Shimano’s Alivio groupset has been completely loved-up by the Japanese giant and it gets split in two different versions to reflect the different uses of this entry-level group. One group will appear on ‘trekking’ and town bikes, while mountain biking gets its own.
Alivio remains nine speed, but gains a Shadow rear derailleur (without a clutch). The chainset is very styled and gets a compact triple ring spread of 40/30/22T, shifted over by a compact front derailleur. The Alivio level brakes are also upgraded with recent Shimano goodies like one-way bleeding. The 9-speed cassette is available in four different gearing options (11-28T, 11-32T, 11-34T, 12-36T).
So, it all looks pretty good for entry-level bikes and those on a small budget.