Shimano News Dominated by Hydraulic Disc Brakes
After intensive testing the Japanse components manufacturer, known for their MTB disc brakes, recently launched the future in road braking: hydraulic disc brakes for on road usage with electronic Di2 shifting.
The hydraulic disc brake kit contains completely redesigned dual control levers, road hydraulic disc brakes at the Ultegra level, a new 140mm disc rotor, and dedicated hubs and wheels. The hydraulic disc brakes have three advantages, they maintain braking performance on long descents through effective heat management; they have consistent braking performance in all weather conditions, and offer customizable braking performance for different riding conditions, terrain, riders’ size, and ability.
Despite the integration of a mineral oil reservoir in the lever Shimano’s developed a compact Di2 dual control lever to create a comfortable and natural hand position. They are equipped with Ice technology, known from the XTR and XT groupsets.
The second main product news of Shimano was the integration of its electronic shifting technology (Di2) in their recently introduced Ultegra 6800 groupset. Ultegra takes pro-tested technologies to a wider audience.
Compared with the previous Ultegra Di2 (6770) Shimano improved the ergonomics of the dual control lever for easier access. Especially on top of the – slimmer – hoods riders have more control than ever. Also the shape of the shift button was improved and the contrast of the surface is more recognizable. The Ultegra 6870 products are build based on the E-tube platform.