Published on February 17th, 2012 | by James Tennant0
Shimano XC50N mountain bike shoe review
New for 2012, the Shimano XC50N is a mesh free, off-road bred cycling shoe, perfect for trail, cross country (XC) and cyclocross use.
The Shimano XC50n is constructed with a reinforced nylon sole which proves to be ridged but still allows a bit of flex. The result is a shoe that pedals well but also enables you to get off the bike and run if you encounter any difficult terrain. At the front of the shoe there are two holes for studs – seasoned racers will appreciate the rugby boot-esque added traction when you encounter a steep bank.
The outer of the Shimano XC50N is constructed with synthetic leather and there is no mesh. There are pros and cons to this design: having mesh does allow air to circulate, so, on a long summer’s ride you might find these shoes become a bit on the warm side. However, that is a bonus in winter when you want to stay warm. The biggest benefit though, is not having water flow in through the mesh vents every time you encounter a puddle.
Strap in and ride
To fasten the Shimano XC50 you have a three point strap system. Two Velcro straps towards the toe help hold the shoe in position, while a ski boot style strap is used to tighten the shoe around the ankle giving a very secure, snug fit.
For anyone looking for a great shoe for winter trail, XC or cyclocross riding/racing, the Shimano XC50N is going to fit the bill perfectly.