Nike has unveiled a new range of indoor cycling shoes, designed to offer 'stability and breathability' for those pedalling in a static position.
Cycling shoes are nothing new for Nike, the brand has made kicks for the likes of Mark Cavendish and Laura Kenny in the past. However, the new Nike SuperRep Cycle is the brand's first foray into indoor cycling footwear, and it's honed in on the need for a firm grasp on the foot to cater for out of the saddle efforts.
Out the saddle riding is particularly common in spin classes, where different muscle groups are used with extended periods of standing pedaling (occasionally accompanied by arm movements!).
The shoes provide a support arc on the medial side, specifically to provide security during exercises like 'Figure 8s' - a spin class go-to where riders move their hips to draw the number when out of the saddle.
For traditional cyclists training on a turbo, this extra support might be more welcomed during sprint efforts, such as those required for the 'CW5000 max watts' May challenge.
A focus has also been placed on breathability, with a lightweight, translucid mesh on the upper, coupled with a perforated sockliner and vents through the bottom of the plate to enable better airflow around the toes.
Rubber studs and a textured plate have been added to provide grip when off the bike, with a 3 bolt system though no grid to aid cleat fitting. Global release is expected in June, with pricing still be be announced.
Nike is not the first brand to offer an indoor specific shoe. Back in August last year, Shimano unveiled a two product family.
The Shimano range includes the IC5 - which is targeted at those after something very much like a standard shoe, but with added breathability; and the IC3. The latter looks much more like a trainer, and has recessed cleats - making it a better choice for those walking to and from spin classes at the gym (post lockdown!). Both options come in at £99.99, in sizes 36-44.
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is Cycling Weekly's Tech Editor, and is responsible for managing the tech news and reviews both on the website and in Cycling Weekly magazine.
A traditional journalist by trade, Arthurs-Brennan began her career working for a local newspaper, before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining writing and her love of bicycles first at Total Women's Cycling and then Cycling Weekly.
When not typing up reviews, news, and interviews Arthurs-Brennan is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 190rt.
She rides bikes of all kinds, but favourites include a custom carbon Werking road bike as well as the Specialized Tarmac SL6.
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