Shimano introduces new mountain bike crank and thru-axle offerings

OSAKA (April 16, 2015) – Shimano today introduced several new mountain bike drivetrain components that demonstrate its continued advancement in component design and leadership in emerging industry standards. The company announced a new XTR FC-M9020-B1 crank for 148 OLD hubs compatibility, a non-series 2x11 mountain bike crank (FC-MT700) and new lighter, hollow thru axles. These items bring the latest Shimano technology to mountain bikers adopting new standards such as 148 OLD hubs as well as broaden the appeal of Shimano’s 11-speed mountain bike drivetrains. 

XTR FC-M9020-B1 offers 1x11 crank for 148 OLD hubs

In support of the148 OLD hubs rear axle/drivetrain standard, Shimano offers its XTR M9020 cranks in a “B” version with a 1x11 chainring. This new crank option adds to the XT M8000 B crank and provides now the third new crank from Shimano with 148 OLD hubs compatibility. Featuring Shimano’s unique 3D hollow structure and a +3mm chainline, the XTR FC-M9020-B1 is perfect for XC and trail bikes.

  • 148 OLD hubs compatible XTR premium performance
        - +3mm chainline
  • Offered in 1x11 chainring
        - 30T, 32 rings offered

FC-MT700 cranks create more affordable 11-speed, Rider Tuned gearing options

To compliment both of Shimano’s premium 11-speed mountain bike groups, Shimano is now offering the non-series, 11-speed compatible FC-MT700 crank. This cranks helps Shimano offer its Rhythm Step-geared, Rider Tuned cranks to more riders at an even lower price. HOLLOWTECH II crank arms and Shimano’s 70-degree spider arms offer light weight and rigidity. New 3D chain rings with composite construction offer exceptional shifting.

  • Composite chainring construction
        - Long wearing and great shifting
        - Durable plated aluminum teeth
  • Trail double
        - 36-26T
        - 10T gear step for smooth shifts and no loss of momentum

Shimano introduces new rear E-THRU axle for mountain bikes

In the pursuit of continued refinement to its mountain bike component ranges, Shimano offers new, hollow E-THRU axles with a built in tension adjuster that allow riders to adjust lever position and clamping force while simplifying frame design. SM-AX78-B and SM-AX58-B provide easy, stable operation and secure fixing force. An optimized thread pitch makes for quick wheel changes and the hollow aluminum axle saves weight.