It seems that the smart black and silver look first seen on XTR is catching… Shimano today has announced the new versions of its Deore and SLX groups – and both are looking very smart, as well as gaining some of the features only seen on the top-end group so far, such as the neat brake levers and Servo-Wave braking. And, needless to say, it’s all ten speed around here these days. Even SLX will now benefit from Shimano’s IceTech braking system. And just wait until you see the pedals!
Shimano introduced a wide range of 3 X 10 mountain bike components at XTR, XT and SLX level in 2010 under the Dyna-Sys label. This year Deore will be upgraded with a Dyna-Sys drivetrain as well, featuring a 42-32-24T crankset, 11-34T/36T cassette sprockets and a mountain bike specific 10-speed directional HG-X chain (CN-HG54). A compatible rear derailleur and Rapidfire Plus shift lever will also be available, though they’re unchanged for next year. Now… Shimano presents the Deore Servo Wave disc brake BR/BL-M596 that can be used with the current rotors SM-RT64. These new stoppers feature an excellent modulation and easy maintenance due to Shimano’s one way bleeding system.
Shimano SLX is updated with a Servo Wave disc brake with Ice Technologies: BR/BL-M666. Ice Technologies brake pads and rotors significantly reduce heat buildup in the disc brake system, which prevents fading and assures a consistently high braking performance even on long downhill stretches. The new SM-RT67 Center Lock rotors will be available in 160, 180 and 203mm. These disc brakes feature a tool-less reach adjust and easy maintenance due to Shimano’s one way bleeding system.
Wheel set and pedals
Shimano introduces a new medium range mountain bike wheel set WH-MT55. It features disc brake only compatible clincher rims with Center Lock rotor mount. Besides the quick release version there will be an optional 15mm E-thru front wheel as well (WH-MT55-F15). This wheel set has been developed with 24 straight pull spokes and it will become available with black and white rims. Weight: 1920g/set. The current wheel set WH-MT15 is redesigned with a choice in between white and black rims.
“Shimano presents an affordable trail pedal PD-M530 with a stable platform and integrated pedal cage. Available in white and black. Weight: 456g/pair.”
These pedals are the same design as the new XTR ‘trail’ pedal and only about 20g heavier. And starting from the £30-ish mark, we reckon they’re going to be a real winner this year for riders who love clipless, but want a little more security, or unclipped purchase…
And here’s when you’ll be starting to see it…
DEORE: June 2011
SLX disc brakes: June 2011
WH-MT55: July 2011
WH-MT15: April 2011
PD-M530: May 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2011