Shimano XT Shadow Plus Spotted at PressCamp

Picture c. Richard Cunningham - Pinkbike
Picture c. Richard Cunningham - Pinkbike

Not too long ago, when Shimano introduced the new SLX group, the big story was the inclusion of an SLX level Shadow Plus rear derailleur. Oddly, also included in the press release as a simple byline in a sea of text was the fact that there would also be a Shadow Plus derailleur at XT lever, though any photos were conspicuously absent. To our knowledge, the XT version of the Shawdow Plus was a bit of a ghost until now.

Recently, when Pinkbike got the run down of GT’s 2013 bike line up at this year’s press camp, RC snapped a photo of the 2013 Carbon Zaskar 29, which happened to be equipped with what certainly looks like a production version of the XT Shadow Plus. By appearances alone, it appears to be what we all expected, a standard XT derailleur with the addition of Shimano’s excellent one way clutch system to keep the chain quiet, and in control.

With the addition of the new Saint and Zee groups, that means that there are now 5(!) different levels of Shadow Plus – Saint, Zee, XTR, XT, and SLX. Will we see a Shadow Plus Deore level derailleur in the future? Who knows. What we do know is that the Shadow Plus system works. Now with so many options, it should be easier for riders to get one on their bike to see for themselves.



Not too long ago, when Shimano introduced the new SLX group, the big story was the inclusion of an SLX level Shadow Plus rear derailleur. Oddly, also included in the press release as a simple byline in a sea of text was the fact that there would also be a Shadow Plus derailleur at XT […]

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Lifeboat Events Adds Urban PressCamp – Focus on Bicycle Commuting at Bike Summit in Washington, DC

Lifeboat Events, the company that puts on DealerCamp and PressCamp has added a third event to focus on the increasing market and importance of bicycle commuting and transportation: Urban PressCamp. It’ll be held just prior to the annual Bike Summit in Washington, DC, in March and connect media (which hopefully includes Bikerumor…hint, hint, Lance) with cycling brands that focus on transportation and commuting with their product lines.  Full press release after the break…

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Lifeboat Events, the company that puts on DealerCamp and PressCamp has added a third event to focus on the increasing market and importance of bicycle commuting and transportation: Urban PressCamp. It’ll be held just prior to the annual Bike Summit in Washington, DC, in March and connect media (which hopefully includes Bikerumor…hint, hint, Lance) with […]

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Bike PressCamp Begins

Bike PressCamp begins tonight with a little social and dinner, where we get to meet up with other journalists and manufacturers. Over the next few days, we’ll get a first look at new products and tech…including the much anticipated 2011 XTR!

Above, the schwag awaiting me in my hotel room: new Clif Crunch granola bars; EFX holographic balance doodads; Camelbak lightweight hydration pack, bottles and elixir drink tabs; custom Sugoi jersey; Ridley t-shirt, DeFeet socks and arm warmers, Knog light and it was all stuffed inside a totally rad Knog The Dog messenger bag!

And this comes hot on the heels of Cannondale’s press camp…good times. Stay tuned…



Bike PressCamp begins tonight with a little social and dinner, where we get to meet up with other journalists and manufacturers. Over the next few days, we’ll get a first look at new products and tech…including the much anticipated 2011 XTR! Above, the schwag awaiting me in my hotel room: new Clif Crunch granola bars; […]

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Am I not Specialized? Dispatches from the Sequoia adventure bike launch

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Editor’s Note: Yes, this is a long story, but it’s awesome. Even the Specialized folks liked it. *wipes nervous sweat from brow* But if you want just the tech facts (plus claimed weights and more), we have a Cliff’s Notes version here with additional info.

The first words out of anyone and everyone’s mouth when they got wind that I was at a Specialized product launch called “Adventure Camp” (aside from “Wait…wtf?!”) were, with few exceptions, “You drink the kool-aid yet?”

And the answer is: “Is that what the kids are calling moonshine these days?  Because in that case, yes… yes I did.” In fact…I drank so much of it the first night that I literally punched myself unconscious. Fist to head… head to pillow… Woke up with a throbbing temple and no clue where I was. Look, I’m not saying I have issues. I’m just saying… that… there’s like… this friend of mine, right? And he… like… sometimes, like… punches himself? In the face? To, like… stop… feeling so much? And he’s like… totally not me. Totally.

And sure, maybe there was a little kool-aid passed around during the initial presentation of the bikes and products the next morning; a story about how Specialized was born and bred on adventure and how the direction of the company had been hijacked by popular cycling… ostensibly pulled in a direction it had never intended to go by the uncontrollable tides of public opinion. But that was a mercifully brief offering. We’d heard these stories before, in their various iterations. What we really wanted to know was “When are we going to get to go ride bikes and shit?”

