New Shimano SLX M7000 groupset goes 11-speed

Sleek makeover and high performance from the best pound-for-pound competitive-level mountain biking cranksets, derailleurs, cassettes, shifters, levers, rotors and hubs on the market.

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The launch of Shimano’s new mid-range off-road SLX groupset brings many of the performance features of DEORE XT with affordability, durability and compatibility to make it suitable for almost every type of mountain biker.

 

Provision for a wide range of MTB riding styles was the focus of the new SLX M7000 design. Three types of riders are catered for within the drivetrain options; those who favour a single chainring 1x11 set up for simplicity, those looking for an optimal 2x11 double chainring set up, or those riders needing the enhanced gear options and convenience coming with a 3x10 speed set up.

 

Drivetrain efficiency


The lightweight and durable 11 speed-compatible FC-M7000-11 chainring (1x11 and 2x11) teeth feature Shimano’s new Dynamic Chain Engagement technology and are designed for the different power outputs delivered in each ring, offering enhanced chain retention, driving rigidity and highly efficient, precise shifting.

 

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In the 2x11 set up, close gear ratio combinations ensure a minimum shifting gap between gears and allow the rider to maintain an efficient rhythm throughout the complete range of gears. Set up options are kept to a chainring capacity of 10-teeth with three options (34-24T, 36-26T and 38-28T). 1x11 riders have the option of 30T, 32T or 34T chainrings to combine with two cassette options (11-40T and 11-42T). B-spec options are also available in double and single ring set ups to ensure chain lines can accommodate 148mm rear hubs.

 

The system solution behind these rider optimized gear combinations is known as DYNA-SYS11, which blends Shimano shifting technologies and designs to allow riders to deliver consistent, efficient power while maintaining traction and momentum.

 

Meanwhile, the 3x10 crankset (FC-M7000-10) with its 40-30-22T tooth profile and DYNA-SYS shifting technology has been designed to give a consistent shifting performance with the most efficient drivetrain and practical gearing for recreational riders anywhere.

 

The new design of the 1x11, 2x11 and 3x10 cranksets is more than just a stunning aesthetics and outstanding mechanical design. Better bottom bracket sealings reduce water and dirt ingress and increase the long-term efficiency of crank rotation.

 

At the rear, lightweight and minimally designed 467g 11-40T cassette sprockets are in line with DYNA-SYS philosophies, allowing the rider to make smooth and precise gear changes and keep riding in the most efficient front driving gear for longer. 1x11 and 2x11 riders also have the option of choosing a wider 11-42T cassette for an expanded low end range. Meanwhile 3x10 riders can choose from 11-32, 11-34 or 11-36T set ups with the existing CS-HG81-10 cassette.

 

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Shifting on the SL-M7000-11/10 levers is taken care of by ergonomically designed RAPIDFIRE PLUS shift levers, allowing riders to downshift three gears in one stroke and release shifts by the index finger or the thumb. This simple but incredibly useful feature also provides light and consistently stable shifting across front and rear gears. I-spec II (SL-M7000-I / SL-M7000-10-I) and I-spec B-type (SL-M7000-B-I / SL-M7000-B-I) mount options allow for adaptable and versatile, rider-tuned cockpit options.

 


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Where shift levers command, derailleurs respond. Now featuring at SLX lever, Shimano’s SHADOW RD+ technology provides sharp and silky shifts along with chain stability and a reduction in chain slap thanks to a lockable rear derailleur position. The medium cage 11-speed rear derailleurs (RD-M7000-11-GS) offer a drivetrain capacity of 41-teeth, whilst the long cage 10-speed rear derailleur (RD-M7000-10-SGS) offers a larger drivetrain capacity of 43-teeth to accommodate its triple chainring.

 


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The shifting power of the 11-speed (FD-M7020-11) and 10-speed (FD-M7000-10) front derailleurs has been increased allowing for rapid shifts with efficient cable routing and a light shift operation. Mounting options include Side Swing, Top Swing and Down Swing front derailleurs to offer compatibility with shorter chain stays and large wheels and tyres.

 

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Rolling reliability



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SLX hubs have been redesigned to provide all-weather durability and reliable performance thanks to high quality sealings and angular contact bearings. FH-M7000/7010 rear hubs also feature a refined and rapid gear engagement mechanism, offering 36 pick-up options over 360 degrees. The front hubs come in at a light weight 189g (HB-M7000) or 148g (HB-M7010), while the rear hubs are 384g (FH-M7000) or 357g (FH-M7010). The both front and rear hubs offer variations compatible with the Boost 110 and 148 standards.

 

Stopping supremacy



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The Rider Tuned position of the SLX BL-M7000 lever allows for smooth, consistent and predictable operation of the hydraulic disc brake system (BR-M7000) and, combined with heat-radiating, mud-shedding SM-RT70 160, 180 or 203mm rotors, you get high performance stopping power in all manner of riding conditions.

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In all in, the new SLX M7000 groupset achieves an unrivalled level of high performance, efficiency, durability and value. Competitive-level technologies found in Shimano’s premium MTB components have been transferred to the new SLX M7000 cranksets, derailleurs, cassettes, shifters, levers, rotors and hubs, letting you focus on what matters, getting maximum fun and enjoyment out of your rides.

