Shimano goes to 11 with new Dura-Ace

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published May. 31, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM EDT
The new rear derailleur is slimmer than older Dura-Ace models. The new finish is fetching. Neither of the derailleurs are backwards compatible. Photo: Nick Legan

Overall impressions

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.

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Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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