Shimano have given their off-road, recreational and touring line-up of components an update for 2017. The improvements are designed to give riders more versatility and performance across categories.
New XT, SLX, Deore, Alivio, Acera, Altus and Tourney TZ components and the additional non-series products were designed borrowing technologies from Shimano’s top-end components. The drivetrains, braking systems, pedals and wheels have received updates.
Deore M6000 series
Shimano’s Deore groupset is for trail riders, mountain bikers, outdoor recreational riders who use bikes that are built for rough trails and mountain bike commuters. It’s a groupset for riders who need durability for riding rough roads and trails, who ride in the rain, and through mud and sand.
Deore M600 remains 10-speed groupset. The 2 x 10 drivetrain adopts the aesthetics of the XTR, XT and SLX drivetrains. It has a four-arm Hollowtech II one-piece composite chainring with 38/26-tooth, 36/26-tooth and 34/24-tooth options with a 3 mm Boost version. The 3 x 10 drivetrain gets a wide offering for all terrain with a unique looking 40/30/20-tooth set-up.
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New 10-speed cassette on Deore is now wider with a 11-42 tooth Dyna-Sys cassette offering as well as 11-36, 34 and 32-tooth options. The shifts are handled out back with the Shadow RD+ with has been updated to improve chain stability and retention. In the front, Shimano offer five mount options and three swing options to offer any combination of cable routing, rear-suspension and for frames with lots of tire clearance.
Shifts are handled by the Rapidfire Plus shift levers which have visual displays so you also know your gearing at a quick glance. Shimano’s new hydraulic brake levers use Servo wave high power levers and heat insulated calipers for the Ice Technologies brake pads.
The groupset is capped off by hubsets with 100 x 15 mm E-Thrus axle options in the front and centre-lock mounts for easy rotor installation.
Shimano have also expanded the wheel offerings with a 29″ and 27.5″ Deore XT B-spec wider e-thru O.L.D. options. The new wheelsets are stiffer and have 110 x 15 mm e-thru front and 148 x 12mm rear-axle Boost. The e-thru acles have smaller housing, a lighter weight and more clearance for frame and brake calipers.
Other new offerings include a SLX level wider range 11-46 tooth casstee for 1 x 11 setups. At the Deore level there is a 2 x 11 two-piece 36/26T front crankset and a closer step for 2 x 10 offering a 36/26-tooth front crankset.
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There is also a Deore level hydraulic brake set and new double-sided light action SPD pedals.
New offerings in the Alivio, Acera, Altus and Tourney line-ups
Commuter and recreational trail riders will have 2 x 9 speed 36/22-tooth Alivio and Acera cranksets with 3 mm outboard chain line for larger tires. There is a new 11-36 tooth casstte, light action shifters and side swing front deraillers for increased tire clearance.
At the Altus level there is a new 3 x 9 drive train. The 40/30/22-tooth chainset is combined with a 11-36 tooth cassette that is more resistant to rust and a lower profile rear derailleur.
Touring riders will find the new offerings have 3 x 6 or 3 x 7 speed drive trains with 48/38/28-tooth or 42/34/22-tooth front chain ring. That is combines with 14-28 tooth or 14-34 tooth cassette with a spoke protector option.