NEW SHIMANO 11-SPEED DRIVETRAIN ADDITIONS
Today Shimano releases a selection of new products and features making their way into the component manufacturer's 2017 road and MTB line-ups.
Mountain bikers benefit from new 11-speed drivetrain additions with the following new products:
1x11 chain ring with Dynamic Chain Engagement
Wide ranging 11-46T cassette compatible with XTR or DEORE XT 1x11 set ups
QUICK-LINK for 11-speed chains
Elsewhere additions at the mid-range level include:
new gear combinations for 2x11 and 3x10 cranksets
new hydraulic disc brakes at the middle and entry level
The new cassette for 1x11 riders offers a super-wide 11-46T range providing optimal gear choices for Enduro riders. The target weight of the CS-M8000 cassette is 450g and it's designed to work across XTR and Deore XT platforms.
To provide greater flexibility Shimano now introduce an 11- speed chain QUICK-LINK (SM-CN900-11). It is designed with tool-free assembly in mind for quick on-the-trail repairs, although for rapid assembly of multiple chains a professional assembly tool (TL-CN10) is also available.
New gear combinations offered on new 2x11 and 3x10 cranksets are focused on lower gears for riders riding in steep mountainous areas. The DYNA-SIS 11 FC-MT700 34-24T crankset features HOLLOWTECH II crank arms. Meanwhile the 3x10 MT500 crankset provides 40-30-22T rings and a 2-piece crank arm with a stiff, solid and robust construction.
Sitting just below ACERA level, Shimano introduces two new non-series M365 and M315 hydraulic disc brakes. The M365 comes with a lighter aluminum lever and both brakes offer technology adopted from top-of-the-range disc brakes such as noise-free stable braking performance, and quick and clean bleeding.
Complementing the new M365 and M315 disc brakes is a new lock ring style for 160mm or 180mm SM-RT10 rotors, designed to simplify handling and operation for workshops and manufacturers. Two new tools provide quick and easy maintenance for rotor installation, either the TL-FC36 outer serration wrench or the TL-LR11 inner serration socket tool.