Navel gazing about Shimano product launches is one of our favourite pastimes here at BikeRadar.
But it’s not without good reason – along with SRAM, key launches from the brand are the biggest news in cycling tech, shaping trends in the industry as a whole.
2021 saw the release of two new road groupsets from Shimano – Dura-Ace R9200 and Ultegra R8100 – with both being significant updates that provide some insight into Shimano’s overall strategy for the next few years.
Product updates are often cyclical and, with that in mind, I’ve pooled together the BikeRadar team’s knowledge of Shimano gear past and present, to decide on the five key products I want to see from the brand in 2022. 1. Shimano 105 Di2
Shimano’s update to the Dura-Ace and Ultegra road groupsets was the biggest tech news of 2021.
Among other refinements, this saw both move to 12-speed and, for the first time, both were offered solely as an electronic Di2 groupset at launch.
Previously, both the mechanical and electronic versions of Shimano’s road bike groupsets would typically be released concurrently – but, unless there’s something of a U-turn, mechanical groupsets are dead as far as the brand’s two top road drivetrains are concerned.SRAM has made similar moves in recent years, seemingly ditching its mechanical groupsets by stealth, while updating its electronic RED eTap AXS groupset in 2019 .SRAM then added the cheaper Force groupset to the eTap AXS family shortly after, with the third-tier Rival eTap AXS following in 2021.The next groupset […]