The XC90s landed in BikeRadar‘s Australian headquarters back in September 2014. They’ve since ploughed through marathon races, hiked up countless rock ledges to find better camera angles and taken in a long walk home after double flatting a test bike with only half the required spares on hand.

Sitting as Shimano’s top-level off-road SPD race shoe, the XC90s boast a long list of features. They’re impressively stiff, while a customisable fit ensures high comfort for even the longest races. Where their sibling XC70s sit as an excellent lower priced option that delivers 95 percent of the performance, the XC90s are there for the XTR user seeking the best.

  • Highs: Super stiff, highly comfortable, heat malleable for ‘weird’ feet, grip in run-ups
  • Lows: High weight for this level of shoe
  • Buy if: You’re seeking an ultimately stiff and fast pair

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