Is nothing sacred? shows us that Shimano appears to have entered the carbon-crank market. Why? - I don’t know. After my initial shock when the current Dura Ace crank was introduced, I fell in love with the aesthetic. I appreciated Shimano’s decision to stay with their Hollowtech Aluminum cranks. Now it appears that market pressures have pushed them into carbon. What’s next…11speed?


I thought the same thing and I love my DA cranks, best cranks I’ve ever ridden. It took a while, especially with the satin finish, but now I don’t know if I’d part with them. As noted in the [related article](, is carbon worth it? Deda is making alum stems that are way lighter than carbon.

Well, if you aren’t label-snobby, they can just push the DA stuff down to Ultegra SL level and so forth…

Akatsuki - I’m not a label-snob…Except on my race bike :).

I’d likely just go with the old crank with new rings.  I would also expect Shimano to offer the carbon crank as an option and not force it with the group. 

Either way - this is still a couple years out I’d imagine.

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