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Shimano unveils new urban group, new Sora, and updates to MTB components

Published February 29, 2016
The new METREA group.

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano offered a first-look at new mountain and road components, lifting the press embargo on the first 2017 components to be talked about this year Monday morning (midnight, March 1, Osaka time). All of the new products will become available this summer, but pricing was not made available.

Here are the details:

New urban group METREA

Shimano says its new "urban sport" group METREA U5000 offers a “sleek, elevated appearance and simple function.” The name derives from the combination of the words “Metropolitan” and “Real,” the company said, and Shimano focused on a clean-cut look and minimalist surfaces.

METREA offers two handlebar positions (flat bar or H-type setup), single (42T) and double drivetrain (42-32T) options with 11-32T 11-speed gearing, and a 12mm axle, disc-specific QR wheelset (30mm deep section rims). H-Type handlebars are becoming more popular on city bikes and Shimano’s PRO line will offer an H-type bar this summer.

METREA offers flat-mount hydraulic disc calipers. Designed for casual riders, it has an integrated chain guard. 

Trickling high-end features down to Sora, new mid-range disc wheels

Shimano unveiled a new Sora group, the R3000, which it pegs as the most affordable and versatile group for sports/fitness riders but featuring trickle down technology from higher end groups, including lighter shifting, more powerful braking, four-arm crank, and black-gray gloss finish. New Sora also takes a page from Dura-Ace 9000’s aesthetics.  

The group comes with double or triple compact cranksets and is updated with internally routed 9-speed STI dual control levers. Compact cranks (50-34T or 50-39-30T) now can be combined wider 11-34 cassettes, two extra teeth over previous Sora cassette.

For flat handlebar bikes, it’s being offered with a 5-arm 2x9 or 3x9 cranksets with chainguards, Rapidfire Plus shifters and brake levers benefiting from Optislick cables. Rim brake performance is boosted 20 percent, Shimano says, thanks to new dual-pivot brakes. Sora also now comes with flat-mount Sora-grade mechanical disc brake calipers. Sora R3000 will come spec’d on 2017 bikes.

New mid-range RX31 disc wheels feature new 12 mm “E-THRU technology.”

Shimano likens this to a QR locking mechanism, but with a new axle that enables easier adjustment with a new knob at the end of the axle.

MTB updates: Chainrings, cassettes, gearing and entry-level brake options

Shimano has used input from sponsored MTB athletes, including XC and trail riders, to introduce the Dynamic Chain Engagement on new XTR and Deore XT 1x11 chainrings. DCE provides superior chain retention, lower driving noise and increased durability, according to Shimano.

This is achieved with a modified tooth profile on both the XTR and Deore XT chainrings. Steel-plated teeth on the XT chainring offer greater durability while strengthened aluminum teeth on the XTR chainring reduces weight.

In addition, Shimano extended its 1x11 range to a super-wide 11-46T cassette. The new CS-M8000 cassette is compatible with XTR M9000 and Deore XT M8000 and weighs 450 grams.

And Shimano is also offering a new 11-speed chain QUICK-LINK for on-the-trail repairs. The link is compatible with all 11-speed Shimano chains.

Shimano also said it’s offering new gear combination on its 2x11 and 3x10 cranksets. Its 2x11 now comes with a 34-24T crankset (DYNA-SIS 11 FC-MT700), and its 3x10 crankset (MT300) comes in a two-piece crank arm with 40-30-22T rings.

Finally, Shimano said its offering two new non-series M365 and M315 hydraulic disc brakes for entry level bikes (below Acera). Both offer technology trickled down from premium brakes such as noise-free braking and quick bleeding.

These new brakes have a new lock ring style for 160mm or 180mm rotors for simple handling and installation. And Shimano is offering two new tools to make rotor installation easier — the TL-FC35 outer serration wrench or the TL-LR11 inner serration socket tool.




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