Even the most hardcore of riders will sometimes admit to wanting to wear something a little more loose fitting at times. The Shimano Transit range will appeal to urban riders, not looking to show themselves in Lycra, with a brand new range of technical performance clothing, minimally designed for riding on both road and trail.
Shimano claim to be ‘channeling minimalism’ which, to the raft of urban cyclists with any kind of fashion sense, will come as considerably welcome when comparing to the standard apparel available from the majority of high street cycling shops today.
The road shoes look pretty cool with a breathable synthetic uppers. They are actually touring oriented so are designed to be able to walk in them and get regular mountain-style SPD compatibility. First is the modern look with the RT5 and their three simple Velcro straps. The RT5s will come in beige, black, blue, and white and are claimed to weigh 300g per shoe.
Or there’s also the RT4 that goes for a more retro look with lace-up styling. They will be available in a perforated synthetic in weathered grey or white, or a patterned fabric in dark or light grey melange. The RT4 are claimed to weigh just 275g a piece.
For those touring riders looking for something a bit more substantial, the off-road MT5 and MT3 shoes have a more rugged design for more off-the-bike use exploring the places that you’ve ridden to.
When it comes to the clothing, Shimano have suggested it’s all about feeling good on and off the bike. The Shimano Transit Urban Collection will appeal hugely to the city rider, where earthy understated tones will typically win the day.
Transit Path shorts and pants keep your seat covered with water-repellent and stretchy fabrics and deep front pockets. Both get discrete reflective details, and the pants roll-up cuffs.
On the other side of the coin are some brighter colours in the collection geared more towards the off-road rider and adventure tourer. These designs are still on the uncluttered spectrum, but get a little some bright block colour designs. These more technically oriented elements include features like an advanced fabric finish similar to ColdBlack that is said to reflect the sun’s heat, keeping you up to 3°C cooler on hot sunny rides.
In addition to standard cut jerseys, there are also bike-specific polo tops and check button-ups with hidden chest and/or rear pockets, all with special anti-odour fabrics and UV protection.
In terms of cycling tech, all items in the Shimano Transit range are treated with an anti-bacterial treatment called Silvadur. These clever little silver ions stop you from clearing the room after working up a sweat. And for dawn, dusk or nighttime riding, new Discrete Reflectivity works for commuting, working or playing. Pretty much the complete clothing range for either riding style comes in complete jersey and short offering with both men’s and women’s specific cuts and subtle design distinctions.
Besides the riding shorts and jerseys one of the key pieces from the new collection is the light Shimano Transit Windbreak jacket. It gets a water-repellent finish, an adjustable waist, and a mobile phone pocket on the chest. It comes in both tan and grey with black detailing and subtle reflective elements.
Shimano Transit also includes a wide range of accessories to add on top of shoes and the main tops & bottoms. That includes several smaller items like short and full-fingered touchscreen-friendly gloves, as well as matching socks and a number of bag offerings. There are even a couple of new sunglasses for a bit of protection for your eyes.
For computers, books, and clothes the 17l or 23l Tokyo pack has a padded internal laptop pocket, document organisers, and an miriad of accessory-storage pockets. It includes a hi-vis raincover, the same discrete reflectivity seen throughout the Transit range, plus a water-resistant base and a roll-top closure.