Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option

Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option

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Shimano’s latest press release reminds us that, as much as we would all like to own a ten thousand dollar trail bike, many avid riders, and some first-time mountain bikers will be hitting the trails this season aboard far more modest steeds. The new M6000-level Deore component ensemble is targeted at the entry-level enthusiasts and cash strapped shredders who would much prefer XTR, but have not yet purchased a winning lottery ticket.

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Clutch-type rear derailleur in long and mid-cage options.
Highlights of the new group are a clutch type Shadow plus rear derailleur, a four-arm XTR style crank spider, Centerlock brake rotors and hubs, and while the Servo-Wave brake levers and ICE-compatible calipers are modeled very close to the ergonomically pleasant XT and XTR stoppers, you’ll have to pony up for the finned brake pads, because they are not standard fare.

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Mid-length levers and servo-wave actuation.
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The 6000 calipers accept XTR finned brake pads.
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Choose a two or three-ring crankset with XTR styling.
Equally newsworthy was what was not included in the press release: No eleven speed for M6000, so it won’t be cross-compatible with its pricier siblings. The basic Deore will remain a ten-speed transmission, and there is no mention of a one-by (single chainring) option. Instead, M6000 customers can choose from a number of two and three-chainring cranksets (no surprise there) paired with a new wide-range 11 by 42-tooth cassette, or Shimano’s longstanding 11 by 32, 34, or 36-tooth cassettes. To assist OEM customers, Shimano will offer front changers with every possible cable and clamping arrangement.
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Side-swing front mech for the entry level Deore group.
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SLX One-By and a Wide-Range Cassette

On the heels of the M6000 Deore ensemble, came the announcement that an SLX-level one-by drivetrain has finally been approved for production, and with an eleven–speed, 11 x 46-tooth, wide-range cassette – both of which will be released this Spring. The affordable one-by transmission, big-boy cassette and the concurrent release of XT-level wheelsets with Boost axle spacing reflect a large-scale adjustment in the Japanese parts maker’s range, presumably, to pull alongside SRAM in the OEM market and to ensure that those customers have the proper tools to outfit mid-priced performance mountain bikes with tip-to-toe Shimano componentry.

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Entry Level Trail Pedal

Shimano also added an SPD Trail pedal to its range that is reportedly priced to match the M6000 ensemble. The PDED500 pedal once again, puts one of Shimano’s most-wanted products into the hands of entry-level riders. Expect to see the 500-level pedals on demo fleets world wide. No price was available at the time of the press release.

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Boost Wheelsets

Wheels have gradually become a staple product for Shimano and, while wide rims are still on the horizon, to keep in step, their wheel range is now available in Boost-width as well as standard-width axles. Two new 29” and 27.5” Deore XT wheelsets have wider axle options – a 110x15mm e-thru front- and a 148x12mm rear-axle spacing. Shimano says that the new wheelsets increase stiffness. Also new are rear thru axle hubs (AX-MT700 and AX-MT500) with smaller housings and lighter weights that feature greater clearance for frames and brake calipers.

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SRAM Tech: Eagle Installation Video

SRAM Tech: Eagle Installation Video

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Whether you’re the lucky new owner of a SRAM XX1 or X01 Eagle drivetrain, or one of the talented wrench turners at that lucky new Eagle owner’s local bike shop, the task of working with new technology always requires a bit of “new” education. Not to worry. The following Eagle install video will bring you up to speed in just under 10 minutes. [Or about 20 minutes if you want to watch both the English and German versions.] This Eagle install video quickly walks you through the tools you’ll need, the proper install process, and how to properly use the included Eagle™ B-Gap Adjustment tool.

Don’t need to know how to install an Eagle drivetrain just yet? No worries. We have plenty more SRAM Tech videos online. Be sure to check out —and subscribe to—the SRAM Tech channel on YouTube to stay informed about the best installation, adjustment and service procedures for SRAM and RockShox bicycle components.

More SRAM Tech videos:

SRAM Guide RSC, RS, R, and DB5 (Model Year 2016 and Earlier) Hydraulic Brake Bleed
SRAM Guide Series, Level Ultimate, and Level TLM Hydraulic Brake Bleed
SRAM X01 DH Installation
SRAM X0 Hub Spoke Installation
SRAM Wheels Rim Tape Installation

RockShox Tech Pills – Debon Air and Solo Air Rear Shock Sag Setup
RockShox Tech Pills – Bottomless Tokens Explained
RockShox Reverb and Reverb Stealth Remote System Bleed
RockShox Reverb Stealth B1 Model 50 Hour Service
RockShox Reverb B1 Model 50 Hour Service
RockShox Reverb Stealth Hose Replacement and Shortening
RockShox Reverb Hose Replacement and Shortening / @SramMedia

Is Shimano SLX the Best Value Performance MTB Groupset?

Is Shimano SLX the Best Value Performance MTB Groupset?

With the release of Shimano SLX M7000, the company’s latest value-focussed performance groupset, mountain bike riders have never had it so good.

As well as getting an updated look, each part of the new groupset has been given an overhaul. Take a closer look in the video above.

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Sam Hill’s Nukeproof Monster Truck

Sam Hill’s Nukeproof Monster Truck

The man Sam Hill with his new vessel and Jacy photo bomming in the background

Vintage Western Gold whiskey, Sam’s ‘Apple Jacks’ cocktail and the stunning views of Dolceaqua, Italy were the backdrop for this projects gestation. After a day riding some of Italy’s finest trails, Sam was explaining how his eldest son had found a new obsession – Grave Digger. Grave Digger is the world famous Monster truck conceived in 1982 by Dennis Anderson. Bam, following in his dad’s love for all things Green and Purple (If you look at Sam’s Leatt helmet earlier this year it was custom painted in black, green and purple.), had discovered the truck and was quickly obsessed with it and his model of Grave Digger. Sam had recently taken Bam to meet the real life truck at a Monster Truck meet in his native city of Perth.

Bam Hill and the Grave Digger

Bam meets Gravedigger earlier this year – Thanks to Sam’s long-term sponsors: Monster Energy.

With Sam killing it in his last two Enduro World Series Rounds (Wicklow and La Thuile), alongside his downhill day job, we thought it was appropriate to do something a little special as a surprise present. Here is the photo story caught by Fraser Britton.

Surprise Nukeproof surprise Sam and Jacy with a new frame inspired by Sam s eldest son Bam Hill.

Surprise! – Sam is welcomed to Canada with a little care package from us.

bigquotes Legends, this is by far the coolest bike I’ve ever had. Thanks so much, I’m pumped on it! – Sam Hill, shortly after getting the new frame.


A man with an eye for even the smallest detail ensuring that his and Sam s bike is always perfect.

Working late in the man cave, Sam’s friend and mechanic, Jacy building the new beast for the EWS.

Nukeproof s new Super Light Spring fitted to the Vivid shock. 200g lighter than a standard steel spring.

Constant testing, Sam trying a coil shock with the new Nukeproof Superlight Steel spring.

The Grave Digger inspired Nukeproof Mega

Hopefully Bam Approves – 60 hours of skilled airbrushing went into the frame from Johnny at Elite Refinish.

Nukeproof would like to thank Elite Refinish (@refurbmybike), Belfast, for turning this project around in a short timescale. The finishing touch is a call out to friend and fellow rider, Stevie Smith #longlivechainsaw
Photos by Fraser Britton

MENTIONS: @Nukeproof-Bicycles / @fraserbritton