a huge amount has changed on this shoe, the buckle has changed direction and there’s the new Michelin sole (that we thought it had anyway…. but that’s the XC501) though a wider last will be welcome if that’s the case. Availability: From September 2020 onwards.
2021 Shimano ME5 (ME502)
The ME5 features include:
- NEW single Boa® L6 dial for quick and precise micro-adjustment plus closure cap to prevent accidental release during collisions
- Dedicated trail performance shoe combining excellent stiffness for pedaling with off the bike traction.
- Reinforced armor provides great protection and excellent durability
- Proprietary SHIMANO grippy rubber compound outsole offering superior traction in wet conditions
- Torsional “TORBAL” midsole to allow for natural rider ‘flow’ motion during downhill descents.
- Weight: 362g (size 42), Stiffness: 6/12, Sizes: 38-50
And the prices. According to Madison, the 2021 Shimano ME7 will be: £179.99 and the ME5 will be £139.99 and they’ll be available in bike shops and from Freewheel from September-ish…
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