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Shimano Unveils DEORE XT for 2015 – Delivers Premium 11-speed Performance

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April 17, 2015 (Osaka, Japan) – With DEORE XT M8000, Shimano has elevated the performance level and options of the industry’s original mountain bike component group to accommodate limitless riding adventures. With DEORE XT M8000, Shimano delivers XTR-level features, premium performance and value.

Shimano Deore XT 2016 technologies  ©  Shimano

Now 11-speed, new DEORE XT M8000 brings powerful, dynamic performance that establishes a new benchmark for mountain bike excellence. With DYNA-SYS11 Shimano encourages modern mountain bikers to ride anywhere with its advanced gearing concept that helps maintain rider efficiency. Designed with both XC and aggressive trail riders in mind, DYNA-SYS11 brings enduring performance thanks to smart materials and enhanced drivetrain stability due to new derailleur and chainring designs.

Crank FC-M8000-2  ©  Shimano

Expanded Rhythm Step gear options
Like its XTR sibling, DEORE XT M8000 offers 1×11, 2×11, and 3×11 crank options to satisfy any type of rider ability level or terrain. New 2×11 and 3×11 M8000 drivetrains, expand range while maintaining even better rhythm when paired with an 11-40T cassette for optimized cadence control. An exciting addition for DEORE XT M8000 is a 1×11 specific 11-42T cassette that expands Shimano’s 1×11 gear range slightly over the race inspired 11-40T of XTR.

Cassette CS-M8000  ©  Shimano

– HG-X11 specific tooth profile
– Aluminum spider
– Aluminum (40T/42T) and steel cogs
– Rhythm Step progression
– 11-13-15-17-19-21-24-27-31-35-40
– 11-13-15-17-19-21-24-28-32-37-42

DEORE XT cranks Rider Tuned for any terrain
DEORE XT M8000 cranks feature Rider Tuned 11-speed gearing that will take you anywhere you want to go. Whatever option you choose, new materials provide consistent long-life shifting performance and chain management.

Crank FC-M8000-1  ©  Shimano

The DYNAMIC CHAIN ENGAGEMENT (DCE) 1×11 tooth profile in new XTR and DEORE XT groups increases chain retention force by 150%, drastically decreasing dropped chains. Stainless steel chain ring teeth provide long life and lasting chain retention.
All new DEORE XT cranks turn on an updated bottom bracket that reduces weight and bearing drag while improving mud durability.

Crank FC-M8000  FC-M8000-3  ©  Shimano

– Most advanced DEORE XT chainrings ever produced
– Long wearing and great shifting
– Carbon/stainless steel construction (outer or middle ring)
– Offered in 30T, 32T, and 34T
– True Trail 2×11
– Optimized gear combination for improving shifting quality and driving efficiency
– Offered in 34-24T, 36-26T, 38-28T
– Bold 3×11 for the lowest gear and widest range ever produced
– Offered in 40-30-22T
– Chainline +3mm outboard cranks offered for 148 OLD hubs
– +3mm outboard chain line
– 1×11 with 30T, 32T, and 34T
– 2×11 with 36-26T
– New bottom bracket
– Press fit and threaded options
– Improved durability
– Reduced seal drag
– Lighter weight

Redesigned, lighter action derailleurs
Both the front and rear DEORE XT M8000 derailleurs receive a complete makeover.
The DEORE XT M8000 rear derailleur features Shimano’s pioneering Shadow RD + technology and a refined geometry for increased stability. The Shadow RD + is also now more easily adjustable for either maximum stability or lower shift effort.

Rear Derailleur RD-M8000-SGS  ©  Shimano

– New Shadow design with optimized, shallow slant angle
– Extremely low profile design
– Reduced shift effort
– Improved driving and shifting stability
– External adjusting clutch tension
– 1×11 and 2×11 compatible GS and 3×11 compatible SGS options
– High efficiency pulleys
– Direct mount compatible

Debuted on XTR M9000, the DEORE XT Side Swing front derailleur brings a drastic reduction in shift effort while also increasing tire clearance.

Front Derailleur FD-M8020-D  ©  Shimano

– FD-M8020 2×11 and FD-M8000 3×11 options
– Light, crisp shift action
– New structure with current mounting options and new cable routing
– High clamp, Low clamp, D-type, E-type (without plate)
– Increased tire clearance allows for shorter chainstays
– Designed with long travel trail bikes in mind

DEORE XT shifters enhance feel, ergonomics, reduce shift effort
Shimano’s new DEORE XT M8000 shifters feature improved ergonomics and longer, textured levers that create an enhanced interface between rider and controls and decrease shift effort. MULTI RELEASE shifting increases trail capability while Vivid indexing guarantees shift accuracy.

