French company Time Sport has launched a new line of road cycling shoes, their first since back in 2013. Already a major player in cycling pedals and bicycles, Time’s foray into road shoes come in the form of the Osmos line with three offerings. The range is topped by the Osmos 15 with it’s fully carbon outsole and two Boa dials for adjustability. Combined with Time’s pedals, the shoes are designed to offer improved pedalling efficiency, foot support and stiffness in a comfortable package.
Time say their major focus on the new shoe design was the last, the inner sole and putting it all together with the right materials. The company’s research team in Montebelluna Italy have changed the shoe’s structure looking at the foot’s various measurements to propose a form they think will suit performance oriented cyclists.
While the new shoes are intended to deliver stiffness and efficiency to cyclists, Time introduce a new inner sole called Sensor 2 which provides increased comfort with a foam and a footbed designed limit the vibrations delivered to the foot while pedalling. The Osmos 15 feature the Sensor 2+ innersole which features high-density EVA inserts to optimize power transfer. The Osmos 12 and 10 don’t use this instead geared more towards straight comfort in their design.
The shoes upper is geared towards offering the foot good breathability, a lightweight all in a durable design. The Osmos 15 uses two Boa IP1 dials for adjustability, the Osmos 12 features one Boa dial and a velcro strap and the Osmos 10 uses one Boa dial.
Close-up of the Osmos 12
The Osmos 12 in action.
The sole of the Osmos 12
The range topping Osmos 15
The Osmos 10 in black
A rider adjusts the Osmos 12.
Each of the three shoes has its own outsole from the full carbon version of the Osmos 15 to the carbon and composite design of the other models. Each, Time says is designed to balance weight, stiffness, and comfort. The Osmos 15 has a full carbon outsole with carbon foils, the Osmos 12 has a synthetic polymer and carbon design with additional carbon inserts while the Osmos 10 uses the composite of Polyamide and carbon for it’s outsole.
To improve increased pedalling efficiency and power transfer, Time says they offer one of the smallest biopositions on the market with their interface or shoe, cleat and pedal. Bioposition is the distance between the outsole and the pedal spindle.
The Osmos 15 in black
Osmos 15 sole
The Osmos 15 in white
The white and red Osmos 12.
The black Osmos 10
The sole of the Osmos 12 with the carbon insert
The Osmos 15 will be available in black and white for US$400. The Osmos 12 will be available in red-white and black-white for US$325 and the Osmos 10 will retail for US$250 and come in white and black.