Gone are the days of having to compromise performance for price. The entry, mid-level quality of most road groupsets are more than adequate for your daily roll and Shimano’s 105 R7000 has taken this to another level.
Rumours are now reality with the release of Ultegra RX, and in true Shimano fashion with every individual upgrade comes improvements at all levels. It hasn’t even been 12 hours and Cyclist now welcomes the 105 R7000 groupset. The new number falls in line with it’s bigger siblings: Ultegra R8000 and Dura-Ace R9100, and represents the performance expected.
Judge a book by its cover
The R7000 title is well earned, the aesthetics follow Shimano’s latest road trends. The sleek angles, shapely hoods, and most noticeably; the crankset. Trademark modern Shimano with a beefy asymmetrical crank arm wrapping over the dustcap and moulding seamlessly into the four-legged spider, with most importantly matte black and gloss accents, a style now accessible to those without Dura-Ace. For the traditionalists or those needing to keep it matchy-matchy, 105’s classic silver finish is still available.
The dust of the disc brake debate has settled, even Shimano’s entry level 11-speed now comes with both rim and disc options. Flat mount BR-R7070 callipers accommodate up to 140mm rotors and controlled by hydraulic levers in an updated hood closely resembling Ultegra. Performance hasn’t come at the cost of comfort, the new levers offer faster and lighter shifting with shorter movement required and greater reach adjustability too. For those with shorter digits there’s a freshly designed lever option too.
The front derailleur offers greater tyre clearance and an integrated tension adjuster keeping the cables neat by scrapping the old barrel. The rear derailleur is now Shadow-esque, tucking under the cassette to create a lower profile, and with a longer cage option capable of a 34T cassette coupled with a compact 50/34 crankset this offers plenty of versatility. Bigger tyre clearances, Shadow rear derailleur, and large cassettes, it’s reassuring to see Shimano anticipating adventures off the usual road.
The new 105 is evidence that riders of this range are the greatest beneficiaries of often expensive technological improvements further upstream. The question might be asked if Shimano are shooting themselves in the foot with such improvements but most of us understand the demanding top-level customer will never disappear.. The real question that needs asking is: When will we see 105 Di2? Well, the good news is groupsets should be available in the coming couple of months. By the time you’re pulling on your leg warmers each morning, the ensembles should be sitting patiently at your local LBS.
Shimano 105 R7000 Pricing
Full Groupset: $1,299 (approx)
Head to shimano.com.au for full details.