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Shimano introduces 12 speed XT Di2… for ebikes only, includes new Free Shift & Auto Shift features

Shimano introduces 12 speed XT Di2… for ebikes only, includes new Free Shift & Auto Shift features

It’s finally time for Shimano to introduce 12-speed Di2 for mountain bikes… just maybe not as you’d expect. The new XT Di2 groups are ebike-only,…

Tuesday, Jul 12

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It’s finally time for Shimano to introduce 12-speed Di2 for mountain bikes… just maybe not as you’d expect. The new XT Di2 groups are ebike-only, meaning you’ll have to pair them with one of the new EP6 or EP8 drive units for the group to function properly. That may disappoint some non-e-bikers who have been waiting for an electronic version of Shimano’s 12-speed drivetrains, but on the ebike side, the announcement includes some interesting new tech. Both 11 speed (LinkGlide) and 12 Speed (Hyperglide+) XT Di2 – e-Bike Only

The last time we saw Shimano XT Di2 ( first unveiled in 2016 ), it was 11 speed. There’s still an 11-speed version, but now it’s part of the LinkGlide family. As a refresher, when LinkGlide was introduced, Shimano claimed it resulted in a drivetrain that was 3x more durable . With Deore XT Di2 LinkGlide, you should retain that increased durability, only with the benefits of a modern electronic drivetrain.

Also, while Di2 has not been available for traditional Shimano mountain bike drivetrains since they were 11-speed, Shimano’s e-bike drivetrains have continued to offer a Di2 version which relies on the battery of the e-bike itself for power. That continues here, and possibly why we still aren’t seeing Di2 options for non-e-bikes.

Along with the Di2 addition, Shimano has introduced a new CS-LG700 11-speed cassette for the LinkGlide groups that is a whopping 200g lighter than the previous CS-LG600.

For the most part, the 11-speed LinkGlide and 12-speed Hyperglide+ derailleurs look almost […]

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