TECH: Shimano launches all-new XT series

The new XT series includes features such as Shimano’s groundbreaking 12-speed micro spline cassette sprockets with either a 10-45T or 10-51T range, 1×12 or 2×12 HOLLOWTECH II cranksets, powerful 2-piston or 4-piston brakes, fully adjustable ISPEC-EV shifters, 12-speed precision-shifting front and rear derailleurs, rapidly cooling ICE TECH FREEZA rotors and complete XC or Enduro wheelsets, all perfected for today’s mountain bikers.

XT Cranksets

The new DEORE XT 1X12 crankset features HOLLOWTECH II crank arms with an integrated bottom bracket axle and hollow crank arm. Chainrings come with a Dynamic Chain Engagement+ tooth profile, which, with its narrow/wide teeth, is key to the improved chain retention, smoothness, and quietness of the drivetrain. For secure and fast mounting of the chainring, the crank has a direct mount system to simplify how chainrings are changed. The crankset comes with 28T, 30T, 32T, 34T and 36T chainring options, interchangeable with XTR and SLX rings, has crank length options of 165mm, 170mm, 175mm, and 180mm. DEORE XT cranksets are available for three chain lines. Weights range from 620g to 636g (32T, 175mm w/o BB)

The DEORE XT 2X12 HOLLOWTECH II 36-26T crankset offers the ultimate range when matched with the 10-45T cassette, maximizing the possibilities on all sorts of terrain whilst maintaining small gear steps for a consistent cadence. Weights range from 654g to 672g.

XT Cassette

DEORE XT12-speed cassettes come with the MICRO SPLINE fitting system and are available in a 10-45T option for small gear steps or a 10-51T option for maximum range. Both cassettes also feature HYPERGLIDE+, allowing for quick up and downshifts and an extremely quiet drivetrain. The cassettes have an aluminum spider to house ten steel sprockets and two aluminum sprockets for optimum durability and weight. The 10-51T cassette weighs 470g and the 10-45T option weighs 461g.

XT Chain

The new DEORE XT 12-speed HG chain has been redesigned with an extended inner plate to improve chain engagement and retention and comes with chromized roller link plates for enhanced durability and smoother and faster shifting both up and down the cassette. Weight: 252g (113 links)

XT Derailleurs

Coming in either single or double chainring variants, the DEORE XT rear derailleur enables precise and quick shifting over a huge gear range. Both derailleurs feature SHIMANO SHADOW RD+ positioning, bump stoppers, and 13T pulley wheels to make rides quieter and more enjoyable. Rear derailleurs weights range from 284g to 290g. The DEORE XT front derailleur comes in one specification for both 48.8mm & 51.8mm chain lines but is available for D-type, E-type or M-type mountings. Front derailleur weights range from 106g to 114g depending on the type.

XT Shifters

With side adjustment and rotational adjustment options the ISPEC-EV shifters, which bolt neatly to the brake lever, offer solutions for tailoring the riding feel. Rubber padding on the paddles and a two-way release enhances shifting even further. The right-hand shifter uses a multi-release feature to quickly dump cassette gears. For riders using a 2×12 set-up, a MONO lever on the left shifts the front derailleur both up and down. DEORE XT shifters are also available in a clamp band version. Shifter weights range from 73g to 120g depending on the type.

XT Brakes

DEORE XT brake calipers are available in an XC-specific 2-piston version or a Trail/Enduro 4-piston version. The 2-piston version shares the same design as the previous XT M8000 version, which means the previous resin brake pads or metal pads are compatible, whereas the 4-piston version is a new completely new construction drawn from the XTR M9100 design, sharing the same resin or metal finned pads. The DEORE XT brake levers work with both the XC and Trail/Endurocalipers and come equipped with Shimano’s SERVO WAVE system for quicker engagement, improved power and a shorter free stroke. The brake levers are now angled in two positions against the handlebar for a stiffer brake sensation. The levers also feature a reach adjust dial and a free stroke adjustment screw for simple brake tune-ups on the trail. XC style brake kits with rotors and brake pads weigh 392g and Enduro style brake kits weigh 410g including rotors and pads.

XT Rotors

The redesigned DEORE XT-level ICE TECH FREEZA rotors are designed to maximize cooling, resulting in consistent brake performance and longer lasting brake pads. A sandwiched aluminum core, fused in a durable steel outer layer, dissipates heat via the heat fins in the center. Sizes available are 140mm (88g), 160mm (109g), 180mm (132g) and 203mm (164g).

XT Wheels

Unlike the XTR series, the Shimano DEORE XT series offers complete 27.5″ and 29” wheels for XC and Trail/Enduro riding. The XC wheels offer a 24mm wide tubeless ready, fully closed rim bed for tyres up to 2.35”. The 28 double-butted straight-pull spokes offer a perfect mix of stiffness and weight for fast XC riding. 27.5″ weighing in at 1764g, and 29″ set weighing in at 1840g. The Trail/Enduro wheels offer a 30mm internal rim width made for tyres up to 2.6”. Rear hubs come with zero-dish and the aluminum rims take 28 J-bend spokes to keep these tubeless wheels strong yet light for aggressive riders and riding conditions. 27.5″ weighs 1846g, 29″ weighs 1932g. Both the XC and Trail/Enduro rear wheels feature E-THRU axles (15mm front, 12mm rear), 148mm widths and come with Shimano’s MICRO SPLINE cassette interface on the rear hubs. Individual DEORE XT front hubs and FREEHUBs are also available in widths of 100mm and 142mm, 110mm and 148mm, and 157mm.

XT Pedals

Shimano XT – durability and performance for today’s mountain bikers

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