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 â€“ 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 Shimanoâ€™s latest generation components and both single and double ring versions exist. Look closer and youâ€™ll notice an integrated chain guard â€“ useful for keeping an oily chain away from clothing.
The shifter itself is a particularly unusual component â€“ looking almost like a mechanical version of Shimanoâ€™s ST-9071 Di2 shifter from the world of time trialling.
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