 

Component international availability list:

  • SLX Crankset: FC-M7000-11/ FC-M7000-10 June/July 2016
  • SLX HG Cassette: CS-M7000-11/ CS-M7000-10 June/July 2016
  • SLX Front hubs HB-M7000/7010 June/July 2016
  • SLX Rear hubs: FH-M7000 / FH-M7010 June/July 2016
  • SLX Shift Levers: SL-M7000-11 / SL-M7000-10 June/July 2016
  • SLX Rear Derailleurs: RD-M7000-11-GS / RD-M7000-10-SGS June/July 2016
  • SLX Front Derailleurs: FD-M7020-11 / FD-M7000-10 June/July 2016
  • SLX Hydraulic disc brake set: BL-M7000, BR-M7000, SM-RT70 June/July 2016

Drivetrain options:

  • 2x11-speed: 34-24T, 36-26T, 38-28T CS: 11-40T, 11-42T
  • 1x11-speed: 30T, 32, 34T CS:11-40T, 11-42T
  • 3x10-speed : 40-30-22T CS: 11-32T, 11-34T, 11-36T




90 Comments

BaGearA, Apr 14 2016 05:08

I would buy this 

lerouc, Apr 14 2016 05:13

OMGawd i wants this

lerouc, Apr 14 2016 05:16

Pricing on this link:

 

http://www.bikemag.c...yFyp0b2uBg0p.97

johanpre44, Apr 14 2016 05:22

Very quick trickle-down.

 

So happy they're keeping the 10 speed bits alive!

 

Wondering if the Cable Pull ratios are the same on the 10 and 11 speed rear derailleurs...

Bizkit031, Apr 14 2016 06:58

It's about time looks good

WrightJnr, Apr 14 2016 07:09

Nice. Those brakes will be going on my Scott Scale a.s.a.p.

Knersboy, Apr 14 2016 07:27

Always liked the slx look a bit more than xt. Great that there are more 11 speed options out there, can save cash on consumables like cassettes, chains etc.

Skylark, Apr 14 2016 07:34

Nice. Those brakes will be going on my Scott Scale a.s.a.p.

They look relatively unchanged other than the nice colour/grfx?

gummibear, Apr 14 2016 07:43

Going to be upgrading my ht from XT 3x10 to SLx 2X11

Will keep my XT brakes though.

EmptyB, Apr 14 2016 07:51

What...no 12 speed

NicoBoshoff, Apr 14 2016 08:01

Really awesome. Was wondering whether the 12sp lunacy was going to hit Shimano. Glad good business sense prevailed.

So around R9k for full groupset?

Brawler, Apr 14 2016 08:04

Brilliant!

dirtypot, Apr 14 2016 08:12

I got excited to see that they're still doing 10sp in the hope that there would be upgrades to the cassette size, but alas, we're still stuck with the 11-36T.  A stock 11-40 would be great!

Rocket-Boy, Apr 14 2016 08:14

I got excited to see that they're still doing 10sp in the hope that there would be upgrades to the cassette size, but alas, we're still stuck with the 11-36T.  A stock 11-40 would be great!

Stock 11-40 would be nice, but they are aiming it at the 3x crowd so no point for them really.

They could kill two birds with one stone though by catching the 1x10 users at the same time.

 

Unless of course they are hoping the 1x10 users will go slx 1x11.

RiverInTheRoad, Apr 15 2016 08:10

Well done Shimano. All over this as soon as I get the right excuse or special from oom Chris

Monark, Apr 15 2016 08:13

So the upgrade kit will cost what? R3500?

fanievb, Apr 15 2016 08:14

mmm, a year later 

 

https://www.bikehub....-unveiled-r2391

rock, Apr 15 2016 09:15

why does the largest cog have to be a different colour?

CAAD4, Apr 15 2016 09:17

It's like the cone of shame. To remind you that you are in your last gear....

robsc, Apr 15 2016 09:31

That SLX crank is aesthetically pleasing 

Bobbo_SA, Apr 15 2016 09:54

Going to be upgrading my ht from XT 3x10 to SLx 2X11

Will keep my XT brakes though.

 

And possibly the XT RD/crank - would really just need the SLX cassette and shifter if the pull ratio is right.

BenGraham, Apr 15 2016 12:06

Pretty. I love watching all these upgrades fly past me as I choose to sit it out and wait for the logical/financially responsible time to upgrade. I feel like by the time I have the money to upgrade everything is going to be awesome. I might even get some of this kit second hand. Nice.

dirtypot, Apr 15 2016 12:12

And possibly the XT RD/crank - would really just need the SLX cassette and shifter if the pull ratio is right.

 

And rear derailleur - 10sp RD doesn't work on an 11sp cassette. And different chain rings.

 

*Edit* and a chain...

Bobbo_SA, Apr 15 2016 12:21

And rear derailleur - 10sp RD doesn't work on an 11sp cassette. And different chain rings.

*Edit* and a chain...


So my Kalbo Oval won't work???

robsc, Apr 15 2016 04:02

So my Kalbo Oval won't work???

Yes it will