Thanks to Mark V and his connections, I was able to stop into the Shimano 2007 Dealer Tour held in Bellevue, WA yesterday. Lots of new stuff targeted to the “shop crowd” – so mostly race parts for both mtn and road bikes. Some cool new stuff coming out – mostly in their pre-built wheels offerings. The stuff I wanted to see the most – they didn’t have. The Alfine group is so compelling – I really wanted to see a bike built up with it and give it a ride, but no luck. I did get some good print and DVD promotional material on it which will keep me drooling for a while.
Shimano is bringing their PRO line of parts across the pond in 2007
The new Tiagra stuff shown here is in fact 9sp. To get the 10sp trickle-down for less, check out the ST-R700 shifters