Entry level product designed to be 'Saint's younger brother'

Shimano 2013 to include ‘Zee’ gravity group

Shimano has revealed a new single chainring groupset, dubbed Zee, that will satisfy the entry-level slopestyle market.

Designed to be robust and silent, Shimano have imported technologies such as its anti chain dropping Shadow RD+ tech into the rear derailleur, while the splined hydraulic discs carry four pistons per caliper.

Shimano says: "Differential piston diameters provide quiet and controllable power and for optimal brake control, the levers are equipped with Servo Wave action. Only little lever movement is needed to bring the pads in contact with the rotor and it’s easy to control your braking power. ZEE brakes are Ice tech compatible, so ZEE riders can upgrade their brakes to optimal Ice tech braking power for their future needs."

ZEE’s ten-speed rear derailleur has a switch at the pully cage to activate a stabilizer that counteracts the forces of up and down chain momentum in rough terrain. The ZEE rear derailleur is available in a close gear (23-28t) and wide gear (32 to 36t) spec.

For a clean cockpit the shifter and brake levers are I-spec compatible.

The crankset’s hollow forged steel axle supports solid alloy arms, set to be available in 165, 170 or 175mm, giving the unit a strong balance between stiffness and weight.

No firm date has been set for the products arrival in the UK, though it’s likely to land around late Autumn.

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