Coinciding with the first day of, Shimano has just sent through its massive 133 page 2018 catalogue, and it’s rammed full of a huge amount of new road, mountain and urban riding clothing, accessories and shoes.
Luckily, BikeRadar is here to do the heavy lifting for you. We’ve spent the day digging through the extensive range to find the hottest new kit from the Japanese giant for 2018.
2018 Shimano clothing
2018 Shimano Evolve kitThe new Evolve jersey is available in four different colours
Evolve is a new premium line from for 2018. It draws inspiration from the brand’s top-end S-Phyre kit, using the same bonded seam construction and similarly understated designs and high-quality materials throughout.The shorts are available in black or navy
At first glance, the kit appears to be nicely finished, with Shimano claiming that wide “ribbon style shoulder straps” and “gripper-free hems provide comfort” in a lightweight package.The Evolve range is covered with reflective highlights
The kit is also peppered with little reflective highlights that are said to improve visibility in low light conditions.
In line with a growing understanding of the dangers that riding all day in the cooking-hot sun poses, the Evolve is UPF 50+ rated.
The Evolve jersey is available in navy, black, blue or beech, with matching also available. The bib are available in either black or navy.
2018 Shimano S-Phyre kit
A look through the catalogue doesn’t reveal anything new for Shimano’s premium S-Phyre kit, but if you’re keen to learn more about these snazzy threads, you can check out our earlier overview of the range below.
2018 Shimano Climber’s jerseyThe Climber's jersey is solely focussed on dumping excess heat
Similar to Castelli’s and Rapha’s respective ‘Climber’s’ jerseys, the Shimano Climber’s jersey (can we think of a new name for lightweight jerseys, please?) is constructed from a superlight, “air diffusing 2-way stretch fabric” that is optimised to dump excess heat and maximise airflow.
No claimed weights are given, but we can tell you the jersey comes in blue, yellow and white.
2018 Shimano Breakaway jerseyThe Breakaway kit is designed to be used for training and everyday riding
The Breakaway jersey is a more training-oriented option, with its 4-way stretch fabric cut into a more casual fit.Feeling bold? Go camo
The jersey is available in a handsome grey/pink or navy colour scheme or, if you flirt with on-trendness, a very-lairy-indeed neon blue or lime camo. Sick.
2018 Shimano Explorer kitThe new Explore range is designed for adventure riding We like the look of these technical T-shirts
The new Explorer lineup is aimed at the broad ‘adventure’ market, with a more casual fit and look.A collared cycling jersey? We're not so sure
The lineup also includes the slightly unusual looking Transit Polo — urban style clothing for kids 2018 this is the first collared cycling jersey we’ve seen in quite some time and we’re certainly on the fence with this one.
2018 Shimano footwear
Shimano XC5 shoesThe XC5 is an all-new gravel shoe from Shimano
Clearly aimed at the gravel/shred-venture market, the XC5 shoes are a brand new addition to the Shimano lineup.
Somewhat unusually for Shimano, the shoes use good old fashioned laces. Shimano usually prefers velcro, Boa dials or ratchet straps for its clipless shoes, for a little while now.
The shoes use the same Michelin sole that is used on a lot of Shimano’s other shoes. The shoes also feature toe-spike mounts, so if you’re partial to a little bit of cyclocross racing, these should be a good option.The grey and pink woman's XC5 shoe ties in well with the rest of the range
The shoes are available in either black and orange or white and orange, with the woman’s XC5 shoes coming in a rather nice grey and fluro pink colour combo.
Shimano CT5 urban shoesThe CT5 is Shimano's new urban shoe
Keen to capitalise on the ever-growing urban market, Shimano has introduced the skate-shoe styled CT5 urban shoe.
Built around a “shock absorbing EVA mid-sole”, the shoes are optimised for all-day wear and use with Shimano’s CLICK’R pedals.
For those that don’t know, CLICK’R is essentially a regular SPD system that is easier to get in and out of and has found favour with some urban and beginner riders.It's also available in a woman's fit
The shoes are available in navy, black, olive and orange for the men's shoes and navy, black or mint for women.
Shimano SH-SD5 sandalsYes, you can still get SPD sandals
Yes, it’s 2017 and Shimano is still producing SPD sandals.
Perhaps the ol’ SPD sandal is going to be one of these things that are eventually embraced by -savvy hipsters and become cool one day? Stranger things...
2018 Shimano gravity shoes
There’s a whole bunch of new downhill and enduro kicks from Shimano — alongside some really interesting flat and clipless pedals — but back in June.
2018 Shimano RP9 road shoeThe range topping RT9 has been slimmed down for 2018
Most of the shoes in Shimano’s RP road shoe range has seen a refresh, losing the multiple velcro and single ratchet strap retention system in favour of a simple, single BOA dial and/or velcro strap arrangement.
The RP9 tops the range, featuring a synthetic microfibre synthetic leather upper, a lightweight carbon sole that measures 10 on the stiffness scale and a claimed weight of 224g in a size 42.
The RP9 uses a simple BOA IP1 dial and single velcro strap at the front of the shoe for retention.
2018 Shimano RP5 road shoeThe RT5 has had a similar treatment to the RT9
The RP5 shares much of the same features as the RP9, but is said to be a more “affordable high-performance shoe… for the aspiring rider”.
The RP5s see a slight downgrade to a L6 Boa dial, with the shoes coming in a touch heavier at 275g in a size 42. The sole is also slightly more flexible, measuring 8 on the stiffness index.
2018 Shimano RP1 road shoeThe RP1 looks amazing for an entry level shoe
Lastly, the entry level RP1 is a simpler affair overall, using two velcro straps and a glass fiber reinforced sole to keep costs down.
Despite the lower cost, the shoes are impressively light at a claimed 255g for a size 42 — that’s only 30g more than the RP9!
2018 Shimano sunglassesThese new technical shades were developed together with LottoNL-Jumbo
Shimano has introduced eight new models of sunglasses for 2018, with the Spark and Aerolite co-developed over the last season in collaboration with riders.We love the look of these throwback shades
While the more technical oriented glasses may look cool, we’re particularly fond of the amazingly 80’s-Euro-ish Meteor shades.
2018 Shimano backpacks
Shimano Tokyo urban daypackThe Tokyo backpack has grown in size and got a new colour for 2018
The has grown in size and is now available in a very handsome, 23l desert camo version.
This trendy rolltop number has all the straps and ladder-stitch webbing that you could ever want and we suspect it’ll be coveted by trendy cycle-commuters the world over.
If camo isn’t your bag (sorry), the Tokyo is also available in black, grey, melange purple and melange navy.
Shimano Rokko backpackThe Rokko is the brand's lightweight road and mountain touring backpack
The Rokko is an all new, super simple rucksack design from Shimano and is aimed squarely at the “road and mountain touring” crowd.
The Rokko features a “ holder, sculpted air mesh back panels and a zippered waist belt pocket” and is available in 8, 12 and 16l versions.
Shimano 2018 clothing, backpacks, shoes and sunglasses availability
The full range is on show at, with footwear due to land in stores by late 2017 and everything else due in early 2018.
Pricing is to be confirmed. We’ll update this article once we have this info.
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