Meanwhile the new blue M995 trail and M990 cross country pedals continue a long line of winning foot retention systems.
Beginning 25 years ago with the original M737 pedal and cleat, the much-loved design resulted in a system that is unique in its use by so many people and for so many different types of cycling and in so many conditions, not least in the demanding world of Enduro and All Mountain riding.
Fast forward through the intervening years and we see the M995 blue pedal, corresponding with Shimano’s top-grade XTR mountain bike component category, allowing riders to tackle singletrack and technical descents with control and confidence.
Its wide pedal-to-shoe contact platform provides increased stability and control and protects the binding mechanism against impacts. Meanwhile a slimmer central chrome-moly spindle creates more space inside the pedal for greater mud-shedding. Tipping the scales at just 379g this is the pedal of choice for many of the world’s best enduro and trail riders.
The blue M990 on the other hand is Shimano’s lightest off-road pedal, weighing just 310g. Whilst the M990 is completely compatible with the M200 blue, its slimmer contact area makes it more suitable for cross country racing. Of course it wouldn’t look at all out of place next to Shimano’s top of the range blue pro cross country racing shoe, the XC90B.
The M200 Blue shoe will be limited to 1200 items in Europe, whilst the M995 and M990 blue pedals will be limited to 1900 items. Items are expected in store in August 2015.
More Shimano off-road pedals can be found here, meanwhile Shimano off-road footwear can be found here.