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Interbike 2012: Wheels, shoes and pedals from Shimano

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Shimano has moved to wider aero rim profiles for 2013.

Shimano has moved to wider aero rim profiles for 2013. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Shimano Deore XT wheels (left) are inherently airtight and tubeless compatible with its solid outer rim wall while the WH-MT66 (right) requires a layer of tape to cover the conventional spoke holes.

The Shimano Deore XT wheels (left) are inherently airtight and tubeless compatible with its solid outer rim wall while the WH-MT66 (right) requires a layer of tape to cover the conventional spoke holes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Shimano WH-RS21-CL clincher road wheels boast a suggested retail price of just US$379.99 but niceties such as adjustable angular contact bearings, an offset rear rim, and compatibility with Shimano's new 11-speed drivetrains. Claimed weight is 1,850g for the pair.

The Shimano WH-RS21-CL clincher road wheels boast a suggested retail price of just US$379.99 but niceties such as adjustable angular contact bearings, an offset rear rim, and compatibility with Shimano's new 11-speed drivetrains. Claimed weight is 1,850g for the pair. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano's new WH-RS61-TL is the company's least expensive tubeless-compatible road wheelset at US$499.99.

Shimano's new WH-RS61-TL is the company's least expensive tubeless-compatible road wheelset at US$499.99. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Shimano WH-RS61-TL tubeless road wheelset is built around forged aluminum hubs with adjustable angular contact bearings.

The Shimano WH-RS61-TL tubeless road wheelset is built around forged aluminum hubs with adjustable angular contact bearings. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The new Shimano WH-RS61-TL tubeless road wheelset features a solid outer rim wall that's inherently airtight.

The new Shimano WH-RS61-TL tubeless road wheelset features a solid outer rim wall that's inherently airtight. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano has moved away from funky colors to a more basic black-and-white palette for the 2013 road shoe collection.

Shimano has moved away from funky colors to a more basic black-and-white palette for the 2013 road shoe collection. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Nearly all of Shimano's latest road shoes now sport a flatter sole that the company claims produces less foot fatigue during long days in the saddle.

Nearly all of Shimano's latest road shoes now sport a flatter sole that the company claims produces less foot fatigue during long days in the saddle. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano has added 11mm of rearward cleat movement to the latest Dynalast road soles.

Shimano has added 11mm of rearward cleat movement to the latest Dynalast road soles. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano's new SH-R107 (foreground) uses a carbon fiber insert to reinforce the otherwise nylon sole. The new women's-specific SH-R088W features a similar sole but with an all-nylon outsole.

Shimano's new SH-R107 (foreground) uses a carbon fiber insert to reinforce the otherwise nylon sole. The new women's-specific SH-R088W features a similar sole but with an all-nylon outsole. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The partial carbon fiber plate on the new Shimano SH-R107 road shoes boosts stiffness while also lending compatibility with both three-bolt and two-bolt cleat systems.

The partial carbon fiber plate on the new Shimano SH-R107 road shoes boosts stiffness while also lending compatibility with both three-bolt and two-bolt cleat systems. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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New for 2013 is the triathlon-specific Shimano SH-TR60 shoe.

New for 2013 is the triathlon-specific Shimano SH-TR60 shoe. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A supplemental hook-and-loop patch and a specifically placed notch hold the strap open on Shimano's new SH-TR60 triathlon shoes for faster transitions.

A supplemental hook-and-loop patch and a specifically placed notch hold the strap open on Shimano's new SH-TR60 triathlon shoes for faster transitions. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano's latest heat-moldable insoles feature a pocket for interchangeable arch inserts.

Shimano's latest heat-moldable insoles feature a pocket for interchangeable arch inserts. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The new Shimano SH-M088 (foreground) is intended for trail use with a roomier last, fully treaded outsole, and full-perimeter reinforcements to protect your toes. The new SH-XC30 (background), on the other hand, is more XC oriented with a stiffer reinforced nylon sole and a more sparsely treaded outsole.

The new Shimano SH-M088 (foreground) is intended for trail use with a roomier last, fully treaded outsole, and full-perimeter reinforcements to protect your toes. The new SH-XC30 (background), on the other hand, is more XC oriented with a stiffer reinforced nylon sole and a more sparsely treaded outsole. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The full rubber outsole on the new Shimano SH-M088 trail shoes add weight but more durability and grip for off-the-bike excursions.

The full rubber outsole on the new Shimano SH-M088 trail shoes add weight but more durability and grip for off-the-bike excursions. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Cutaways of Shimano's five primary road rim depths show off the new wider aero profiles.

