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On show: Interbike 2009 Part 5

By:
Emily Wren/www.emilywren.com
Published:
September 26, 2009, 8:43 BST,
Updated:
September 26, 2009, 10:00 BST
New for '10 from Shimano are updated casual SPD-compatible shoes, additional women's model, plus a mid-range M160 mountain bike shoe for general trail riders looking for a high-value option.

New for '10 from Shimano are updated casual SPD-compatible shoes, additional women's model, plus a mid-range M160 mountain bike shoe for general trail riders looking for a high-value option.

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Shimano's new M160 mountain bike shoe aims at core users with its reasonable US$150 price tag and plentiful helping of trickle-down features.

Though there are no heat moldable panels as on the more premium models, the M160 upper still boasts Shimano's proven ratcheting main strap (with ample padding and a two-position buckle), offset forefoot straps for a secure, pressure point-free fit, and generous helpings of mesh for ventilation.

In addition, the interior of the shoe sports a surprisingly stout dual-material insole for more arch support and the entire reinforced nylon outsole is rubber coated for secure footing on tricky terrain.

Also on hand is the new SH-WM50 women's-specific mountain bike shoe with an understated black finish, a traditional three-strap upper, a reinforced nylon sole and a narrower heel and lower-volume last for a proper fit.

Matching up to either shoe - or any SPD-compatible shoe for that matter - is Shimano's new PD-A600 pedal. The single-sided SPD falls roughly at the Ultegra level with a wide aluminum body to prevent rocking, an adjustable chromoly cartridge-type spindle for longevity, and a mechanism borrowed from Shimano's XT model. Actual weight is 285g per pair and though it's likely best suited for the road, Shimano says some of its testers have been successfully running them on 'cross bikes, too.

Road Tubeless fans will be happy to note the arrival of a compatible Ultegra-level wheel for 2010. The new WH-6700 will retail for a reasonable US$649.99 yet a pair is still just 1,492g - only about 120g heavier than the much pricier Dura-Ace version. According to Shimano, the WH6700 even uses the same extrusion as Dura-Ace - only in aluminum, not scandium - and uses the same clever brazed-on spoke nipple anchors that leave a solid outer rim wall, too.

On the Dura-Ace side, Shimano has also brought back the 50mm-deep WH-7850-C50-CL carbon clinchers for riders that want something reasonably aerodynamic but also with the predictable braking surface and easy maintenance of aluminum. Suggested retail price is US$1,899.99 and claimed weight is 1,580g for the pair.

Sadly though, Shimano isn't yet ready to release the all-carbon C75 and C35 Dura-Ace carbon tubulars we've seen on team bikes all year, nor the carbon Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals. According to Shimano press officer Devin Walton, all of those items are still in the final testing phases, meaning we'll likely see them available in 2011.

What you can get right now, though, are Shimano's new tools, including a very handy looking chainring wrench with a T-40 Torx bit on one end and a two-pin spanner on the other, a beefier three-way hex-and-Torx wrench for particularly stubborn bolts, an updated derailleur alignment gauge, and pressers and pullers for the new press-fit bottom bracket cups.

In addition, there's also a truing adapter for 15mm thru-axle front hubs and wheels and an especially burly breaker bar - complete with a cleverly offset handle, pivoting head and highly polished finish.

Also coming soon is a Dura-Ace version of Shimano ultra-premium Yumeya hop-up kit with gold-anodized hardware and aluminum-core housings plus an all-new Deore mountain bike group, complete with a low-profile Shadow rear derailleur and new hydraulic disc brakes with a radial master cylinder and tool-free reach adjustment.

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