Shimano GR9 vs. GR5 Flat Pedal Shoes GR9 When it comes to riding flat pedals, the shoes you wear are just as important as the pedals underneath them. Shimano offers three different levels of flat-pedal shoes: the GR5, GR7 and GR9. The GR9 is their top-of-the-line model with all the bells and whistles, while the GR5 is the entry-level shoe with a more competitive price. Our wrecking crew decided to shoot out Shimano’s shoes this month to see if it’s worth spending the extra dough on the high-end shoe or if it’s possible to save your hard-earned cash for post-ride burritos. TECH FEATURES Before we get carried away with tech jargon, let’s talk price, because, after all, that’s likely the biggest factor in your buying decision. Shimano’s GR9 shoes sell for $150, while the GR5 shoes retail for $100. So, what does that extra 50 bucks get you? Well, the GR9s’ most notable features are their Michelin rubber soles, “speed-lacing” system and armored lace shield. Meanwhile, the GR5 shoes offer sticky-rubber soles and traditional-style laces. The GR9s offer additional protection, thanks to a molded toe cap and raised ankle guard on the inner side of the shoe. Even with the added protection, Shimano managed to keep weight at a minimum. In fact, the GR9s weigh less than the GR5s. The GR5s, on the other hand, offer a more classic skate-shoe look that might make them a more attractive option for some riders. Weighing in at 410 grams for a size 44, the GR5s are about 30 grams heavier than the GR9s. Both shoes are claimed to have the same stiffness rating and are constructed from synthetic leathers. Looking at the tech side of things, the GR9 shoes have a clear advantage. GR5 Field test results We headed for the hills with our new kicks to determine the winner of this shootout. We stomped on quite a few different pedals to ensure a fair test, and after a solid day of riding, hiking, driving and heading to the taco shop, the results were in. First things first; let’s talk traction. For the GR9s, Shimano teamed up with Michelin—yes, the same company that makes tires for your car—in order to provide the best traction possible with your pedals. The GR5s, on the other hand, use a secret blend of sticky rubber. On the trails, the Michelin soles reigned supreme over the rubber compound used on the GR5 shoes. The weight difference between the two shoes was marginal but noticeable, further giving the lead to the GR9s. Both shoes felt stiff, but protection was far superior on the GR9s. Some of our testers preferred the GR5’s traditional laces, as they made it easier to fine-tune the fit of the shoe, but the “speed-lacing” system is a bit, well, “speedier.” The GR5s had a more fashionable look at our local watering hole, but at the end of the day, these are biking shoes, so we decided that the GR9s are well worth the additional $50, even if that means giving up a few post-ride burritos. GR5 HITS • Classic look • Easy-to-dial-in fit GR5 MISSES • Offers less grip with pedals Star Rating Four out of five stars GR9 HITS • Great traction • Speed-lacing system GR9 MISSES • $50 more than the GR5s Star Rating Four and a half out of five stars bike.shimano.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Product Comparison: Shimano GR9 vs. GR5 Flat Pedal Shoes appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
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With only a few months left of the 2019 race season, we’re gearing up for 2020, and next year’s Santos Tour Down Under will take place from 16 to 26 January in Adelaide. How to watch the Vuelta a España 2019 | full schedule for live TV, streaming and highlights How to watch Tour of Britain 2019 TV coverage | full schedule for live TV, streaming and highlights The 2020 Tour Down Under The four-stage 2020 Women’s Tour runs from 16 to 19 January, with 382.8km of riding and 5,750m / 18,865ft of climbing. The six-stage Men’s Tour then kicks off on 19 January, with 921.2km of riding and 12,047m / 39,524ft of climbing. After the success of last year’s changes, it will once again climax on the Willunga Hill climb, on 26 January. How can I watch the Tour Down Under 2020 live in the UK? The broadcasting schedules are yet to be announced, but we anticipate that Eurosport will once again be showing live coverage of the Tour Down Under. A subscription costs £6.99 per month or £39.99 per year. Highlights will likely be shown on ITV 4. An alternative way to access the Eurosport channel is via Amazon Prime. Eurosport Player costs £6.99 per month after a 7-day free trial and Amazon Prime comes with a 30-day free trial and costs £7.99 per month. TVPlayer also provides access to the Eurosport channel via its Premium Plan, which comes with the first month free and then costs £6.99 per month or £69.90 annually (giving you two months for free). How can I watch the Tour Down Under 2020 live in the US? NBC Sports Gold should be showing live coverage of the Tour Down Under. In order to watch, you’ll need to sign up for the NBC Cycling Pass, which costs $54.99 (subscription period 28 May 2019 to 1 May 2020). NBCSN — available through cable — should also be showing live coverage. How can I watch the Tour Down Under 2020 live in Australia? As with last year, Seven West Media will be broadcasting the Tour Down Under in Australia, accessed via the 7plus streaming service or 7Sport app, both of which are free to use. How can I follow the Tour Down Under 2020 if I can’t watch live coverage? The Cyclingoo app provides racing results and news, and covers the entire cycling season including the Tour Down Under. Download the Cyclingoo app from Apple Store Download the Cyclingoo app from Google Play The Tour Tracker app is free to use and will also provide race coverage of the Tour Down Under. You can use it online or download it for iPhone or Android. Highlights are also being shown for both the women’s and men’s races on the official Tour Down Under YouTube channel. Women’s Tour Down Under 2020 schedule Ziptrak Stage 1: Hahndorf to Macclesfield, 16 January Distance: 116.3km The 11-day TDU festival kicks off in Hahndorf. tourdownunder.com.au Novatech Stage 2: Murray Bridge to Birdwood, 17 January Distance: 114.9km Stage 2 features the debut of the Christmas Tree Ridge climb with a max 11% gradient. tourdownunder.com.au Subaru Stage 3: Nairne to Stirling, 18 January Distance: 109.1k Following its first finish last year, Stirling is once again the destination for Stage 3. tourdownunder.com.au Schwalbe Stage 4: Adelaide, 19 January Distance: 42.5km Type: Schwalbe Classic (25 laps x 1.7km circuit) The Women’s Tour concludes with 25 laps of the Adelaide circuit. tourdownunder.com.au Men’s Tour Down Under 2020 schedule Schwalbe Classic: Adelaide, 51km, 19 January Distance: 51km (30 laps x 1.7km circuit) The opening circuit returns to the heart of Adelaide for the first time in years. tourdownunder.com.au Ziptrak Stage 1: Tanunda to Tanunda, 21 January Distance: 150km Stage 1 is a five-lap 30km circuit connecting Tanunda, Bethany, Angaston, Penrice and Nuriootpa. tourdownunder.com.au Novatech Stage 2: Woodside to Stirling, 22 January Distance: 135.8km Stage 2 once again takes in the Adelaide Hills. tourdownunder.com.au Subaru Stage 3: Unley to Paracombe, 23 January Distance: 131km Stage 3 is one of the more complex stages. tourdownunder.com.au Stage 4: Norwood to Murray Bridge, 24 January Distance: 152.8km Stage 4 should promise an exciting sprint finish. tourdownunder.com.au Stage 5: Glenelg to Victor Harbor, 25 January Distance: 149.1km Stage 5 could suit a breakaway at the final climb. tourdownunder.com.au Be Safe Be Seen Stage 6: McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, 26 January Distance: 151.5km The 6th and final stage once again climaxes on the notorious Willunga Hill. tourdownunder.com.au