Cutaways of Shimano's five primary road rim depths show off the new wider aero profiles. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano has moved to two-to-one rear lacing on many of its road wheelsets for more even spoke tension.

Shimano has moved to two-to-one rear lacing on many of its road wheelsets for more even spoke tension. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Spoke nipples are hidden inside the new, wide-profile 75mm-deep carbon fiber rim on Shimano's latest Dura-Ace WH-9000-C75-TU tubulars.

Spoke nipples are hidden inside the new, wide-profile 75mm-deep carbon fiber rim on Shimano's latest Dura-Ace WH-9000-C75-TU tubulars. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Claimed weight for Shimano's latest 24mm-deep WH-9000-C24-CL clinchers is just 1,364g. Past experience suggests these will provide a superb ride quality, too.

Claimed weight for Shimano's latest 24mm-deep WH-9000-C24-CL clinchers is just 1,364g. Past experience suggests these will provide a superb ride quality, too. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano says the WH-9000-C24-CL's carbon and aluminum clincher rims weigh only 384g each. A similar tubeless-compatible version adds 90g for the pair.

Shimano says the WH-9000-C24-CL's carbon and aluminum clincher rims weigh only 384g each. A similar tubeless-compatible version adds 90g for the pair. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano will offer 35mm-deep road wheels in both tubular and clincher fitments, both with new wider spoke flanges and two-to-one rear lacing.

Shimano will offer 35mm-deep road wheels in both tubular and clincher fitments, both with new wider spoke flanges and two-to-one rear lacing. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The carbon-and-aluminum clincher rims on the Shimano WH-9000-C35-CL rims feature spoke holes reinforced with extra layers of carbon fiber that are applied by hand.

The carbon-and-aluminum clincher rims on the Shimano WH-9000-C35-CL rims feature spoke holes reinforced with extra layers of carbon fiber that are applied by hand. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Claimed rim weight for the Shimano WH-9000-C35-TU carbon tubular is just 315g.

Claimed rim weight for the Shimano WH-9000-C35-TU carbon tubular is just 315g. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano now offers its own shims for riders with slight leg length discrepancies. Locating nubs line up perfectly with the ones on Shimano SPD-SL cleats for a slip-free fit.

Shimano now offers its own shims for riders with slight leg length discrepancies. Locating nubs line up perfectly with the ones on Shimano SPD-SL cleats for a slip-free fit. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano's new ClickR range of shoes and clipless pedals is designed to bring more newcomers into cycling.

Shimano's new ClickR range of shoes and clipless pedals is designed to bring more newcomers into cycling. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The new Shimano ClickR clipless pedals are said to be upwards of 60 percent easier to clip into and out of than standard SPDs.

The new Shimano ClickR clipless pedals are said to be upwards of 60 percent easier to clip into and out of than standard SPDs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Read our lips: PRO and Shimano will inevitably develop a way to directly attach a Di2 control box to the underside of a stem with no unsightly rubber band required.

Read our lips: PRO and Shimano will inevitably develop a way to directly attach a Di2 control box to the underside of a stem with no unsightly rubber band required. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano's new range of eyewear certainly has a distinctive look.

Shimano's new range of eyewear certainly has a distinctive look. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Several of Shimano's new sunglasses have angle-adjustable earpieces.

Several of Shimano's new sunglasses have angle-adjustable earpieces. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano's 29er wheel options for 2013 include the Deore XT WH-M785 (left) and WH-MT66 (right).

Shimano's 29er wheel options for 2013 include the Deore XT WH-M785 (left) and WH-MT66 (right). (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

We've already shown you most of Shimano's new road and mountain bike groups for 2013 plus some highlights of the company's upcoming wheel range. It's time to take a more in-depth view, however, at the shoes and appealing mid-range and entry-level wheels that will be hitting stores soon.

New aero shapes and tubeless options on the road

Shimano has revised its aero rim profiles for 2013, adding more width and slightly rounding out the nose across the board for lower drag figures and easier handling in crosswinds. According to Shimano, the new 'D2' rims' fatter shape also improves ride quality and rim stiffness, plus the deeper tire bed will provide more gluing surface on tubular options – a key feature for 'cross riders or roadies using the increasingly popular high-volume tire models now available.

Shimano has revamped many of its hubs, too, thankfully keeping their key adjustable angular contact bearings (which are typically more finicky to set up initially than radial cartridge bearings but more durable over the long haul) and forged aluminum bodies but switching to a two-to-one lacing pattern on rear wheels to help equalize spoke tension. In addition, the non-driveside flange has been pushed outward for improved wheel stiffness. Naturally, all of the new wheels will be built with wider freehub bodies to accommodate the company's new 11-speed drivetrains.

