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RC701 Road Shoe Sole

Shimano RC701 Road Shoe

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Shimano’s RC701 Road Shoe is built for competition with its light yet rigid carbon fiber composite sole, supple high-density synthetic leather with perforated venting that conforms to the foot yet breathes, and its optimized Dynalast toe-spring section that promotes a smoother, more energy-efficient upstroke.

Features & Specs:

  • Ultra-rigid, lightweight carbon fiber composite sole.
  • Fatigue-fighting Dynalast toe-spring section.
  • Supple high-density synthetic leather with perforated venting..
  • Micro-adustable dual independent Boa® L6 dials.
  • Adjustable powerzone wire guide.
  • Combined fore and aft cleat-adjustment range of 22mm.
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Reviewed 4/29/2019
by East Bay Cyclist
Cycling Enthusiast
SF Bay Area
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Roomy and well ventilated

I've always worn Shimano cycling shoes because they offer a nice size toe box for me, not that I have big toes but they have always been roomier than say SIDI for example. The RC7's are spot on, plus they seem well ventilated for those hot summer rides coming up. Not the stiffest sole I've experienced, but great for me. Lightweight carbon sole and of very comfortable. I love the twin BOA dials for getting a snug fit. The shoe last seems to be the same as previous models so I bought my usual size (46) without any worry.

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Reviewed 4/25/2019
by Eric
Cycling Enthusiast
Southern Colorado
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Nice shoes!

These are my first try of a shoe with the BOA dial system. My other shoes are entry level with velcro closures- not bad but was wondering what the improvement in a nicer shoe would bring to the riding experience.

There are definite differences. The new shoes feel a bit lighter than the old, I like the BOA and the snugness of the fit, the soles are very stiff and it feels like an actual improvement in power transfer, especially out of the saddle.

The cons it's difficult to get them on, and they chafe a bit above the heel the back of the shoe. I'm thinking this will improve as they break in with use.

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Reviewed 2/18/2019
by Anonymous
Competitive Racer
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amazing shoe!

I love this design. I love the twisty thingies and didn't want new shoes to have velcro. This was the verdict. Slick in looks, design, and function. I can get my foot snug. I would probably do a half size smaller next time, but I will definitely buy again

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 1/12/2018
by HK
Cycling Enthusiast
Seattle
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9 of 10 customers found this review helpful.
Best Road Shoe with most Cleat Position Adjustability

I initially bought a pair of SIDI Genius 7 road shoes since I have only used SIDI for my mountain biking and found them to be very comfortable. The SIDI Genius were exceptional except for one problem- The Cleat adjustment in the sole did not allow me to place the Cleats far enough backwards. I wanted the place the cleats as far back to allow proper alignment on the pedal. Most carbon soles only have 3 holes without any fore-aft adjustments.

After a lot of research and most of all, the expert help from BTD staff, they directed me to the Shimano SH-RC7 road shoes. As others have mentioned, they are

-Super comfortable from day one

-Very adjustable with the dial system

-Very stiff Carbon sole

-Very light weight- lighter than the SIDI genius

The biggest advantage for me was the Fore-Aft adjustment on the Carbon Sole. It allows you to adjust the cleat placement a lot more than many other carbon sole shoes. If you want to place your cleats farther back for more power transfer, then this shoe will allow you to do this.

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 10/8/2018
by Brian
Blaine WA
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Very satisfied

I have been wearing Shimano shoes at this price point for 15 years. These are definitley the best version yet.

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 4/8/2017
by FJ
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Awesome pair of shoes!

Comfortable, light well built carbon shoes. Great value for the money. I got about 1,000 miles on them and they feel great. Big fan of the BOA system.

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 3/27/2018
by Zues Duval
Los Angeles,Ca
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3 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
My 1st pair

I bought this pair just before Thanksgiving last year. I'm happy to say that they are spot on in comfort, fit, and durabilty. They are light weight and the soles allow for adjustable placements of the cleats. The boa dial is neat and with a twist you may adjust the fit to your needs. I especially like that with just a pull on the boa dial it releases it's tension and you slide your foot easily out of the shoe. Or you may reset the tension should you require a loose fit.Unfortunately I have no experience with other shoes so my opinion is biased. But,rest assured that if this were to be your first road shoes purchase, I'm sure you'd buy these shoes again.My humble opinion of course.

