Unless you’ve been residing below a stone-based dwelling for the past month, you’ll be well aware that Shimano recently delivered one of the biggest product stories of 2018; new, 12-speed XTR. In one of the most eagerly anticipated moves of the year, Shimano finally retaliated against the dominance of its American rival with a dedicated 1x drivetrain option.
But that ain’t the half of it.
Because with the latest XTR groupset, M9100, Shimano is rolling out no fewer than four drivetrain options. Not one, but four. There are two 1×12 options with either a 10-51t or a 10-45t cassette, and a 2×12 option with a 38/28t double crankset and a 10-45t cassette. Then there’s the special 1×11 option too that requires its own special hub. Head here for more info on what that’s all about.
On top of that, there are brake options too. You can get 2-piston XC Race brakes, or big 4-piston trail/enduro stoppers. There’s a new dropper post lever that integrates with the brake levers, with latest I-Spec EV standard providing a load of adjustability between the shifter and the brake lever clamp. Then there are multiple crank lengths, chainring sizes, different Q-factors…
You get the idea.
We first checked out XTR at the Fort William World Cup, where we shot a tonne of photos and a video to give you a good ol’ gander at all of the details. And there are a lot of details.
Up until a few days ago though, only the pros had had a chance to ride the latest XTR groupset. Lucky for me, I was invited out to Slovenia to rectify that.
During the XTR Media Camp, I notched up three days of riding aboard two different bikes decked out with XTR 1×12 drivetrains. The first bike I rode was a racy Scott Spark RC World Cup, which featured the lighter 2-piston Race brakes. The second bike I rode was a Canyon Spectral fitted with the bigger 4-piston brakes, as well as a new PRO Koryak dropper post and the Shimano MT800 remote.
I shot some video while I was out in Kranjska Gora, and put together two videos to show you the bikes I rode, and to detail what my first experience of Shimano’s M9100 groupset was like;
Hungry for more? Make sure you stay tuned for a more detailed ride report, where I’ll go into some finer details of the groupset that I couldn’t quite squeeze into the above videos. In the meantime, go ahead and scroll on down for a gallery of lovely images shot by Dutch photo-meister, Irmo Keizer.
Warning: we are not responsible for any impulsive riding trips booked for Slovenia.
Shimano covered flights and accommodation for this trip.