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Shimano unveils special edition R321B custom fit shoes

Shimano R321B Tour de France edition
Jordan Gibbons
29 May 2015

New colours and extra cleat adjustment for the Tour de France special edition R321B.

As well being the biggest annual sporting event in the world, the Tour de France is also a media circus so it’s quite common for brands to launch special editions there.  Shimano have struck whilst the iron is still heating, by launching their special edition R321B before the Giro is even over.

So what’s changed over last years R321? Well we’d hazard a guess that the B stands for blue, which is Shimano’s colour, but the main thing really is that the shoe now offers more fore – aft cleat adjustment (22mm) compared to the standard model (11mm). Personally I’ve never really struggled with getting the correct cleat position, although I tend to favour having them quite far forwards, although I know quite a few people who struggle to get them far enough back. Other than that the sole remains the same cross-carbon weave as the standard R321, so it’s an update we’d like to see carried on into next years model.

Shimano R321B carbon sole

The rest of the shoe is the same, so it shares the stretch resistant Teijin Avail upper as well as the custom fit elements of the R321. The special edition will debut at the Tour on the feet of approximately 40 pro riders from various teams including this years Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb.

Available from June in sizes 40-46, the claimed weight for a size 40 pair is 489g. UK pricing hasn’t be announced yet but we’d guess they’ll be around the same price as the current models RRP of £299.99


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