Component manufacturer Shimano introduces the next evolution of the top of the line Dura-Ace components and wheels. Highlights of this 2017 offering include the syncro shift, power meter, hydro brake options and more.
The new Dura-Ace R9100 series from Shimano was unveiled yesterday during a pre-Tour event in France.
A bluetooth-equipped central processing unit (or brain as it’s being called by Shimano) is the most paramount feature found in this release from the component juggernaut. This unit offers riders the capability to wirelessly customize the shifting preferences of their drivetrains.
Multi-shift speeds can be adjusted with this CPU system as well as the ability of the ‘brain’ to shift multiple gears with a single, long hold of the lever’s button. The system can also switch from manual to syncro shift mode, where the computer will automatically select the rear cog and chainring that offers the most efficient chain line for the desired gear size. In turn, the cyclist can simply run a single shift lever to control both derailleurs.
Three years in the making, the new Dura-Ace is still available with either Di2 electronic or mechanical shifting, but also offers hydraulic road disc brakes as an upgrade option. A new power meter allows users to further integrate the bike’s systems via E-Tube wireless technology. Availability expected in early 2017.
R9100 – Mechanical Road Group, 2,097 grams (4g lighter than 9000) || $2,030
R9100/R9120 – Mechanical Shift/Hydro Brake Road Group|| $2,355
R9150 – Di2 Road Group, 2,051 grams (50g lighter than 9000) || $3,050
R9150/R9170 – Di2/Hydro Brake Road Group || $3,140