Shift Lever SL-M8000-R  ©  Shimano

– 20% lower shift effort with new OPTISLICK cable
– Improved vivid index mechanism
– New ergonomics
– Textured levers
– Multi / Instant and 2-WAY release

Industry-standard braking is even better
DEORE XT hydraulic disc brakes are the industry benchmark for affordable high performance. With M8000, Shimano retains that standard while upgrading with a new, integrated master cylinder. This gives a sleeker look, saves weight and frees up valuable handlebar space.

Brake Lever BL-M8000  ©  Shimano

– Trail rated for power
– Servo Wave levers offer high power and short stroke
– Integrated master cylinder is lighter, cleaner and more durable
– Refined Servo Wave for improved feel and feedback
– Narrow clamp band offers increased adjustment
– Free stroke and tool-free reach adjust

Caliper BR-M8000  ©  Shimano

Lighter, wider rimmed DEORE XT Race and Trail wheels
The WH-M8000-TL-275/29 and WH-M8020-TL-275/29 offer new tubeless-ready aluminum rims in 20mm and 24mm internal width respectively. Each rim provides a wider platform for modern mountain bike tires while also saving 40 grams over previous models. All wheel sets use 28 butted spokes both front and rear.

Wheel WH-M8000-TL-R12  ©  Shimano

– Tubeless aluminum options
– Trail (WH-M8020) with 24C tubeless rim
– Race (WH-M8000) with 20C tubeless rim
– New lightweight hubs feature
– 28 butted spokes front and rear
– Hand-built Shimano quality

DEORE XT pedals offer wider, redesigned platform
Shimano’s new PD-M8000 Race and PD-M8020 Trail pedals offer legendary SPD performance that improves the rider experience at this vital connection point. With increased stability and contact area over the previous generation, power, control and confidence are improved.

Pedal PD-M8020  ©  Shimano

– Race (PD-M8000) and Trail (PD-M8020) models
– 2.8mm wider platform increases stability PD-M8000 (vs PD-M780)
– 3.3mm wider platform increases stability PD-M8020 (vs PD-M785)
– Lower platform height by 0.5mm
– Increased pedal-to-shoe contact area improves efficiency
– PD-M8000 Race: 7.7% more contact (vs PD-M780)
– PD-M8020 Trail: 11.7% more contact (vs PD-M785)

Shimano also introduces new mountain bike crank and thru-axle offerings
Shimano also introduced several new mountain bike drivetrain components that demonstrate its continued advancement in component design and leadership in emerging industry standards. The company announced a new XTR FC-M9020-B1 crank for 148 OLD hubs compatibility, a non-series 2×11 mountain bike crank (FC-MT700) and new lighter, hollow thru axles. These items bring the latest Shimano technology to mountain bikers adopting new standards such as 148 OLD hubs as well as broaden the appeal of Shimano’s 11-speed mountain bike drivetrains.

XTR FC-M9020-B1 offers 1×11 crank for 148 OLD hubs
In support of the148 OLD hubs rear axle/drivetrain standard, Shimano offers its XTR M9020 cranks in a “B” version with a 1×11 chainring. This new crank option adds to the XT M8000 B crank and provides now the third new crank from Shimano with 148 OLD hubs compatibility. Featuring Shimano’s unique 3D hollow structure and a +3mm chainline, the XTR FC-M9020-B1 is perfect for XC and trail bikes.

– 148 OLD hubs compatible XTR premium performance
– +3mm chainline
– Offered in 1×11 chainring
– 30T, 32 rings offered

FC-MT700 cranks create more affordable 11-speed, Rider Tuned gearing options
To compliment both of Shimano’s premium 11-speed mountain bike groups, Shimano is now offering the non-series, 11-speed compatible FC-MT700 crank. This cranks helps Shimano offer its Rhythm Step-geared, Rider Tuned cranks to more riders at an even lower price. HOLLOWTECH II crank arms and Shimano’s 70-degree spider arms offer light weight and rigidity. New 3D chain rings with composite construction offer exceptional shifting.

– Composite chainring construction
– Long wearing and great shifting
– Durable plated aluminum teeth
– Trail double
– 36-26T
– 10T gear step for smooth shifts and no loss of momentum

Shimano introduces new rear E-THRU axle for mountain bikes
In the pursuit of continued refinement to its mountain bike component ranges, Shimano offers new, hollow E-THRU axles with a built in tension adjuster that allow riders to adjust lever position and clamping force while simplifying frame design. SM-AX78-B and SM-AX58-B provide easy, stable operation and secure fixing force. An optimized thread pitch makes for quick wheel changes and the hollow aluminum axle saves weight.

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