HAYWARD, Calif.?(BRAIN) — Bianchi USA has just received its first shipment of its Impulso 105 Disc Compact, a disc-brake equipped road bike that retails for $1,599.99. The company describes the model as the “workhorse” of its C2C (Coast to Coast) family.
Shimano has just announced the details of its next generation Deore XT mountain bike groupset â€“ M8000. We all knew that the trickle down of Shimano XTR M9000â€™s 11-speed was only a matter of time, but we hadnâ€™t expected it quite this soon, with the group likely to appear first on 2016 model year bikes.
The new group features many predictable technologies originating with XTR 11-speed, but the biggest news has to be the welcome surprise of a new, wider-range 1x specific cassette â€“ marking Shimano’s first real move to provide a 1x option for the masses and providing an alternative to SRAM’s freshly announced GX groupset. Thereâ€™s still no mention of Di2, so itâ€™s mechanical-only for now.
One of the main complaints we have with Shimanoâ€™s new XTR is its 11-40T-range cassette â€“ limited when used with a single ring drivetrain, especially compared with SRAMâ€™s more expansive 10-42T option. Shimano XT looks to improve this with a wider cassette range of 11-42T â€“ dubbed â€˜Rhythm Stepâ€™.
This new cassette, which is compatible with 1×11 drivetrains only, continues to use a standard freehub body, meaning it will fit your existing wheels. Although we presume it will, in fact, work, Shimano states this new 11-42T cassette shouldn’t be used with M9000 XTR.
For those looking to use a double or triple crankset, a 11-40T cassette option exists. The new cassettes will feature hardwearing steel cogs, aluminium spiders, and aluminium big cogs (40/42T).
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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Specialized and Shimano were the top vote getters in multiple categories in BikeRadar’s 2015 Most Wanted Awards. The website’s readers voted on their most wanted products in several road and mountain bike categories, choosing from a six nominees chosen by the site’s editors in each category
IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Shimano is introducing its first road hydraulic brake calipers that are compatible with the Flat Mount disk caliper mounting system it announced last year and which will be used on some 2016 model year bikes that will hitting the market soon. The two new Flat Mount calipers are technically not part of a group, but the BR-RS805 model is considered “Ultegra grade” and the BR-RS505 is considered “105 grade.” The low-profile calipers have One-Way bleeding and easy tool access.
Praxis Cycles will soon debut its first complete mountain bike cassette aimed at riders who want more range from their current 10-speed systems but aren’t interested in breaking the bank for a complete 11-speed setup. The new cassette will feature a wide 11-40T range, even ratio jumps, and a price and weight roughly on par with Shimano Deore XT.
Aftermarket ‘range expander’ cogs have been available for some time now for 10-speed drivetrains, adding a hill conquering 40-tooth or 42-tooth on top of the standard 36-tooth one. Their add-on nature doesn’t come without compromises, though. Adding that cog forces users to remove another cog elsewhere in the cassette to make room â€“ which produces an awkward ratio gap â€“ and the jump from the original 36T cog to the new add-on gear isn’t always factory-smooth. In addition, those new range extenders are often added to older cassettes and chains, which can make for a rough-feeling drivetrain and accelerated wear.
The new Praxis wide-range 10-speed cassette promises better shifting performance than other cassettes that have been modified with an add-on range expanding cog
Instead of jumping into the increasingly-crowded expanded range market, Praxis Cycles has decided to launch a complete wide-range cassette with a useful 11-40t spread. Praxis says that since its new cassette was designed from the outset as a cohesive unit, its new cassette will have relatively even ratio gaps throughout and will offer smoother shifting performance than any add-on system.
Praxis isn’t releasing complete details just yet, but we do know that the new cassette will feature a mix of steel and aluminum cogs with standard 10-speed spacing for use on Shimano or SRAM transmissions (although something like the new Lindarets GoatLink might still be a good idea). The weight target is roughly on par with Shimano Deore XT, which would put the Praxis cassette at about 340g. Pricing is still being finalized but provided Praxis can keep costs in check, this new cassette should be very enticing given that many range extending setups cost nearly US$100 for a single cog.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BRAIN) — The North American Handmade Bicycle Show announced this week that Shimano has signed on as a sponsor for next month’s show. This year, Shimano is working with several bike builders to showcase the potential of their new e-bike electric assist system, Shimano Steps. “We are more than happy to sponsor NAHBS as it is a great opportunity for us to support an event that provides a platform for frame builders and their work to be seen on a global level,” said Dustin Brady, Shimano American’s marketing manager
The ink on Shimano’s new XTR M9000 and XTR Di2 M9050 box labels is barely dry but we’ve already starting thinking about what the next iteration of the company’s flagship mountain bike groupset will bring.
Based on what we know about Shimano’s engineering principles â€“ not to mention one glaring competitive disadvantage â€“ we strongly believe the next version will not only move to a wider-range 12-speed setup (twelve!) but might even be Di2-only.
Shimano undoubtedly has the best front shift performance in the mountain bike market. This is a bit of a moot point, though, given that enthusiast riders have been showing a strong preference toward single-ring drivetrains. For them, 1x setups offer better chain security and reduced complexity while frame engineers now have more flexibility in their designs since they no longer have to set aside precious real estate for a front derailleur.
In this context, even the latest XTR CS-M9000 cassette just can’t compete with SRAM’s XX1 for one simple reason: range.
Single-ring drivetrains are hardly new but SRAM was able to bring the technology to the masses thanks to the XX1 cassette’s remarkably wide 10-42T spread and the generous 320-percent range that comes with it. Shimano has indeed narrowed that gap with the new XTR, moving from the previous 11-36T setup to a wider 11-40T. But even that still falls short with a 264-percent total range â€“ essentially identical to XX1 if you omit the 42-tooth cog.Â
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Highlights from our final day of visits with suppliers as the second edition of PressCamp Winter wrapped up Thursday. Raleigh Could this be the rig that makes anti-e-bike IBDs change their tune on stocking electrics?
OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — It was 20 years ago that Shimano first introduced its clipless mountain bike pedal, which used what it called Shimano Pedaling Dynamics — later called SPD or “spuds.” The 1990 M737 pedal and M100 shoe may have been designed first for mountain bike use, but the SPD technology was later applied to road racing and casual riding shoes and pedals. To celebrate the anniversary, Shimano is launching a new shoe and pedal design for mountain biking. The PD- M530C pedal comes in a limited edition black finish