Wolf Tooth offers more elliptical chainring options for 1x bikes

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Wolf Tooth is now shipping Drop-Stop Elliptical chainrings for Shimano’s XT M8000, Shimano’s 110 BCD 4-bolt road/cx, and Race Face’s Cinch Fat Bike Cranks that need a special Reverse Dish chainring for the correct chainline.. The M8000 and Shimano 110 bolt Elliptical rings use a similar design to Wolf Tooth’s round chainring offerings for those cranks.

Calibre Rivelin

What do you usually find on a ultra-budget bike, especially one from a multiple retailer not known for bike specialism? Typically the list will include poor tyres, brakes, wheels and excess in weight – and all too often no real knowledge of what makes a bike good especially in the way it handles.

Mastering the low-cost challenge

Thankfully the Rivelin, from mega-retailer GO Outdoors’ house-brand Calibre, which has already wowed our mud-loving cousins with its budget full-suspension mountain bike, the Bossnut, meets the low-cost challenge head on and comes out on top in most cases.

The drivetrain is Shimano’s Claris eight-speed and functionally it’s sound, with reliable easy shifts and a good range (though our early production model has a 11-25 block, those in stores will get a wider range with a 28 top).


A Shimano Claris drivetrain is an unrefined but very solid choice

The ride position is comfortable – a little taller up front and a little shorter in reach – and despite the bike’s considerable heft, solidity and stiffness it’s surprisingly comfortable.

Fine handling

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What was the most important US bike industry story of 2015?

Choices Trek begins online bike sales Industry recalls millions of bikes over QR/brake rotor concerns Dealer concerns over Shimano pricing on overseas e-commerce sites Dealer wins $3.1 million award in suit against Giant Felt ends model-year introductions Pon buys Santa Cruz Bicycles Pope Francis given custom Breezer during US visit Other Trek begins online bike sales 22% (14 votes) Industry recalls millions of bikes over QR/brake rotor concerns 11% (7 votes) Dealer concerns over Shimano pricing on overseas e-commerce sites 28% (18 votes) Dealer wins $3.1 million award in suit against Giant 25% (16 votes) Felt ends model-year introductions 5% (3 votes) Pon buys Santa Cruz Bicycles 3% (2 votes) Pope Francis given custom Breezer during US visit 0% (0 votes) Other 8% (5 votes) Total votes: 65

Shimano XTR M9000 groupset

Shimano XTR 11-speed has now been on the market for a solid year and we’ve been racking up the miles since. With the biggest news surrounding the introduction of an electronic option, the mechanical version of Shimano’s top-tier groupset was, for once, rather overlooked.

For the new XTR, Shimano made the move to an 11-speed drivetrain, offered a choice of single, double or triple chainrings and continued with its ‘Race’ or ‘Trail’ versions, keeping options plentiful. Shimano is no stranger to trickle-down technology and we’ve since seen much of this new XTR technology trickle onto Shimano XT 11-speed for 2016.

We’ve covered the technical details already, in our first-look article, so we won’t rehash that, but having raced the groupset on first-sight at the Cape to Cape mountain bike race in Western Australia and having ridden it plenty since, across two bikes, we’re now updating our original ‘first ride’ review with longer-term findings.


Related: Horse for the Course – Cape to Cape MTB race

Shifting: smooth, calculated and precise with every click

As XTR is the pinnacle from Shimano, we would expect nothing short of exceptional shift quality. We can confidently say that this is very much the case with the 11-speed XTR – each shift is met with a perfectly positive click at the lever, followed by a near-instant change of gear.

One of the biggest changes made to the shift action was a reduction in shift resistance at the lever caused by the Shadow Plus clutch rear derailleur. Previous systems would see shift friction rise progressively as the chain was shifted upwards toward the spokes. This is now all but removed, with a smooth, linear feel through the shifter with each shift, all the way up to the 40t big cog.

