Today’s Tech News section on Cycling News is definitely worth a look. It is good to see the official pictures from Shimano of the rest of the new XTR group. I must admit that the crankset looks better than I expected. The spy pics of prototypes that have been floating around the net lately didn’t do it justice. I am glad to see that outer surface will be polished to minimize the finish problems from shoe wear that have plagued XTR cranks in the past. Also, no more pinch bolts on the left hand crank. Cool. Overall this is a great looking group.
While you are checking out Tech News, you can also read more about Campy’s Ultra Torque crank system. I still think it is an interesting system, and the weight and Q factor improvements are impressive, but that black Mirage crankset looks dated and could certainly use a facelift. If you are introducing a completely new technology, why hide it behind such an ordinary facade?