2013 Shimano and Pearl Izumi Preview

Last week, Brad and I trekked south to Marina del Rey to check out a few new products from Shimano and Pearl Izumi. We were really hoping to get an up-close look at the new 11-speed Dura Ace 9000 and 9070 components, but apparently there are only a handful of groups in existence right now so we had to settle for an informational video. But we still got our hands on some cool stuff and snapped a few photos for your enjoyment.

All new Dura Ace wheels, including the C50, get Shimano's new hubs which have much wider spoke flanges and 2:1 spoke ratios to increase lateral and torsional wheel rigidity.


The C35 wheels now use the same hybrid carbon/aluminum rim structure as the C24 wheels which lowers the rim weight and increases acceleration.

The Shimano R320 is a nice update on the R315, which is Shimano’s top-of-the-line shoe. This full-featured shoe is heat moldable, but you’ll need Shimano’s shoe oven and a trained fitter. Truth is, these shoes fit amazing out of the box without going through the oven.

The Shimano R320 in white and black

Shimano’s best-selling road shoe also gets a facelift. The R088 is basically the same as the R087 with a few cosmetic upgrades.

The Shimano R088

Our favorite pieces of apparel from Pearl Izumi were the P.R.O. LTD Speed Jersey and P.R.O. LTD Bib Shorts. Since aero is the new black, Pearl dimpled the leading edges of the jersey and the shorts, on the shoulders and thighs respectively, to improve aerodynamics. In-R-Cool fabric provides optimal cooling and reflects the sun’s rays.

The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. LTD Speed Jersey and P.R.O. LTD Bibs

Shimano is jumping into the hydration market and showed off their new packs. We were impressed with the amazing fit system that is totally unique to Shimano. Various sizes, styles and colors will be available.

Shimano Hydration Packs