Today Shimano has announced a limited edition trail shoe as well as matching XTR pedals to celebrate 25 years of SPD technology. Details inside from Shimano.
LIMITED EDITION SH-M200B TRAIL SHOE WITH MATCHING XTR-LEVEL SPD
PEDALS CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF SPD TECHNOLOGY
As part of its 25th anniversary SPD celebrations Shimano has released its second commemorative shoe and pedal combination of the year. Shimano’s new SH-M200 Blue Enduro/Trail shoe with matching blue XTR style PD-M990/M995 Trail or XC pedals continues the trend set by a revolutionary design in 1990.
Whilst some will look back on the pre-1990 days with nostalgia, for many it was the dark age of cycling apparel. The dawn of dayglow cycling fashion and the most rudimentary mountain bikes attracted only the bravest souls to the off-road world. So when Shimano launched its first PD-M737 SPD pedal and with compatible SH-M100 shoe for many it was an awakening moment. Allowing feet to be kept in contact with pedals across the roughest terrain suddenly meant a satisfying level of off-road racing was possible.
To celebrate that pivotal moment Shimano’s new limited-edition M200 Blue becomes the second top of the range M200 Enduro shoe (joining the black/white model), designed with a perfect blend of pedaling efficiency and added protection for riders to attack the trail uphill and revel in faster downhill descents.
It combines the light weight pedaling efficiency of an XC shoe with the durability, grip and armor that aggressive trail riders require.
Highlights of the SH-M200B include its rapid speed-lacing system, high protection element from its asymmetrical ankle collar, armored lace and toe shield, high-grip arch pad on the outsole and carbon fiber reinforced midsole with TORBAL torsional sections, low profile adjustment buckle and heel stabilizing design.
The SH-M200 blue is made with a synthetic leather upper, cushioned insole and variable density durable rubber outsole weighing 762g (size 40), available in sizes 40-48.
Meanwhile the new blue PD-M990 XC and PD-M995 Trail pedals continue a long line of winning foot retention systems. Beginning 25 years ago with the original M737 pedal and cleat, the much-loved design resulted in a system that is unique in its use by so many people and for so many different types of cycling and in so many conditions, not least in the demanding world of Enduro and All Mountain riding.
Fast forward through the intervening years and we see the PD-M990/PD-M995 blue pedals, corresponding with Shimano’s top-grade XTR mountain bike component category, allowing riders to tackle singletrack and technical descents with control and confidence.
Its wide pedal-to-shoe contact platform provides increased stability and control and protects the binding mechanism against impacts. Meanwhile a slimmer central chrome-moly spindle creates more space inside the pedal for greater mud-shedding.
Tipping the scales at just 310g and 379g respectively the PD-M990 and PD-M995 are the pedals of choice for many of the world’s best enduro and trail riders.
Both the SH-M200 Blue shoes and PD-M990/PD-M995 pedals will be available in extremely limited quantities. Items are expected in store by Aug 15.