Following over half a decade of proven Di2 electronic shifting systems, Shimano introduces XTR M9050 Di2, the world’s first production electronic mountain bike shifting system. An electronic shifting option for Shimano’s new 11-speed XTR M9000 mechanical mountain bike
components, XTR Di2 redefines how mountain bikers can control and personalise the way they ride through the proven Di2 digital platform.
Shimano XTR M9050 Di2 electronic shifting integrates with XTR M9000 mechanical components in a variety of Race or Trail “Rider Tuned” 1x, 2x, or 3x drivetrain configurations. The new 11-speed XTR M9000 drivetrain introduces Rhythm Step gearing which provides range and ensures rhythm, no matter the rider or terrain. With the additional efficiency, new shifting options and personalisation of the digital Di2 system, riders now can control their ride like never before.…View More
With a victory in the GP7-hour competition, Callum McNamara from Canberra is the new elite solo men’s series leader of the SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix. More than 250 racers participated at Round 2, which was held at the James Estate Winery in the Upper Hunter Valley. Max Richardson from the Central Coast came in second and Jason Pearce from Sydney was in third. In the women’s solo elite category, Laura Renshaw won her first GP7 Hour event ahead of new series leader and fellow Novocastrian Kirby Knowles and Deb Davies from Weston near Cessnock. In the popular GP4 Hour race, Paris Basson from Narrabeen took out first place in the elite men’s and Brook Rowlands from Canberra won the women’s category.
It was the second mountain bike event to be held at the James Estate Winery after the inaugural SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix race there last year. The efforts of the winery’s General Manager and trail builder Graeme Scott and the team didn’t get unnoticed as riders from all over NSW and the ACT praised the 10km race track, which led them through more than 5km of fast and flowy bush single tracks and then straight through the vineyards and the actual winery, past the cellar door and across beautiful meadows with scenic views of the Upper Hunter Valley.…View More
SHIMANO DEFINES A NEW RHYTHM FOR RACE AND TRAIL RIDERS WITH NEW XTR M9000 MOUNTAIN BIKE COMPONENTS AND WHEELS
Shimano today introduced new XTR M9000, its most advanced XTR mountain bike components and wheels to date. With this totally new XTR line available in both Race and Trail
“Rider Tuned” product families, Shimano leverages its 22 years of engineering leadership producing the industry’s highest performing mountain bike component group. Inspired by the versatility and capability of today’s riders and the terrain they tackle, M9000 offers refined and tested solutions engineered for the way they ride.…View More
Andrew Lloyd, runner up in last year’s 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike World Championship, won the SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix endurance race on Saturday at Awaba MTB Park near Newcastle. Lloyd completed an impressive 13 laps in just over seven hours and won against a strong Elite Men’s field and also took out the line honours of the overall race win. Newcomer Kirby Knowles from Boolaroo claimed the women’s title. In the four competition the locals challenged the Canadian National Marathon Champion Cory Wallace. After a tight race, Wallace took out the win just three minutes ahead of Erina’s Bradley Jolliffe and Tristan Gribble from Merewether. The hotly contested female category saw Lana Moy from Collaroy dominate the field, winning ahead of Susanna Fasold and Leah Childs.
The local club Hunter MTB Alliance hosted the first round of this year’s SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix endurance racing series on their trail network at Awaba MTB Park on Saturday. A field of 300 riders wasn’t scared off by the rain in the event lead up and organisers Rocky Trail Entertainment put on a 10 km racing circuit, which included some reverse trail configurations. “It’s all about keeping it interesting and fun for our riders”, explained race director Martin Wisata ahead of the race start. “We love racing at Awaba and together with the local club we tried to mix it up a bit this year. A lot of regular Rocky Trail racers are at the start today and quite a few new faces, which is very exciting.”…View More
Rolling into the Ourimbah Mountain bike area and it is busy, wall to wall team tents and bikes going every which way. There is a large line-up at registration, this isn’t unfamiliar though, Rocky Trail Entertainment have built on their Grand Prix Series since 2009 and it is now one of the most popular events on the mountain bike calendar. I reach the rego table and Juliane from RTE confirms the big number of rider entries, it is around 300.
There is the usual scurry around to get prepared for the next four hours of racing, finding a clear patch of dirt beside the trail I place my bottles next to other riders from WSMTB. I pull out the chosen bike for the day and now that I’m here I second guess the choice of a hard-tail. While the Ourimbah trail has plenty of flow, it is technically demanding with rocks and roots to bounce off, hopefully the 29er wheels can just do their thing. I scuff the dirt with my shoe, it looks pretty dry up in the transition area, there were a few questions leading up to the weekend, re the weather but it looks the goods for at least the top sections of trail. …View More
It’s around every three years that a component group at Shimano will see a update and many thought that this release would be the big change. Speculation led many to believe perhaps a electronic driven drive train or perhaps a move more toward eleven speed with XTR groupset due for it’s overhall.
There is no indication of a new groupset here although there are some adjustments to XTR however the release also focuses on some of the gaps in the market introducing some 27.5 wheelsets and indeed lighter wheelsets on the whole. … Read on