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Shimano unveils budget road hoops, revamped entry-level MTB components

Published February 28, 2018

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Shimano went public this week with a slew of new products including more affordable wheels for road and gravel and upgraded Alivio, Acera and Altus entry-level mountain bike components.

The three new road wheelsets use trickle-down technology from the company’s flagship products.

Lower price points, versatility

The new WH-RS370-TL multi-surface wheels are optimized for wider tires ranging from 28-38mm with 19c tubeless rims. Designed for disc brakes, they feature 12mm E-Thru Axles and Centerlock rotors. The wheels are compatible with 10- and 11-speed cassettes. The wheels retail for $254.99.

Shimano says the WH-RS300 and WH-RS100 clinchers are two of its most affordable road wheelsets.

The new WH-RS300-CL clincher wheels feature fewer spokes (16H/20H) for increased aerodynamics, while the straight spoke construction provides higher torsional rigidity, delivering quick and responsive acceleration, the company said. Wider, 17c rims are optimized for wider tires. The wheels retail for $229.99.

The WH-RS100-CL is its most affordable 11-speed road wheelset. It offers trickle-down technology including a wider 17c clincher rim. The wheelset weighs 1,920 grams and sells for a suggested retail of $134.99. 

9-speed MTB gets a face-lift and Boost

Meanwhile, Shimano’s entry-level off-road components Alivio, Acera and Altus have been upgraded, adopting race-inspired designs and more user-friendly features, the company said.  

The redesigned Acera (FC-MT300-3) crankset is now offered in anodized black with user-friendly replaceable chainrings. Together with rear derailleurs and cassettes the drivetrain offers MEGA9 LITE gearing, delivering smooth and easy shifting across the 3x9 (44-32-22T and 40-30-22T) options.

The Altus (FC-MT201) crankset also features the black anodized look in both 2x9 (36-22T) and 3x9 (44-32-22T and 40-30-22T) options.

MT-400 and MT-200 hubs have been upgraded with Boost-standard hub spacing, bringing stiffer wheels and bigger frame compatibility to entry-level mountain biking. Both offer wider front 110mm hubs, while FH-MT400-B features a rear 148mm O.L.D. hub and FH-MT200-B sticks with a 141mm QR hub.

And Alivio levers get more customization and more reach. Alivio’s lightweight, race-inspired brake lever (BL-MT400) design trickled down from XTR to XT, SLX and Deore, with a two-finger position that allows greater control on the handlebars.

A three-finger version (BL-MT200/1) is also available in steel or alloy. The levers are designed for small hands with a reach of 75mm from the handlebar and a user-friendly reach adjustment of 25mm for more customization.

Alivio’s front derailleur now gets a side-swing design for better cable routing and added tire clearance. The redesigned side-swing Alivio (FDM4020) also reduces friction, making for smoother front shifting, Shimano said.

The revamped MTB components will be available in June.

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