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Shimano Adopts Reverse Strategy for Metrea

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NUNSPEET, the Netherlands – The introduction of Shimano groupsets is generally done in two stages, OEMs first followed by the After Market. It’s not like that with the new Metrea. This will be available on the After Market before bikes spec’ed with this groupset are on the shop floor.

Shimano Adopts Reverse Strategy for Metrea
Metrea components are set to be available as after-market products in Europe from April 2016. Pictured here is the Metrea presentation Shimano had at last week’s Taipei Cycle Show. – Photo Bike Europe

Presented at Eurobike 2014, the groupset for a new urban sports category Metrea, will be available next April. As it will be on the After Market first, Shimano says Metrea is for, “those who want to build their own high-speed city bike.”

Urban riding

Metrea has been designed to create a specialist urban sports bike for comfortable daily commuting. Its components are built to cope with urban riding realities and a 60 to 45 degree riding angle which allows for responsive nimble handling and a comfortable posture.

Compatibility with wide range of frames

This group set comes with a flat bar for greater urban versatility and compatibility with a wide range of bike frames. The two-way SL-U5000 flat bar Rapidfire Plus shift levers with instant release and Vivid index shifting allow for rapid gear changes with consistent pedalling. The shift levers are operated by Optislick-coated cables offering a smooth and light shifting performance.

Alternatively, H-type handlebars are a new concept in cycling, designed to position the rider’s forearms in a natural position. H-type bars will be available through PRO from Summer 2016. Complementary ST-U5060 Dual Control Levers for the ends of the H-type bar lend riders an efficient riding position to go through narrow spaces, whilst putting gear and brake levers within easy reach.

Hydraulic disc brake system

Metrea comes with hydraulic brake levers which deliver appropriately regulated power and performance to cope with multiple urban hazards. A sleek and anti-corroding two-piece crankset provides reliable drivetrain performance and its tooth profile allows for smooth and consistent pedalling. Drivetrain options provide customizability to suit different city landscapes. The 46-32T double ring set up provides a closer gear ratio, better suited to varying terrain. Alternatively for simplicity and all-out speed, a single chain ring 42T set up provides optimal urban gearing. An integrated chain guard provides protection for loose fitting casual riding trousers.

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