Shimano 2015 DEORE XT is now 11-speed!
Togoparts Editorial Team | 16th Apr 2015 | NEWS
OSAKA (April 15, 2015) – With DEORE XT M8000, Shimano has elevated the performance level and options of the industry’s original mountain bike component group to accommodate limitless riding adventures. With DEORE XT M8000, Shimano delivers XTR-level features, premium performance and value.
Now 11-speed, the new DEORE XT M8000 offers unique drivetrain solutions, including modular crankarms and the addition of a more trail focused 1x11 with an expanded 11-42T Rhythm Step cassette. DEORE XT remains the go-to option for XC, trail and enduro riders and racers. Major improvements like redesigned derailleurs, lighter and wider-rimmed wheels and new M8000 brake levers are coupled with improvements in durability and smooth performance from a refined bottom bracket, and SIL-TEC treatments –all showcasing Shimano’s systems engineering approach and elevating DEORE XT to a new level.
Expanded Rhythm Step gear options
Like its XTR sibling, DEORE XT M8000 offers 1x11, 2x11, and 3x11 crank options to satisfy any type of rider ability level or terrain. An exciting addition for DEORE M8000 is a 1x11 specific 11-42T cassette that expands Shimano’s 1x11 gear range slightly over the race inspired 11-40T of XTR. New 2x11 and 3x11 M8000 drivetrains, expand range while maintaining even better rhythm when paired with an 11-40T cassette for optimized cadence control.
• HG-X11 specific tooth profile
• Aluminum spider
• Aluminum (40T/42T) and steel cogs
• Rhythm Step progression
-11-42T is not optimized for 2x11 and 3x11 drivetrains
DEORE XT cranks Rider Tuned for any terrain
DEORE XT FC-M8000 cranks offer the ability to mix-and-match chain rings on the same crank. For race days and the trails riders know intimately, a focused 1x11 drivetrain can save weight and clean up a handlebar. But for those times where exploration takes priority over speed, Shimano’s close step 2x11 offers the range for more varied riding environments. Fortunately, the FC-M8000 crank can run both 1x11 or 2x11 DEORE XT chainrings on its 176mm q-factor crankarms and be changed when desired.