Shimano’s Sora group is the latest to receive the inevitable trickle-down of technology and styling from Shimano’s higher-end drivetrain options.
The new Sora R3000 group looks nearly identical to the other Shimano groupsets, including the integrated shifters and brakes that route the housing under the handlebars to the distinctive four-bolt crankset with a sleek black and gray matte finish.
The 9-speed group also offers mechanical disc brakes with the Shimano flat-mount design and thru-axles derived from mountain bike designs.
Sora can be set up in different configurations, on either drop bar bikes or those with flat bars. Both double and triple cranksets can match to an 11-34 cassette for a massive gear range.
Sora will be available on complete bikes and sold separately this summer. Pricing is not yet available.
Derived from the words Metropolitan and Real, Metrea is a new groupset from Shimano based on the concept pieces shown a few years ago. It’s designed to be sleek and sophisticated for sporty, urban riding that bridges the gap between road and trekking. It includes many of Shimano’s recent designs, including the flat-mount disc brakes, 11-speed gearing and a wide-range cassette.
Two handlebar configurations are possible, one with traditional flat bars and another with “bullhorn” bars and special integrated brake/shift levers.
The cranksets are available in either single or double chainring versions, with a sleek, integrated chain guard to keep your pants leg clean.
The brakes are hydraulic only, and mate to a disc-specific wheelset with subtle graphics and bladed spokes.
Metrea will go on sale this summer and will likely appear on complete bikes this fall. Pricing is not yet available.
Shimano also announced the introduction of a quick link for its 11-speed chains, something that has been popular for SRAM and other chain brands for a while now.
The 11-speed mountain bike drivetrains now have a super-wide gear option with the introduction of the 11-46 cassette. There are also new cranksets with lower gearing, including a 2×11 34/24 option and a 3×10 40/30/22 option.
Finally, there are two new hydraulic brake options, sitting below Acera, that will bring hydraulic braking to new bikes at an even lower pricepoint.