Topping Shimano's 2013 aero range is the new WH-9000-C75-TU carbon tubular wheelset with 75mm-deep, 24mm-wide all-carbon rims plus hidden spoke nipples that are said to improve aerodynamics (albeit at the expense of serviceability). While aluminum freehub bodies would save weight, Shimano continues to use titanium instead for its better durability. Claimed weight is 1,545g for the set and retail price is US$3,499.

Spoke nipples are hidden in the rim on the new C75

Shimano will offer both clincher and tubular variants for the new 50mm-deep, D2-enhanced WH-9000-C50 with the former continuing on with a conventional carbon fiber cap co-molded on to an aluminum tire bed. Claimed weight for the clinchers is 1,672g while the tubulars are expectedly lighter at 1,449g. Suggested retail price for the clinchers is US$2,399 and the tubulars will cost US$3,199.

Shimano's versatile 35mm-deep WH-9000-C35 tubular and clincher wheels will get the more widely spaced rear hub flanges and two-to-one rear lacing – but not the internally located spoke nipples or fatter rim profile. Interestingly, claimed weight for the tubular version (1,362g) has gone up slightly while the clinchers are now significantly lighter at 1,488g – a loss of 144g. Retail price for the tubulars is US$2,899 and the clinchers will cost US$2,199.

We expect the shallow-profile, 24mm-deep clincher rims on the revamped WH-9000-C24 range to again offer perhaps the best ride quality of the bunch, though, with their thin-walled, supple aluminum-and-carbon fiber rim construction. These wheels carry on with last year's slightly narrower profiles and hub flange spacing but get new 11-speed compatible titanium freehub bodies for 2013. The standard clincher version will reportedly weigh 1,364g while the tubeless version will be slightly heavier at 1,454g. Retail price for the clinchers will be US$1,399 – adding tubeless compatibility will tack on another US$100.

Two of the more exciting options for everyday use include the WH-RS61-TL (1,765g) and WH-RS21-CL (1,850g). The former features true tubeless compatibility, wide-flange hubs, and all-aluminum rims for just US$499 while the latter provides typical Shimano wheel build quality in a conventional tube-type, shallow-profile alloy clincher with 11-speed compatibility for US$379.

Lower-cost 29er wheels for 2013

Shimano's MTB range is mostly unchanged for the coming season with the exception of a new lower-cost pre-built option for 29er riders. The new WH-MT66-29 features a 24.6mm-wide (external width) tubeless-ready aluminum rim that will require tape to be airtight. Naturally, the aluminum hubs will be built for Center Lock rotors and will spin on adjustable angular contact bearings. Both front and rear wheels will be offered in quick-release and common thru-axle variants.

Claimed weight for the pair is 2,025-2,065g depending on axle fitment and suggested retail price is US$549.

New clipless pedal and shoe options for both ends of the spectrum

One of Shimano's biggest pedal and shoe launches at Interbike was the new Click'R range, which is aimed squarely at new riders with very low retention spring tensions. According to Shimano, the two new semi-platform clipless pedal options are both roughly 60 percent easier to engage and disengage to help incoming cyclists get over their fears of being permanently attached to their bikes.

Accompanying the new pedals are four new men's shoes and one women's-specific model, all with casual styling and flexible, fully treaded soles for improved walkability when off the bike.

Meanwhile, Shimano has also replaced nearly its entire road shoe range with the SH-R241 being the lone carryover model from 2013.

Heading up the range is the new US$380 SH-R320 road shoe flagship with a supple, heat moldable Rovenica upper, a new 'Dynalast' full-carbon outsole with a flatter profile that Shimano claims generates less foot fatigue during long days in the saddle, 11mm more rearward adjustability for the three-bolt cleat holes, a new heat moldable insole with interchangeable arch supports, and a trimmer fit relative to last year's model.

The US$200 SH-R170 looks to be the high-performance value leader for 2013 with a similar carbon sole and trimmer last but without the customizable fit, while the US$150 SH-R107 offers even more bang for the buck with its hybrid carbon-and-nylon plate and more conventional mesh-and-synthetic leather upper construction. Riders that prioritize price over stiffness, on the other hand, can instead look to the SH-R088, which swaps out the R107's carbon fiber insert for a more economical nylon one.

Shimano's 2013 off-road shoe range gets two key changes: the SH-XC30 and the SH-M088. The US$95 SH-XC30 is more cross-country oriented with a stiffer nylon plate and more sparsely treaded outsole while the US$120 SH-M088 is aimed more at general trail riding with more aggressive lugs and additional armoring around the perimeter to protect your toes.