Review: With their SH-M200, Shimano will soon release a shoe that was specifically designed with the requirements of endure-racers in mind. Lovers of flatpedals, don’t get your hopes up: The SH-M200 is designed for the use with clipless pedals. We put the shoe to the test – how much enduro really is inside the M200?
Features, features, features…
One of the first things we noticed with the M200: It’s really light. Our scale says 784g for the pair – that’s indeed not a lot for a shoe like this. The big highlight the sole that even has its own name: Shimano calls it Torbal and it’s new for 2015. Torbal stands for “Torsional Balance” and is meant to improve the rider’s control over their bike. To achieve this, the sole is very stiff in the front for good power transmission and more flexible at the back of the foot to absorb torsional forces from the pedals. Apart from that, the knobs on the sides should give the rider a secure stand, even when the foot is not on the pedal every once in a while.
The lacing of the M200 is rather traditional: Pull laces in the front, protected by the big flap that dominates the design of the shoe. Additional support comes from the buckle on the side which you might know from Shimano’s road shoes. The overall design of the shoe is trendy but still offers a lot of protection: The leather upper is reinforced in the front to protect your toes and there’s some extra padding on the inside to keep your ankle free from scratches and bruises. There are also some mesh-vents in the toe area and additional air vents on the side to keep your feet cool when they need to be.
On the pedal
Let’s start with the most important thing: The shoe has a great fit. Shimano cycling shoes tend to be a bit narrower than the competition and the M200 is no exception. It needs some getting used to, but unless you have very wide feet, it shouldn’t be an issue. The lacing works really well, it’s quick and holds the shoe in place without being too tight. On first glance, the buckle was something I worried about – I wasn’t sure if it survived that long in tough terrain. However, I had two really hard impacts directly on it during testing and apart from some scratches it’s absolutely fine – no need to worry then. Something I really liked was the exceptionally big range to fix your cleats. I often have issues with clipless shoes, as I like to have the cleats way up in front. No problem for the M200 – great.
The M200 performed really well throughout the whole test. The Torbal sole is great. It’s the perfect combination between power transmission and flex. I felt like I didn’t lose any power when pedaling but didn’t feel as nailed to the pedal as I do on most other clipless shoes. Northshores and similar bends when you literally throw the bike to the side, that’s when the Torbal technology really shines. Even though it was rather chilly when I rode the shoe, it got pretty warm in there after some time. I felt like the vents could be a little bit bigger.
The shoe even handled some carrying passages quite well. The knobs work best on woody, deep trails in the woods, you should avoid wet roots and stones though, as it might get really slippery then.
Shimano’s M200 is a terrific endure shoe. The Torbal sole really keeps its marketing promises and feels really different from what I have ridden before. The design is good-looking and offers great protection. The lacing is simple, works well and proved to be pretty tough as well. The only thing that I felt like it could be better is the ventilation. It’s okay during fall and winter but the M200 might cause some sweaty feet when the temperatures rise. All in all, I can’t recommend the shoe enough to all the enduro riders out there, it’s great.
- Torbal-Sole for good power transmission while still being flexible
- Huge range to fix your cleats
- Buckle to keep the shoe in place
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