Incoming: Shimano XTR M9050 Di2 Groupset

It's been about 18 months since I first had the chance to ride Shimano's electronic XTR Di2 groupset. However I've only ever had enough saddle time to form first impressions. But now, at last, we've managed to get our hands on a complete set of XTR Di2 components, plus the latest XTR Trail brakes, so I'll be doing a thorough review for an upcoming issue of the mag.

I'm yet to set the groupset up on my bike, but once I have I'll post some thoughts on that setup process. In the mean time here are a few photos I managed to capture before I got my grubby hands all over everything.

Initially I'll be running two chain rings up front, but with just the one shifter controlling both the front and rear derailleurs. This synchronised shifting option is just one of the advantages of the  Di2 system.

Initially I'll be running two chain rings up front, but with just the one shifter controlling both the front and rear derailleurs. This synchronised shifting option is just one of the advantages of the  Di2 system.

The business end. It doesn't look hugely different to the mechanical version but this electronic rear derailleur is where the messages from the shifter get converted into gear changes.

The business end. It doesn't look hugely different to the mechanical version but this electronic rear derailleur is where the messages from the shifter get converted into gear changes.

And ditto up front.

And ditto up front.

For those who aren't interested in utilising the synchronised shifting option there is the option to run a more conventional setup with two shifters. I'll run two for a bit for the purpose of the review, but the simplicity of only one is what has captured my attention.

For those who aren't interested in utilising the synchronised shifting option there is the option to run a more conventional setup with two shifters. I'll run two for a bit for the purpose of the review, but the simplicity of only one is what has captured my attention.

What the hell is this thing? This is not going to be like any groupset install I've ever had to do before. (I was pleasantly surprised by just how small and light this battery is).

What the hell is this thing? This is not going to be like any groupset install I've ever had to do before. (I was pleasantly surprised by just how small and light this battery is).

It's not often we get to review interface usability. I'm looking forward to seeing how intuitive this display unit is to use.

It's not often we get to review interface usability. I'm looking forward to seeing how intuitive this display unit is to use.

The XTR cassette is an impressive cocktail of aluminium, titanium, and steel . . .

The XTR cassette is an impressive cocktail of aluminium, titanium, and steel . . .

 . . . with a healthy dose of carbon thrown into the mix . . . .  delicious! 

 . . . with a healthy dose of carbon thrown into the mix . . . .  delicious! 

The new XTR BR-M9020 Trail brake is said to offer a more progressive action and feel over previous servo wave brakes from Shimano.

The new XTR BR-M9020 Trail brake is said to offer a more progressive action and feel over previous servo wave brakes from Shimano.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Shimano can do attention to detail exquisitely.   Stay tuned (excuse the pun) for further set up and ride impressions.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Shimano can do attention to detail exquisitely.

 

Stay tuned (excuse the pun) for further set up and ride impressions.