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 2/26/2018
by Fuelfool
Competitive Racer
Pisgah National Forest, NC
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Great value

Bought these for my wife. We both wear the mtb version off road. Great fit and plenty stiff. I sense zero flex for my 185lbs. My only quibble is that they didnt put the cats-tongue fabric on the heal of the RC as they did on the XC version.

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 1/12/2018
by JD Pinilla
Cycling Enthusiast
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0 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Good looks but delicate

Good looks but delicate

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 4/8/2017
by FJ
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Awesome pair of shoes!

Comfortable, light, well built carbon shoes. Great value for the money. I got about 1,000 miles on them and they feel great. Big fan of the BOA system.

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Reviewed 1/2/2019
by Rick
Cycling Enthusiast
Orem, Utah
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Very nice shoe for the price

These are light, comfortable, stiff and really do the job. They might not be on the highest end of the shoe war but I doubt you'd notice much difference if any against the bigger dollar shoe. Super glad I pulled the trigger to buy them. You really cannot go wrong with them. I ended up with about 12 size larger for better fit.

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Reviewed 1/17/2019
by Anonymous
Florida
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Excellent shoe

Excellent shoe for all seasons in Florida. The right amount of stiffness and very light. Becoming my go to shoe.

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 8/2/2018
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
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2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Nice riding shoe, Uppers scuff after few rides

Very nice looking riding shoe, which look great out of the box. Perfect summer shoe. Fit my foot really well. Downside is that the graphics start rubbing of the synthetic upper when you clip as you flick the pedal over to clip in.

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 3/30/2018
by Anonymous
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Fantastic road shoe at a reasonable price.

Immediate impact on my performance. This shoe has a design that seems to promote proper technique while maintaining comfort. My average speed has increased by 1 mph. Love the design, the uppers are a little hard at first, but after a few rides the shoe breaks in nicely.

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 8/27/2018
by Anonymous
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Good road shoe

Great fit. Light weight. I would recommend

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 9/4/2017
by Trevor
Cycling Enthusiast
Texas
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Comfortable and stylish, too much volume in toe for my foot.

I really like the shoe style, comfort, stiffness and price. The toe has too much volume for my foot . I will have to try alternative foot beds to get it just right.

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 8/14/2017
by Anonymous
Daily Commuter
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Super comfortable, stiff sole for max power transfer. Light weight for riding and racing. With Boa adjust while riding.

Use it for my daily commute. Climbing has become easy with lot of power transfer.

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 8/8/2017
by Ron Bridges
Cycling Enthusiast
Germantown TN
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Great shoes for the price

These have quickly become my favorite pair of bike shoes

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 5/17/2017
by Jeff
Competitive Racer
Bend, OR
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5 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
I have a very average foot and Shimano soes fit me real well, I've been happy with the shoe.

I use this shoe for my triathlons that I do. I like the quick tightening and loosening feature of the Boa. I prefer this shoe over triathlon specific shoes because it is stiffer. The only very slight drawback that I have encountered is putting on rain, cold weather and aero booties. My booties fit quite tight and tend to pull up and release the Boa system when I'm putting the booties on and off.

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Review for Shimano SH-RC7 Road Shoe
Reviewed 5/17/2017
by Jeff
Competitive Racer
Bend, OR
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1 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
I have a very average foot and Shimano soes fit me real well, I've been happy with the shoe.

I use this shoe for my triathlons that I do. I like the quick tightening and loosening feature of the Boa. I prefer this shoe over triathlon specific shoes because it is stiffer. The only very slight drawback that I have encountered is putting on rain, cold weather and aero booties. My booties fit quite tight and tend to pull up and release the Boa system when I'm putting the booties on and off.

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