Tired of getting bits of gravel and sand in your shoes when things get a bit loose? So was Shimano Soft-Goods Product Manager, Jessie Gascon. Inspired by a local ride on the Trabuco Creek Trail, the new Shimano RX8 Rally adds a knit ankle cuff to keep debris out of your shoes.
For those wanting a more traditional gravel race shoe, the existing RX8 has been improved with more sizes, a new BOA system, and more. All photos c. Bikerumor unless otherwise specified Ankle Protection, or Not
Essentially, the RX801 (RX8) and RX801R are the same shoes, just with the ‘R’ version adding the knit ankle cuff. If you haven’t figured it out already, that ‘R’ stands for Rally.
The knit cuff is sewn into the shoe, and has no adjustment – but it’s stretchy enough to slip on and then cinch down over your ankle. There is a pull loop on the back and a small tab on the front to help get them on, though it certainly takes a bit of wiggling to get your foot inside.
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I find the cuff to be fairly tight initially, though I expect it to break in over time.
L to R: Black, Tropical Leaves, Silver, photos c. Shimano New RX8 Shoe Platform Both shoes are built on the existing RX8 gravel shoe platform, though with numerous updates. Most of those updates are focused on the upper, which is still made from synthetic leather and includes inkjet printed graphics – from mild with […]