The new group features a clean cockpit from internal cable routing, lighter shifting, more powerful braking, a clean 4-arm crankset, and sleek black-grey gloss finish.

The new group features a clean cockpit from internal cable routing, lighter shifting, more powerful braking, a clean 4-arm crankset, and sleek black-grey gloss finish (click to enlarge).​

Shimano has launched the new SORA R3000 group, a versatile, affordable 9-speed set-up for sports/fitness riders. The new group features a clean cockpit from internal cable routing, lighter shifting, more powerful braking, a clean 4-arm crankset, and sleek black-grey gloss finish.

Options include lighter SORA R3000 4-arm double or triple cranksets that follow the premium aesthetic of Dura-Ace 9000. For traditional drop handlebar road bikes, SORA R3000 is updated with cleaner, internally routed 9-speed STI dual control levers.

With two extra teeth over the previous SORA cassette, climbing is easier while the small 11T cog ensures high-end range to put the power down.

With two extra teeth over the previous SORA cassette, climbing is easier while the small 11T cog ensures high-end range to put the power down (click to enlarge).​

For flat handlebar bikes, components include 5-arm 2x9 or 3x9 cranksets with pant-friendly chain guards, Rapidfire Plus shifters and brake levers benefiting from Optislick cables. New dual-pivot brakes deliver a 20% increase in rim brake performance over the previous generation while quick release cable levers simplify wheel changes.

The compact 50-34T or 50-39-30T crankset can now be combined with wider range 11-34T cassettes, an accommodating rear derailleur and a long arm front derailleur. With two extra teeth over the previous SORA cassette, climbing is easier while the small 11T cog ensures high-end range to put the power down.

Options include lighter SORA R3000 4-arm double or triple cranksets that follow the premium aesthetic of Dura-Ace 9000.

Options include lighter SORA R3000 4-arm double or triple cranksets that follow the premium aesthetic of Dura-Ace 9000 (click to enlarge).​

Shimano also continues to expand its disc brake offerings, and trickling down its key technologies. For 2017, Shimano introduces flat-mount SORA grade mechanical disc brake calipers, which can be combined with steel or stainless steel disc brake rotors.

Meanwhile, new mid-range RX31 disc wheelsets incorporates new 12mm E-THRU technology from mountain bikes, bringing a quick-release closing style that creates a stronger wheel locking system. The new axle enables easier adjustment thanks to a new, clean adjustment knob at the end of the axle. SORA R3000 components are set to be available on complete bikes and as an aftermarket purchase in summer 2016. Pricing has yet to be released.

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The name METREA is derived from the words Metropolitan and Real.

The name METREA is derived from the words Metropolitan and Real (click to enlarge).​

Shimano also debuted its METREA U5000 component group that combines road sport performance with simplicity and ergonomics for urban riding. Saddled between road and city sport use, METREA components and wheels are designed for urban. The hydraulic disc brake-specific group offers two handlebar positions, "Rider Tuned" single and double drivetrain options and rounds out with a dedicated 12mm axle disc-specific wheelset.

METREA U5000 has an elevated appearance and simple function that's designed to improve the riding experience in the city. The name METREA is derived from the words Metropolitan and Real, two of the key concepts behind the urban sports. Artistic simplicity was the overall design aesthetic, while ensuring speed through component choices was the functional consideration. Quicker acceleration, quicker shifting and quicker braking is beneficial in busy traffic.

METREA includes many of Shimano's latest innovations, like flat-mount hydraulic disc calipers, and a rider tuned 1x11 crankset and wide range cassette. The group is designed for casually dressed riders who will appreciate the integrated chain guard on the crankset. The shifting is crisp and light action, the drivetrain is quiet and the group has an anti-rust treatment.

Shimano also debuted its METREA U5000 component group that combines road sport performance with simplicity and ergonomics for urban riding.

Shimano also debuted its METREA U5000 component group that combines road sport performance with simplicity and ergonomics for urban riding (click to enlarge).​

Shimano engineers recognized that urban cycling dynamics are unique when it comes to ergonomics from hand position to riding position. With METREA, riders can choose a flat bar or an H-type handlebar setup. Flat bars allow greater urban versatility and compatibility with a wide range of bike frames. Two-way SL-5000 flat bar Rapidfire Plus shift levers with instant release and Vivid index shifting allow for rapid gear changes with consistent pedaling.

METREA components integrate with clean new styles of H-type handlebars. The bars' shape positions the rider's forearms in a natural position, similarly to hands on the brake hoods of drop handlebars. An H-type bar solution will be available from PRO in Summer 2016.

Complementary ST-U5060 Dual Control Levers for the ends of the H-type bar put shift/brake levers within easy reach and also create a sporty riding position. A sleek, anti-corroding two-piece crankset is again available in single and double options with a tooth profile that enables smooth, quiet pedaling. The 46-32T double provides a closer gear ratio, better suited to varying terrain. For simplicity and all-out speed, a single chainring 42T setup provides optimal urban gearing. The integrated chain guard keeps pant legs clean.

METREA includes many of Shimano's latest innovations, like flat-mount hydraulic disc calipers, and a rider tuned 1x11 crankset and wide range cassette.

METREA includes many of Shimano's latest innovations, like flat-mount hydraulic disc calipers, and a rider tuned 1x11 crankset and wide range cassette (click to enlarge).​

The front derailleur is designed to work with the 46-32T chain rings and has a low chain drop with a low-trim position. The rear derailleur introduces wide-range 11-32T 11-speed gearing with efficient shifting steps on the cassette.

Hydraulic brake levers deliver regulated power to cope with the quick stops and starts of urban riding. Flat-mount calipers provide a clean appearance with stable and smooth braking performance, and new rotors improve heat dissipation.

A complete group, METREA includes a disc-brake specific wheelset with 30mm deep section rims. METREA components are set to be available as an after-market purchase in summer 2016. Pricing has not yet been set.

For more information visit bike.shimano.com.