14 February 2008

New kit from Shimano

It looks like Shimano's burly-ish Hone group is being replaced. The company is breaking up the rarely-seen LX group into a trekking/commuting -oriented LX and an aggressive-XC oriented SLX group. The SLX will take some cues from Saint and look to be more than just black-painted Deore parts. Most interesting are a 2-ring specific front dérailleur and a 15mm through-axle front hub. Another standard? Yup, but Shimano's unilateral standard introductions tend to be met with a fair bit of resistance, so we'll see. The 'E-Thru' standard is similar to a standard QR and is said to improve stiffness to near the level provided by 20mm through-axles. There are a handful of other introductions floating around as well, but introducing '09 stuff before the '08 is widely available can't be great for stocking dealers...

2/19/08: Looks like Fox is on board as well. They're showing product which looks to be well on its way. It may work out be a good thing for lengthy 29er and 5in+ forks if enough makers get behind it. Maybe they can change over to post-mount brakes while they're at it...


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