Shimano never stops innovating, and even if you never need the top-of-the-line race performance parts it builds, the technology the company creates trickles down to other product levels. For 2013, look for even more cool stuff to be available at lower pricepoints.
Recreation level components
The PD-MT50 and PR-T420 add to Shimano’s well-received Click’R pedal family. The MT50 Click’R pedals, top, feature dual-sided entry and a large platform for sure footing even without clipping in. The T420, above, is a single-sided SPD equipped Click’R pedal with a platform pedal on the underside, perfect for commuters.
Entirely new for 2014 is Shimano’s new Claris road group. Placed between Sora and Tourney in Shimano’s hierarchy, Claris is aimed at entry-level cyclists. The new group includes options for Touring, Performance and Racing needs. Both flat bar and drop bar shifters and brake levers are available. Octalink cranks are available in 50-34 and 46- 34T compact rings as well as a 50-39-30T triple. Claris also has an eight speed 12-32T cassette for efficient climbing, whether paired with double or triple cranks.
With Tourney A070, Shimano brought the starting cost of a road group down while offering reliable, durable parts. For 2014, Tourney receives an additional 3×7 spec.
Shimano will introduce its first 700C disc brake capable wheel set, the WH-RX05, that is intended for casual/pavement riders. The wheel set features a 24mm tall rim, includes 135mm rear spacing and is 10-speed compatible.
Shimano’s new DH-S701 dynamo hub offers a lightweight option for commuters and touring cyclists seeking a disc brake, Center-lock hub. The new hub weighs 425g and has 40 percent lighter rotation than Shimano’s DH-3N80 dynamo hub. Alfine’s new FC-S501 crank has and updated design and is now offered with a 42T spec, adding to the 45T/39T spec that has been offered.
At the top of the line is the 11-speed Dura Ace 9000 group that requires a slightly wider freehub body than 10-speed systems.
To compliment Shimano’s already impressive 9000 series wheels offered in a tubular option (C75, C50, and C35), Shimano introduces its C24 carbon tubular wheelset. The Dura-Ace 9000 C24-TU wheelset is the lightest offering in the 11-speed lineup, pleasing climbing purists with its 1,100 gram target weight.
Shimano further fills out its 11-speed compatible wheel offerings with the new WH-RS81 series featuring Dura-Ace-level 50mm, 35mm and 24mm carbon/alloy rims. Additionally, new replacement price point wheels include the WH-RS31 30mm deep aluminum clincher wheel and the WH-RS11, a durable aluminum clincher wheel. All 11-speed wheels are reverse compatible with 8, 9, or 10 speed cassettes.
The 105 road group joins Dura-Ace and Ultegra with new carbon SPD-SL pedals, saving weight in the process.Tweet Print