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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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Tyler’s Wish List

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Yep, it’s that time of year once again. While we debated about doing a more categorical gift guide this year, offering ideas for mountain bikers, roadies, commuters, etc., truth be told, we started that discussion a little late. So, we’re sticking with our usual format of individual wish lists where each of us picks our favorite things from the past year. Things we think would make great gifts, but also sort of an unofficial Editor’s Choice. Most of the stuff you’ll see in our lists over the next couple weeks are things we’ve actually tested and used and can recommend in good faith. But, inevitably, there’ll be a few that we simply lust after. And while the focus of Bikerumor is the products and gear, we were very fortunate to have been included on several events this year that focused more on the experience than the parts, and its no surprise that those are the ones we remember most fondly. So, once again, we’ll start with an experience before diving into the products…

EXPERIENCE

Riding in Iceland. If Bergur’s video wasn’t enough to make you want to go, maybe the pic above will, too. And I’ve got a feature coming up highlighting my trip there with the Lauf guys to test their GRIT gravel fork. The riding is awesome, but the team at Lauf is what made the past two trips there incredible. It’s like a guy’s weekend that includes great riding, a little adventure, amazing scenery and lots of beer. Good Lord, so much beer. I’m fortunate in that all of the planning was done for me, but there are companies like Made In Mountains and Ice Bike Adventures (both recommended by locals) that’ll help you plan something incredible. So grab some friends, drop the excuses and just go make memories.

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Yep, it’s that time of year once again. While we debated about doing a more categorical gift guide this year, offering ideas for mountain bikers, roadies, commuters, etc., truth be told, we started that discussion a little late. So, we’re sticking with our usual format of individual wish lists where each of us picks our […]

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IB16: Blue revamps Triad tri bike, adds gravel & very affordable carbon road bikes, more

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We’ve mentioned the tumultuous ownership changes Blue Competition Cycles has undergone over the past few years. Started in Georgia by a few passionate cyclists, the brand was acquired by an investment firm before finally being purchased by the actual manufacturing partner that was making their bikes. That factory, located in Taiwan, also builds bikes for other major brands. Their stated goal for Blue is to use it as a showcase brand for what they can do.

That said, many of their models carry over with simple spec updates, which is fine since their bikes were already good. That, and they showed off several new items at PressCamp this summer.

For interbike, three items headlined the immediate changes. First up is the all-new Triad SL Elite triathlon bike. Priced at $8,888, the biggest difference is an integrated front brake inside a nose cone, behind which is a redesigned front end to better match the new shaping up front…

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We’ve mentioned the tumultuous ownership changes Blue Competition Cycles has undergone over the past few years. Started in Georgia by a few passionate cyclists, the brand was acquired by an investment firm before finally being purchased by the actual manufacturing partner that was making their bikes. That factory, located in Taiwan, also builds bikes for […]

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EB16: Cannondale Bad Habit Carbon 27.5+ hits the trails, Lefty upgrade kit & monstrous Moterra e-MTB hits USA

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We saw the Cannondale Bad habit carbon at PressCamp, but got a second look with a few more details at Eurobike…where we also peeked inside the Lefty’s new air spring upgrade kit and saw the new-to-North America Moterra e-bike, a full suspension pedal assist that’s ready to rip.

The Bad Habit Carbon 1 (shown) gets new Cannondale 40mm internal width carbon Hollowgram wheels made for 3.0 tires. It gets the Lefty XLR, a Shimano XTR/XT mix with Hollowgram SiSL SpideRings for $5,500. The Bad Habit Carbon 2 gets WTB scraper rims, Lefty PBR, and SRAM X1 wth Si cranks for $4,800…

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We saw the Cannondale Bad habit carbon at PressCamp, but got a second look with a few more details at Eurobike…where we also peeked inside the Lefty’s new air spring upgrade kit and saw the new-to-North America Moterra e-bike, a full suspension pedal assist that’s ready to rip. The Bad Habit Carbon 1 (shown) gets […]

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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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