Shimano will always be best known for its drivetrains. But the Japanese cycling giant has also built a considerable presence in the component arena with its PRO line. That line-up expanded once again at the recently wrapped Eurobike trade show, including a new PLT bar, stem and seatpost groupset, plus a graphics makeovers for Missile Evo TT components and PRO wheels. Shimano also rolled out a set of handy tools for pro workshops or home mechanics. Here are the key details.
With price and performance in mind, not to mention a wide range for custom fit options, the alloy PLT bar, stem and seat post group is aimed to deliver reliable and durable racing components. The alloy PLT compact or compact ergo bars feature widths from 36cm to 46cm. PLT stems range from 50 to 130mm (+/-10 degrees). Seat post come in 27.2mm and 31.6mm, with 20mm and 0mm offset options.
The 31.8mm PLT Compact Ergo handlebar has an ergonomically shaped top section for optimal pressure relief on hands and wrists. Meanwhile, the PLT seatpost has a one-bolt clamping system so you can quickly reposition your saddle.
Designed for highly competitive triathletes, the Missile Evo carbon time trial range includes aerobars, clip-on bars, extensions and a base bar, along with a carbon stem and arm rests. The full carbon Missile Evo Carbon Aerobar meets UCI requirements and was used by many PRO-supported teams. The bar features integrated brake and shift cable routing so it can be integrated with Shimano’s Dura Ace or Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting systems. For added positioning preferences, carbon J-bend or ski-bend bars are available, weighing 124 grams.
PRO disc wheels, 3-spoke and track wheels
After introducing its tri-spoke road wheel last year, following the five-spoke track wheel, rear disc wheel and carbon road wheels, PRO wheels now take on a new look for 2016. PRO wheels provide a top-flight aero construction, propelling the likes of Team Sky, Giant Alpecin, Orica GreenEDGE, Francais Des Jeux and Lotto-Jumbo NL at this year’s Tour de France.
PRO accessories and workshop items will help you kit your workshop and bike out with quality. With continued thanks to the teams PRO supports, new tools and bike essentials feature throughout a host of categories:
- For the workshop: pumps, pressure checkers, CO2 cartridges, floor and mini pumps, saddle and wheel bags, bike bags, brushes, stands and specialist tools.
- For the bike: computers, bottles and cages, grips, bar tape, cyclocross cable hanger, cartridge headsets, end plugs and seat clamps.
For more information visit www.pro-bikegear.com.