Its been a busy year for Shimano with the launch of new entry-level road groupsets and electronic Alfine hub gearing, not to mention three new mountain bike groups – but it looks like they may have left the best till last. Officially unveiled today is a new 11-speed version of their flagship Dura-Ace road groupset
Shimano have given their top mechanical group a ground-up reworking for 2013, not just an extra sprocket on the cassette. We had the chance to try it out for ourselves at Team Sky’s European service course base in Kortrijk, Belgium with team riders Alex Dowsett and Michael Barry, who were both instrumental in the development of the new group.Dura-Ace 9000 has already been used in competition at the Tour of Romandie, in its raw finish prototype stage. We were allowed to ride prototype revision two – as close to the final product as it gets, with only the hood covers and small cosmetic details to be refined.