The trickle-down effect that we’ve come to expect from Shimano has been confirmed again today: the new 105 boasts many of the benefits of the top-end Dura-Ace groupset.
The embargo ended at 1.00am AEST and you can read about it everywhere: Shimano has revealed a new iteration of the ever-popular 105 groupset. This is the third-in-line ensemble for the road cycling market from the Japanese manufacturer and the upshot is this: cyclists can get a great product for a much lower price than the top-of-the-line offering.
“New Shimano 105 R7000 items will be available on the market around June and will be available in an appealing dual tone black colourway and an additional silver option for more classic bike styles,” explains the press release from Shimano.
The company also explains that much of what can be found on the two product lines above 105 can be found on the new release as the latest 105 comes “with the high-end aesthetic and race characteristics of its Dura-Ace and Ultegra big brothers”.
There are differences in production processes, weight and – crucially – price.
RIDE Media has asked Shimano Australia for a review groupset and we will report on the differences in due course.
To use Shimano parlance, we can summarise the changes as:
- BR-R7070 are “now compatible with ICE TECHNOLOGIES pads”.
- 140mm SM-RT70 are “UCI-compliant”.
- ST-R7020 match the design of ST-R8020.
- R7000 also available in ST-R7025 version.
- ST-R7000 and ST-R7020/25 offer “faster and lighter shifts” than 105 5800.
- The RD-R7000-GS “can accommodate” 11-34.
- CS-R7000 and CS-HG700-11 are better for “gravel, adventure or CX riding”.
What’s this all mean? Essentially this: the new 105 is better than the old 105.
It’s also 57% cheaper than Dura-Ace.
Australian costings in a nutshell
- Shimano Dura-Ace R9100: $2,999
- Shimano Ultegra R8000: $1,749
- Shimano 105 R7000: $1,299