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Shimano 105 R7000 launched

3 Apr 2018

Design brought in line with higher-end groupsets as Shimano updates 105

On a day full of new technology, Shimano has also launched its brand new 105 groupset, the Shimano 105 R7000, giving it an aesthetic makeover while helping refine the details.

As the entry-level 105 groupset manufactured by Shimano, this update has brought the mid-range option in line with the more expensive Ultegra and Dura-Ace iterations while keeping it close to its 'do-all' roots.

Shimano has pinpointed 'seriously committed' bike riders who 'use their bikes for purposes other than competitive racing' as the main target for this revamped approach to this mid-range groupset although it has been the beneficiary of trickle-down technology from Ultegra and Dura-Ace.

The biggest change, aesthetically at least, is the redesign of the chainset. Shimano 105 now resembles its bigger and better siblings, Ultegra and Dura-Ace, with the branding sitting on an edged black crank arm.

By refreshing the design to look like that of more expensive alternatives, 105 in looks now appears that bit more deluxe.

As before, this chainset will be available in standard (53-39), mid-compact (52-36) and compact (50-34).

This redesigned chainset is also joined with a sleeker and more appealing hydraulic dual-control ST-R7020 lever that has reduced in size from its predecessor, matching the look of the Ultegra ST-R8020.

There will also be the option of a dual control gear lever which will angle the lever closer to the bar. 

Shifting has been improved thanks to a 'shorter stroke' which will allow faster shifting with the overall weight also being reduced from the previous 5800.

In reaction to the growth of gravel riding, the long cage derailleur will be able to accommodate an 11-34t cassette as previous while Shimano has also added this ratio to its 10 speed iteration.

The front derailleur has also incorporated a toggle design to allow for bigger tyre clearance and cleaner cable tension adjustment.

This launch comes on the same day as Shimano's new Ultegra clutch rear derailleur which looks to offer further chain stability on rough road surfaces. 

If we can take anything away from these latest releases it is that Shimano is taking the gravel scene seriously and is quickly reacting to riders' calls for components that will suit them just as well off-road as on it.

Like the new rear mech, the new Shimano 105 R7000 will be available from June with prices yet to be confirmed.


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