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What to expect with the latest Shimano 105 R7000 groupset

Today’s road riders demand much more than pure on-the-rivet speed. They expect comfort, control and
versatility from their bikes, and enjoyment and goal achievement to boot. 105 level riders expect the
latest pro-level features but they also want to do more with their bike than racing and training.

So step forward the new 105 R7000 generation with customizable disc or rim brakes and wider cassette options to help you remain in comfort and control wherever you’re riding.

 

Shimano 105 R7000 groupset: Silver colour option
Shimano 105 R7000 groupset: Dual tone black colour option

 

Key features and improvements

The Shimano 105 R7000 focuses primarily on aesthetics and racing capabilities targeting riders who use their bikes for other purposes besides competitive racing.

The latest Shimano 105 is a first level 11-speed groupset designed for road bike riding. This was the inspiration that led Shimano to include superior handling and adaptable control in the R7000. It will help the riders master the different riding situations.

The Shimano 105 now includes disc brakes to the series line up for the first time. The new flat-mount BR-R7070 callipers are compatible with brake pads from ICE TECHNOLOGIES. Besides, they’re also UCI-compliant with SM-RT70 rotors. The new SM-RT70 rotors also come in a new 140mm size.

 

ST-R7000, ST-R7020 and ST-R7025 Dual-Control Levers

The dual control mechanical shift/brake levers have been given an ergonomic makeover. 2018-2019 Shimano 105 R7000 Groupset. Photo: Shimano

 

The new ergonomically shaped Hydraulic dual control levers (ST-R7020) offers improved and more efficient braking. The ST-R7020 also matches the design characteristics of the Ultegra ST-R8020 levers.

Additionally, it includes improvements in reach adjustment ranges for different hand sizes. The Shimano 105 also offers enhanced customizability with a version of dual control brake/gear lever (ST-R7025) to better suit riders with smaller hands.

Also, the redesigned gear shifts such as rim brake levers (ST-R7000) and disc brake levers (ST-R7020/25) delivers lighter shifts with shorter strokes. The front derailleur has a toggle pivot design, higher tire clearance as well an integrated cable tension adjustment port.

The new rear derailleur uses Shimano’s low-profile Shadow parallelogram design. Shimano claims the design reduces crash vulnerability and improves shift performance.

 

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The long cage rear derailleur RD-R7000-GS (optional) is capable to easily accommodate up to an 11-34T cassette.  The rear derailleur has a low profile SHIMANO SHADOW RD style, which stays underneath the cassette and chainstay.

 

Additional upgrades

Other additional upgrades include a new mid-compact 52-36T crankset, to add to the 50-34T and 53-39T cranksets. The new 11-30 (CS-R7000) and a 10-speed 11-34 cassette (CS-HG700-11) options offer better riding experience on gravel or cyclocross riding. In addition, the inner crank ring’s new position minimizes the effects of cross chaining or chain drop.

Tim Gerrits, product manager at Shimano Europe says “Increased control and reaction were two points we concentrated developments on, combined with what people have always expected from 105, great versatility and value for riders. With 105’s suitability for a large portion of today’s diverse road bike styles, we hope to unlock the potential of where and what it’s possible to ride on a road bike.”

The new Shimano 105 R7000 items will be on sale by June. It will come in an appealing dual tone black and silver colour options.

Photography: Shimano

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