Shimano 11-Speed Dura-Ace Outed?
Floating around the Weight Weenies forum was chatter about some secret documents, Japanese blogs and rumored wireless electronic systems.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of a possible move to 11-speeds by Shimano, but it’s the first time there’s been any sort of visual proof.
Of course, we’ve seen grainy photos from Japanese blogs before that claimed to show the new SRAM XX before it was launched a couple years ago. While we doubt this leak was intentional, the timing is spot on for trumping some other news slated to release this week from a competitor (stay tuned…). Generally, the large manufacturers publicly shy away from leaks on massive new product intros because the news can hurt dealer stocks on existing inventory. Whether this is legit or not is anyone’s guess, but the buzz seems to be pointing toward a yes.
If accurate, the document shown here, which was captured from Michael Vogt’s Twitter stream, it means the 7900 DA group is jumping the 8000-series numbering scheme and moving straight to the 9000’s. It doesn’t show any electronic parts, but does mention bar end (presumably TT/triathlon) shifters and “direct mount” brakes, which could be discs or simply non-dual pivot calipers to save weight. Or they could be aero brakes for TT/Tri bikes. Whatever it means, it’s showing an August timeframe for most parts. If it’s real, look for the pros to be racing on it in the Spring Classics!
What do you think? Coming soon or a farce?
Thanks to Jason for the tip!