OSAKA, Japan – Zee is Shimano’s newest groupset which according to the company, “Is an ideal starting point for downhill riders and racers. Zee allows bikers to ride Shimano’s components and experience premium new technologies at a price they can afford.”
Highlights in the Zee line include a 10-speed system that comes standard with new ICE Tech disc brakes and Shadow Plus rear derailleur technologies. The name Zee is derived from zero.
Silent drive train
Shadow RD+ rear derailleur offers the most silent drive train for down hill riding claims Shimano. The Zee 10-speed rear derailleur has a switch at the pulley cage to activate a stabilizer that counteracts the forces of up and down chain momentum in rough terrain. Shadow RD+ stands for better control, stability, reduces chain dropping dramatically and a silent drive train. The Zee rear derailleur is available in a close gear and wide gear spec.
For Zee Shimano developed a durable, strong but also a light crank set with a steel axle and steel pedal insert. By using a solid crank arm and hollow axle Shimano found the balance of stiffness, strength and rotating performance. With Shimano’s propriety forging technology the designers integrated a hollow bottom bracket for more stiffness and weight savings to achieve a high dimensional balance.
Four piston caliper hydraulic disc brakes
To give downhill riders full confidence in the performance of their brakes Shimano designed Zee with a ceramic four piston caliper hydraulic disc brakes. Differential piston diameters provide quiet and controllable power and for optimal brake control the levers are equipped with Servo Wave action. Only little lever movement is needed to bring the pads in contact with the rotor and it’s easy to control the braking power. Zee brakes are Ice tech compatible, so Zee riders can upgrade their brakes to optimal Ice tech braking power for their future needs.