As you know SRAM recently released the formidable 12 speed Eagle drive train, abolishing the front mech and setting themselves as the forward thinker in the transmission world.
But in a slightly uncharacteristic move Shimano has pulled off a hell of a move.
We knew their recent silence wouldn’t last.
SHIMANO’S SAMURAI CHOPS THE EAGLE’S WINGS OFF
In the last few years, we’ve seen some kind of Tortoise and Hare race between SRAM and Shimano – but it looks like Shimano want to remind every one that they are firmly back up there.
The enormous 10-54 gear range offers a 540% gear range – that’s 40% more than SRAM’s already impressive offering. You don’t need a heavy electric motor and battery to get up those horrible climbs – just a Shimano 14 speed XT Samurai cassette!
Shimano also claim a smoother gear transition with their Rhythm Step™ technology – the extra range of their cassette improves the shifting between sprockets.
“More is definitely less” added a Shimano spokesperson. “When you experience the incredibly smooth shifting between gears – even under power – you won’t even have to justify your next purchase, as we’re offering 14 speed at the unbeatable XT price point first. We didn’t bother showing up at the start line this time – we’ve gone straight to the finish line”
The thing we want to know though, is why Shimano have entered 14 speed at the XT price point? Shimano are renowned for entering new technology at their premium XTR level, and later filtering down.
Are they trying to be different deliberately?
Or are they just trying to nip the dinner-plate-cassette war in the bud?
Either way – it seems they’ve been at it for a long time…