Cyclists looking for an affordable groupset for road, gravel, commuting or touring will find in the new Shimano Deore trekking which gets refinements that offer more versatility, reliability and durability. Last year, Shimano introduced updates to the top-end trekking groupset Deore XT T8000. Many of those same technologies now come down to Deore T6000.
Shimano wants riders to feel at ease taking Deore on various surfaces so they are never hesitant to take your bike down a less familiar route. For reliable and precise shifting, Shimano has opted to use what they call Optislick shifter cables, 2-way release and Rapidfire Plus. With a visual display on the shifter, riders don’t need to look down at their drivetrain to know what gears they have selected.
For a wide selection of gearing choices, the Shimano Deore triple ring drivetrain is offered in either 48/36/26 or 44/32/25 configurations. The four-arm crankset has a four-bolt spider design so rings can be swapped if needed. It also has a chain guarded to keep the rider’s clothing away from the chain ring. Shimano’s Hyperdrive technology ensures shifting performance under load.
The front derailleur is offered in a top swing or bottom swing configuration with three different cable routing options for compatibility with more frames. Wide clearance with the frame, mud and chain guards, and tires.
The 10-speed rear derailleur has a trekking specific design to ensure shifts good performance when shifting on the rear cassette. Shadow technology gives the derailleur a low profile shape and it features a single tension construction so on rough trails or roads the derailleur does not bounce around and hit the chain stay. The rear derailleur can accommodate a wide range of cassettes with 11-34, 11-32 and 12-28 being the best pairing according to Shimano.
For sure stopping power, the groupset has hydraulic shifting and a long brake lever that has room for three fingers. Center-lock rotors, 180 mm for the front and 160 mm for the rear, offer the surface upon which to apply the braking force. The system uses resin pads and BR-T615 calipers with Shimano’s One-Way bleeding technology so riders or their mechanics can easily keep the system dialed. A V-brake is also available with either a two or three rider lever. The brakes use either the S70C, for dry conditions, or M70CT4, for the wet, cartridge brake pads.
Finally, the groupset is completed by double-sided Click’R/Flat pedals or SPD/Flat pedals.
Shimano Deore trekking will be available in silver or a matt black finish. Expect to see it on shelves in July 2017.