So here’s a thing. Shimano have just announced that their core 105 road groupset has gone to 11 speed, with parts availability looking to come in from May 2014 onwards (don’t ask me to define a model year – 2014? 2015? – I don’t know!).
‘So what’ I hear you cry! Fair point, this is a mountain bike website after all. Well, it so happens that they have also got what they call a flat-bar shifter in the range…
Think about that for a moment. In mountain bike parlance, Shimano now make an 11 speed trigger shifter which means for anyone considering a 1×11 set-up there is now an option beyond the stratospherically expensive SRAM XX1 11-speed system.
OK, so you’d need to run Shimano’s 11 speed cassette (available with a 11-32 cog spread), and you’d most likely need to run the 105 rear derailleur, but since this ‘road’ kit tends to be tested by crazy cyclocross racers I’m reasonably certain it would hold up for us weekend warriors on MTBs.
I’m just wondering how long it will be before this logic filters down to mountain bikers, or if the availability of an 11-speed trigger shifter means more 11 speed goodness is in the pipeline for us fairly soon.