Shimano launches 12 speed malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri xt and slx. first ride review and info

ERGONOMICS at the core of the re-design is the cockpit ergonomics. Shimano worked long and hard to redesign the ergonomics of malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri the shifter, brakes and dropper post. Fitting with shimano’s make your mark slogan, there is substantial adjustability in the system, which allows rider to fine tune reach and fit angles malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri on the bar. For XT, the shifter lever has 30 degrees of rotation from the malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri brake lever, and moves in a 14mm long sliding track to adjust malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri the reach in and out on the bar. Shimano’s new dropper remote follows the same principals on the malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri left side of the bar. The set up is neat, clean and offers much needed adjustment for riders that have malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri large or small hands.

On the XTR shifters, replaceable rubber grip pads are added to the shifters and malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri dropper remote to add grip in wet conditions. To reduce costs on XT, the rubber pads are retained in the paddle, but are not replaceable. With wet bellingham conditions, we were able to test the function of the pads malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri first hand and can verify the improvement in grip.

The double shift capability is also retained from the previous malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri generation, but with updates. Instead of the equal force clicks the system had before, the new XTR, XT and SLX require just slightly more effort for the malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri second shift, completely eliminating accidental double shifts in rough terrain. It’s intuitive and makes the already natural feeling shift action malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri of the system even better.

BRAKES shimano’s brake feel and levers have been a polarizing topic, but the new design and feel is sure to please malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri more people than ever. To improve rigidity, the levers now have two contact points with the bar: one at the clamp, and a separate point towards the lever itself. This change improves rigidity and lever feel under hard braking. Shimano also tuned the servo wave curve with a different malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri ramp to improve lever feel. For those wondering, it does decrease the on/off feel that shimano opponents nag about, but still retains the quintessential shimano feel. I for one think it’s the best and most natural feeling brake lever out malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri there.

XT keeps the same great feel we’ve grown to love, and has both a two and four piston option. We’re also happy that both groups will offer a two malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri or four piston brake option. This year marks the first time ever that SLX is malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri offered in a four piston design. We hope to see a lot more four piston shimano malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri brake spec on emtb’s since the added weight makes the spec very necessary. This year also marks the first time freeza rotor technology malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri is used in XT and SLX brake rotors, which will also hopefully find its way to more OEM malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri e-bike spec.

DRIVETRAIN much like the overhaul to last year’s XTR, shimano started at the drawing board to rethink XT and malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri SLX. Of course the whole reason for the redesign was to malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri introduce a 12-speed option, but shimano actually broke the 12-speed cassette into two variants. The first is a 10-51 tooth 12-speed wide range cassette that offers 510% gear range. If you’re keeping track that’s one tooth more than eagle. The second option is a 10-45 tooth 12-speed rhythm step that offers a 450% gear range with more even gear steps. Shimano also made significant changes to the tooth profile on malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri their cassettes to provide the contact necessary for hyperglide+. XC nerds can rejoice since the double front chain rings malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri and derailleurs are also retained for XT and SLX. We’re curious to see how much longer that stays true malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri however.

In our opinion the biggest difference in the drivetrain is malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri of course hyperglide+, which was initially debuted last year on XTR. When shifting from a big cog to a small cog, a chain traditionally wants to eject into the smaller cog. Shimano’s goal is to move the driving force smoothly between malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri gears and thus improve shift smoothness. The hyperglide system solves that problem by relying on chain malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri tension, and updated tooth design and an updated chain profile with malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri an extended interlink plate and tooth profile. The inner plate is in contact with every tooth of malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri the drivetrain, so it’s not only quieter but now allows better power transfer malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri to hold two gears simultaneously during a shift. In a nutshell, the harder you push, the smoother your shift. It’s the polar opposite to a traditional drivetrain and resulted malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri in a rather rude awakening once I returned home to malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri the current shimano and SRAM product on our test bikes.

Boiled down to the most basic principals, XT simply uses more cost effective materials than XTR, and has different coatings throughout the system. For example, the chainring on XT is an aluminum inner with a malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri steel tooth outer ring. One key area of difference is actually the chain. Shimano offers three chains in three price points at the malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri XTR, XT and SLX levels. All retain hyperglide+ abilities, but the difference is in the surface treatment. XTR has the most durable surface coatings, and is a worthwhile upgrade even on an SLX drivetrain malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri since it improves reliability along with having lighter hollow pins malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri and has more strength since a hollow pin can be malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri peened more effectively and is thus stronger.

XT and SLX also got two new aluminum wheelset models malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri for each. One is a 24mm inner width rim, and the other is a 30mm inner width rim, both have 28 spokes, but the 30mm has traditional J bend spokes for easy malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri replacement when things go wrong. Keen observers will also notice that shimano pulled back on malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri the sylence hubs launched with XTR because of reliability issues. Instead, XT and SLX wheels come with a 7-degree play angle traditional hub design with 100 points of malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri contact. The tubeless wheels are available in boost, non-boost, and pretty much anything else you can dream up.

Shimano invited us to bellingham, washington as the area has a little bit of everything malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri to offer. Serving as our tour guides for the weekend were local malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri legends jill kintner, bryn atkinson, and lars sternberg. Thomas vanderham was also on hand to show us what malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri the new XT was really capable of in the right malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri hands. Shimano pays him the big bucks to verify that their malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri product works just as well sideways in the air as malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri it does under us mere mortals going straight on the malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri ground.

Our test loops spanned the full gamut between fire road malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri climbs, technical descents, and even bike park jump lines. To say I’m jealous of bellingham’s local riding would be an understatement— it’s time to move! Weather also ranged from hot and sunny to wet and malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri sloppy, giving us a chance to test the new XT product’s performance when it was loaded up with wet loam malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri and mud. Not surprisingly it never faltered. During my two days of slamming the bike around, I was unable to produce a single mis-shift. To put it mildly, the new shimano drivetrain will literally alter the way you malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri ride your bike forever.

I’ll start with the big change: hyperglide+. I have yet to experience shifts on another drivetrain that malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri can compare to the smooth, crisp and surefooted feelings experienced with both XTR and XT. Being able to shift under load both up and down malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri changes the way you ride, and encourages you to grab gears out of or into malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri corners that normally wouldn’t be possible. On trails that undulate up and down with punchy climbs malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri followed by short descents, the benefits are even more noticeable. The harder you pedal, the smoother the shifts become. Shimano even let us have at an e-bike they had on display, and hammering through gears in full boost yielded nothing but malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri increased forward momentum. I’m pretty sure I would have broken something shifting and malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri pedaling like that with any other drivetrain, which goes to show how much promise this drivetrain has malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri for the emtb world. While shimano isn’t marketing an e-bike specific product line, all of their products are tested on, and rated for e-bike use.

The brakes are also equally as impressive. Lever feel, modulation and controllable power are all on hand exactly where malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri you want it as a result of the fantastic ergonomics malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri and adjustability. Much like with XTR, the improved servo wave feel at the lever and increased malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri stiffness are immediately noticeable. Both make braking power more consistent and intuitive even on malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri prolonged downhills with high heat build. Even in sloppy conditions where traction was hard to come malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri by, our XT test brakes had power that was easily managed.

The best part? There’s no wait to get product. Shimano has worked tirelessly to make the XT/SLX launch smoother than XTR, with a june 14 start sale date, and product currently in their warehouse. We’re excited to get some prolonged testing in on XTR, XT and even SLX. We look forward to letting you know how the stuff malignant fibrous histiocytoma mri holds up under long term use.

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