Shimano Presents Next Generation XTR
OSAKA, Japan – Mountain biking has rapidly evolved since the previous introduction of Shimano’s top level XTR groupset in 2010. For example with different riding styles and new wheel sizes. Shimano’s answer to these developments is the new rider tuned XTR M9000 groupset.
The XTR M9000 features the CS-M9000 11-speed 11-40T cassette which is the widest range cassette Shimano has ever. Thanks to it’s so called “rhythm step” progression it maintains calculated, shock-free steps from one gear to the next. Shimano also introduces a new premium 11-speed chain. The CN-HG900-11 uses a HG-X11 special asymmetric plate design and Shimano’s new SIL-TEC surface treatment.
Shimano’s rider tuned concept starts with the gear combinations and XTR M9000 has options for all riding styles and mountain bikes. The 1×11 drivetrain is the best option for competitive Cross Country or Enduro racers. The 2×11 is the more competitive and flexible option. According to Shimano the 3×11 drivetrain is the best choice for all-round bikers.
The XTR M9000 includes two different crank arm options. The FC-M9000 is a race specific crank arm with a Q-factor of just 158mm and a 3D hollow bonded lightweight left crank arm which can be used for single or double use. The FC-M9020 is a trail specific crank arm with a cold forged construction and a standard 168mm Q-factor for 1x, 2x or 3x setups.
The dedicated XTR 1x chainring features retention technology with a unique tooth profile that eliminates the need for chain retention devices.
The all-new XTR M9000 wheels mark a turning point for Shimano in premium mountain bike wheelsets; these are Shimano’s first mountain bike wheels to feature carbon laminate rim technology. From ultra-light and durable race wheels to all-mountain tuned trail wheels in 27.5 and 29-inch options, the all new XTR wheels use 28 butted spokes both front and rear and include a new lightweight bearing and axle system.
The new XTR M9000 brakes in race and trail versions offer varying levels of heat control from an insulated piston and insulated pad coating that creates 10 percent more heat resistance. The XTR M9000 race is the ultimate balance between weight and power thanks to a magnesium calliper and master lever body as well as a carbon lever blade and also features the new handlebar-clearing I-spec II mounting. The XTR M9020 trail brake has a stiff monobody calliper and comes standard with Ice Technologies finned brake pads for further heat reduction. Together with the proven FREEZA SM-RT99 rotors these brakes give optimum brake performance in all conditions.
The enhanced ergonomic design of Shimano XTR M9000 redefines the gear change and delivers remarkable performance. The shift lever has a dual-textured anti slip surface, features multi, instant and 2-way release and is made of carbon to save weight. As per the road equivalent Dura-Ace, XTR uses polymer-coated inner cables to improve the control and lowers the shift effort by 20% compared to the previous XTR shift lever.
Shimano’s new FD-M9000 masters front shifting for double and triple crank sets with the first Side-Swing front derailleur design that increases shift performance by 100 percent. Designed specifically with modern trail bikes in mind, Shimano’s XTR FD-M9000 Side-Swing front derailleur provides 15mm of increased tyre clearance whilst new cable routing dramatically reduces the shifting effort.
The new Shadow RD+ design has an even lower profile to keep it protected and optimizes the slant angle which lowers the shift effort and improves stability. The new Shadow RD+ clutch has a simpler external clutch adjustment and a wider range of movement for easier setup.