Following last years Shimano Deore XT M8000 groupset for mountain bikers, touring and trekking riders will soon have a new Shimano XT T8000 touring groupset based on the XT mountain bike groupset. The Shimano XT T8000 touring groupset features a 3 x 10 speed drive train, a new Hollowtech II triple crankset, Rapidfire Plus shifters and brake levers for flat bar bikes and utilises other components from the mountain bike groupset.
Staying with 10 speed ensures reliability and the convenience needed for bike touring and being able to easily interchange parts with existing 10 speed mountain bike groupsets including both Shimano and SRAM 10 speed cassettes. The new T8000 groupset will only be available for flat bar bikes, not drop bar.
Shimano XT T8000 touring groupset components
The Shimano XT T8000 touring groupset includes a DH-T8000-3D front hub with dynamo designed to power lights or other electronic units with 3W/6V power output on 26” or 28” wheels and the crankset is a triple (48-36-26 tooth) with an added chain guard.
Gear shifting is by Rapidfire Plus shift levers with easy to read displays and multi release (rear), instant release and 2-Way release functions while the rear derailleur has a capacity of 22 teeth and has the option of Shimano Shadow RD technology. The Deore XT 10 speed cassette has ratios of 11-32, 11-34 or 11-36.
Disc brakes are shared with Deore XT while levers and master cylinders use an I-specII clamp design for a neat handlebar set up.There is now an XT level single sided SPD pedal including forged aluminium cage on one side and replaceable traction pegs on the other for riding in casual shoes.
The new Shimano XT T8000 touring groupset will be available from September 2016.