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Editor’s Note: Yes, this is a long story, but it’s awesome. Even the Specialized folks liked it. *wipes nervous sweat from brow* But if you want just the tech facts (plus claimed weights and more), we have a Cliff’s Notes version here with additional info. The first words out of anyone and everyone’s mouth when they got […]

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Fishing for fun on the bike? Check out Tenkara USA’s collapsible fly rods

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New at PressCamp this year was an Outdoor segment, with brands in the hiking, running, camping and related spaces showing off their goods. Several, like Tenkara USA, made products that fit nicely within the cycling world, and we’ll be featuring those over the next week along with a roundup of other cool new products and tech that sit alongside our bikes.

Tenkara is the traditional Japanese method of fly fishing, using only a pole, line and fly to cast for and catch fish. There’s no reel, and if you exclude the fact that the rod is carbon fiber, no tech. Tenkara USA is about simplicity and minimalism. It’s about using a long rod and a light line. Their rods are light, simple to use, and they fit in a Camelbak…

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New at PressCamp this year was an Outdoor segment, with brands in the hiking, running, camping and related spaces showing off their goods. Several, like Tenkara USA, made products that fit nicely within the cycling world, and we’ll be featuring those over the next week along with a roundup of other cool new products and […]

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Week in Review: 2017 road & mountain bikes, new Dura-Ace unveiled & more!

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We’ve seen a few 2017 models, but this week the floodgates opened. Between announcements flooding our inboxes and our coverage from PressCamp and Eurobike Media Days, tons of new bikes are online. We’re talking major brands like Trek, Giant, Cannondale, Lapierre, Diamondback and more showing what you’ll be riding (or at least thinking about) later this year. There’s also plenty of new gear and tech, as usual, so click on through for links to everything we posted this past week (including a video of a Huffy being thrashed down the double black trails)…

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We’ve seen a few 2017 models, but this week the floodgates opened. Between announcements flooding our inboxes and our coverage from PressCamp and Eurobike Media Days, tons of new bikes are online. We’re talking major brands like Trek, Giant, Cannondale, Lapierre, Diamondback and more showing what you’ll be riding (or at least thinking about) later […]

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PC16: Ridley debuts NOAH SL disc speed machine, Helium SLA with bang for the buck

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Ridley’s decision to move their flagship aero road bike to disc brakes is driven partially by the extreme wet and muddy conditions of the Belgian terrain, but mostly by the philosophy that braking faster allows riders to go faster. Afterall, F1 race teams spend fortunes shaving down their stopping distances, notes Ridley Vice President of International Relations, Richard Wittenberg. As an indicator that the brand is committed to disc, they have re-interpreted their Noah SL to accommodate a flat mount brake system while staying true to the pure race roots of the aero machine.

While the brand may be looking to discs as the future of speed, Ridley has been cooking up several smart gateway products for racers just getting their start, and was able to give us a sneak peak into what we might see this Eurobike…

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Ridley’s decision to move their flagship aero road bike to disc brakes is driven partially by the extreme wet and muddy conditions of the Belgian terrain, but mostly by the philosophy that braking faster allows riders to go faster. Afterall, F1 race teams spend fortunes shaving down their stopping distances, notes Ridley Vice President of International Relations, […]

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Camelbak reservoirs get big updates; Mule, Hawg, and Luxe get the LR treatment, more

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Looking at the current Camelbak product, it’s hard to imagine that the first bladders were inspired by IV bags. In the past 26 years the bladders have seen major updates every 5-6 years, and based on what we’ve seen at PressCamp, the latest generation is the best one yet.

Called the Crux Reservoir, Camelbak has focused on a few key areas to improve the bladder’s usability but also improve the performance of the hydration packs themselves. Combined with new LR versions of their most popular larger packs, Camelbak continues to provide excellent options for hydration…

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Looking at the current Camelbak product, it’s hard to imagine that the first bladders were inspired by IV bags. In the past 26 years the bladders have seen major updates every 5-6 years, and based on what we’ve seen at PressCamp, the latest generation is the best one yet. Called the Crux Reservoir, Camelbak has […]

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Coastline Cycle Company surfs in w/ the Supermoto inspired “One” bike for street, dirt & more

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There are a lot of new bikes out there. There are so many that for a new company to make a splash with a new bike, it really has to be something different. Something, interesting. Something… like the first offering from Coastline Cycle Company.

To call this thing a commuter really isn’t a worthy description, but neither is city bike, or even mountain bike. The brainchild of industry veteran Chad Battistone, Coastline Cycle Company is hoping to capitalize on those looking for a bike that is as fun as it is practical, and ride in with a new wave of affordable yet performance oriented carbon components as well…

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There are a lot of new bikes out there. There are so many that for a new company to make a splash with a new bike, it really has to be something different. Something, interesting. Something… like the first offering from Coastline Cycle Company. To call this thing a commuter really isn’t a worthy description, but […]

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