Live Q&A On The New Shimano 12-Speed Deore XT & SLX Groupsets

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Send us in your questions on the new Shimano 12-Speed XT & SLX groupsets!

In case you missed one of the biggest product announcements of the year, Shimano has just announced it will be rolling out brand new 12-speed iterations of its popular Deore XT & SLX groupsets.

Having revealed the XTR M9100 groupset in 2018, the Japanese drivetrain manufacturer is – in typical Shimano style – trickling down those same technologies to the XT level. What caught us by surprise was the dual release, with SLX also getting the full 12-speed makeover too.

According to Shimano, XT M8100 will be available in its most popular configurations my mid-June, while SLX M7100 will follow in July.

shimano slx m7100 cassette 10-51t
Shimano is taking SLX and XT to 12-speed town.

You Got Questions? We’ll Find The Answers!

With the new groupsets featuring a host of new technologies, there are plenty of questions that come along with them.

Like, what the heck is Micro Spline? Do I need a 10-51t cassette? Should I get the 2-piston or 4-piston brakes? What’s compatible with what? I-Spec wuuuuh?

To answer some of your questions, and to provide a forum for responding to them, we shot a live video in the Shimano truck at the Fort William World Cup;

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to tune in to the Live Q&A session, by all means fire away any specific questions you’ve got about the new 12-speed groupsets either right here, or on the Facebook Live video, and we’ll do our best to get them answered right away.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new Shimano XT & SLX components. Make sure you let us know what you think in the comments section below!

For more information regarding prices, weights and specifications, you can read the full tech feature below, along with our first ride reviews of both the SLX and XT groupsets.

Shimano Unveils Brand New 12-Speed Deore XT & SLX Groupsets

First Ride Review | Shimano SLX M7100 1×12 Drivetrain & Brakes

First Ride Review | Shimano Deore XT M8100 1×12 Drivetrain & Brakes


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