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Inside Line: First ride on the 11-speed Shimano XTR and XTR Di2


Coming as a surprise, the entire fleet of media demo bikes for the recent Orbea Oiz launch was outfitted with 11-speed 2015 XTR, including four sets of the scarce electronic shifting M9050. We managed to put in a good ride on both groups.

Shimano originally announced the new XTR back in April, and we got a spin around a parking lot on prototype parts, and fondle clay mock-ups of what the production groups would look like. Things went quiet for months after that, with no set date on when the new parts would be ready for sale.

These parts are mostly still marked as prototypes, but we shouldn’t expect much to change between now and when they will show up on 2015 bikes and your local bike shop’s shelves. Don’t ask about prices, we still don’t have them. I’m not going to go over all the tech of the new group, if you need a refresher, blogs of on the M9000 are here, and M9050 is here. I’ll wait for you catch up.

Ready? Head full of numbers and words like FREEZA? Let’s clear the air with some real ride impressions, starting with M9000.

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Shimano unveils XTR Di2 with sequential shifting

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Electronics are all around us. When was the last time you rolled up a window in a car? Turned a dial to tune in a radio station? Wound up an alarm clock? Been awhile, right? Well, we’ve been pulling cables to change gears on mountain bikes for decades. Our road and cyclocross brethren have been using tiny motors and electronic impulses to shift gears for half a decade now on Dura Ace and Ultegra Di2 drivetrains, and in a not unexpected move, Shimano is porting that technology over to mountain bikes in the form of the new M9050 XTR Di2 group.

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