If you’ve read this far: bravo! After a brief ride, bombing up and down a shallow incline, the performance of the new 9000 matches Shimano’s claims. Braking is exceptional. Shifting is back to the lighter nature of 7800. The front shifting is simply divine. And while 11-speed is cool, it’s some of the smaller things that show that Shimano is listening to its customers. The wider pedals and new cleat options will help bike fitters in a big way.
The ergonomics of both the mechanical and electronic shifters are better and because reach adjust and installing cables is easier, life with the components will be a cinch. The devil really is in the details and Shimano seems to have focused on them. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of another cog and wide wheels (though that needed to happen). Fortunately Shimano didn’t. A quick ride on the group only has us looking forward to longer rides on 9000.