Drivetrain and gearing: options at the front, single choice out back

Braking: major changes lead to subtle improvements


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SBS to stop selling Shimano components

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Seattle Bike Supply will stop distributing Shimano components by the end of November. Accell North America, owner of SBS, has been narrowing its P&A assortment and consolidating warehouses

Praxis cranks up 2016 range with new drivetrain bits

Praxis continues to expand its continually growing range of drivetrain offerings for 2016, now with a wealth of new chainring sizes, more value-priced cold-forged alloy cranks, and additional bottom bracket fitments that promise to make your next ride creak-free.

Chainrings galore

Headlining the collection of chainrings are new 1x-specific options for the latest Shimano XT and XTR asymmetrical four-arm cranks (96mm BCD). Each of the new chainrings will attach using existing hardware so the stock aesthetics will essentially carry over. Praxis will start with 30-, 32-, and 34-tooth sizes, with 36T and 38T sizes to follow.


Praxis now has 1x-specific chainrings to fit the latest Shimano XTR and XT crankarms

Although Praxis made its name on the longevity of its cold forged conventional road and mountain bike chainrings, these new 1x-specific options – like most of the company’s other narrow/wide-profile chainrings (and nearly all narrow/wide chainrings currently on the market, in fact) – are CNC-machined instead.

Related: How to convert to a 1x drivetrain

Fresh new cranksets

More creak-free bottom brackets

  • XT and XTR 1x chainrings: $65-70, available now
  • Cold forged 4130 chainrings: $75, mid-November 2015
  • Direct-mount SRAM GXP chainrings: $65-70, mid/late November 2015
  • SRAM Red ExoGram chainrings: $160-170, spring 2016
  • Cadet cranksets: $190 (estimated), spring 2016
  • Zayante Sprint crankset: $299, January 2016
  • M30 Thru bottom bracket: $85, available now

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Shimano new Deore XT, 25 years of SPD, new PRO components

This video was produced in partnership with Shimano.

BikeRadar caught up with Ben Hillsdon of Shimano Europe during last month’s Eurobike trade show, where he presented us with a few highlights from the 2016 Shimano range.


Along with the latest version of its legendary XT groupset, Hillsdon shows off Shimano’s 25th anniversary edition SPD shoes among a revamped line of mountain bike and road footwear. Shimano was also keen to show off its STEPS e-bike system along with fresh components from its sister brand PRO.

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Shimano’s Metrea groupset hints at 1x future

Shimano has teased a potential new component line on its stand at the Eurobike trade show. Currently in a concept stage, the Metrea components are designed for use on urban bikes and feature futuristic yet familiar styling.

Hybrids and other urban bikes at a mid to high price point tend to use road, though sometimes also mountain bike transmission components – something we think Shimano might be aiming to change.

Fitted to a display bike was a Metrea branded 1×11 transmission complete with an unusual shift/brake lever for use will bullhorn bars and a pair of dedicated, flat-mount hydraulic disc brakes.


The crankset looks familiar to anyone aware of Shimano’s latest generation components and both single and double ring versions exist. Look closer and you’ll notice an integrated chain guard – useful for keeping an oily chain away from clothing.

The shifter itself is a particularly unusual component – looking almost like a mechanical version of Shimano’s ST-9071 Di2 shifter from the world of time trialling.

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Shimano offers limited edition blue pedals and shoes to celebrate 25th anniversary of SPD

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano is releasing limited edition mountain bike shoes and pedals in the brand’s trademark blue to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its SPD pedals.? The M200 Blue shoe is the second top of the range M200 Enduro shoe, after a black/white model. The company said it combines the light weight pedaling efficiency of an cross-country shoe with the durability, grip and armor that aggressive trail riders require. The new blue PD-M990 XC and PD-M995 Trail pedals correspond to Shimano’s top-grade XTR mountain bike group.

Shimano sales up 26% in first half

Bike-related sales were up nearly 30 percent. OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano Inc