Shimano Introduces New High-Durability LINKGLIDE Drivetrain Technology for Long-Lasting Performance

04/27/2021

OSAKA, Japan (April 28, 2021) – Adding versatility to its drivetrain lineup, Shimano introduces its new LINKGLIDE technology, designed and engineered to increase drivetrain durability while further enhancing the seamless shifting that Shimano is renowned for. LINKGLIDE components offer a more robust drivetrain option for a wide variety of bikes and riding styles, providing better resistance to wear and tear and extending maintenance intervals for each component. While Shimano HYPERGLIDE+ drivetrains remain the lightweight, fast-shifting choice for performance-oriented riders, LINKGLIDE components deliver long-lasting, smooth shifting for a broader range of application. 

 

Shimano LINKGLIDE+ bike

 

LINKGLIDE technology will be introduced initially in DEORE XT (1x11 speed) and DEORE (1x10 speed) configurations as a high-durability alternative to Shimano's current drivetrain options. Testing shows that LINKGLIDE cassettes are 300% more durable than prior HYPERGLIDE cassettes, and three times less degradation to the cassette means fewer chain skips, more mileage before repairs or replacement, and more smooth two-way shifting.

 

The new LINKGLIDE components include DEORE XT 1x11 and DEORE 1x10-speed shifters, rear derailleurs, chain, and cassettes. Each of the components will feature a LINKGLIDE logo to differentiate them from regular DEORE XT and DEORE components, which are not cross-compatible due to different gear pitches.

 

Shimano LINKGLIDE+ Cassette

 

LINKGLIDE Cassettes

The teeth of LINKGLIDE cassettes have been honed with a new shape to reduce wear and tear. The teeth feature a more robust and thicker construction, to prevent wear in the areas that sees the most degradation over time. LINKGLIDE cassette teeth also have a new top shape profile for smooth and seamless shifting in both directions.

 

 

 

 

The high-durability LINKGLIDE cassettes also feature a new shifting gate design and position, enabling the chain to move smoothly up and down across the sprockets. These gates reduce pedal shock or jumps during shifting, providing better pedaling fluidity and smoother pedaling performance.

 

LINKGLIDE cassettes are compatible with standard HG freehubs.

 

Shimano DEORE XT LINKGLIDE Cassette

- CS-LG600-11

- 1x11-speed

- 11-50T

 

Shimano DEORE LINKGLIDE Cassette

- CS-LG600-10

- 1x10-speed

- 11-43T

 

                   

Shimano LINKGLIDE+ Cassette

 

LINKGLIDE Derailleurs

To accommodate the new LINKGLIDE cassettes, Shimano delivers new DEORE XT and DEORE derailleurs with the Shimano’s hallmark smooth shifting performance. The LINKGLIDE derailleurs feature SHIMANO SHADOW RD+ low profile design and chain stabilizing clutch mechanism for reduced chain slap

over bumpy terrain.

Shimano DEORE XT LINKGLIDE Derailleur

- RD-M8130-SGS

- 1x11-speed

- SHADOW RD+

- Chain Stabilizing Technology

 

SHIMANO DEORE LINKGLIDE Derailleur

- RD-M5130-SGS

- 1x10-speed

- SHADOW RD+

- Chain Stabilizing Technology

Shimano DEORE XT LINKGLIDE+ RD

 

LINKGLIDE Shift Levers

New shift levers also form part of the LINKGLIDE drivetrain system. The DEORE XT version comes with an I-SPEC EV or clamp band option, where the DEORE 10-speed version comes in a clamp band-only design with an optional optical gear display.

Shimano LINKGLIDE+ Shifter
Shimano LINKGLIDE+ Shifter

 

SHIMANO DEORE XT LINKGLIDE Shifters

- 1x11-speed

- I-SPEC EV (SL-M8130-IR)

- Clamp band (SL-M8130-R)

- Instant Release

- 2-Way Release

 

 

 

SHIMANO DEORE LINKGLIDE Shifter

- SL-M5130-R10

- 1x10-speed

- Clamp band

- Optical Gear Display

- 2-Way Release

 

 

LINKGLIDE CHAINS

All LINKGLIDE drivetrains use a common chain design, regardless of the number of cogs on the cassette. Existing 11-speed Shimano chains are compatible with LINKGLIDE drivetrains. Additionally, a new entry price point chain is available in CNLG500. This chain can also be used on existing 11-speed HYPERGLIDE drivetrains. All Shimano 11-speed changes are currently e-bike rated or e-bike designed.

 

 

LINKGLIDE Availability

LINKGLIDE will be found on bikes for everyday riders who prefer comfort and low maintenance over the quicker shifting and lower weight that HYPERGLIDE+ offers.

 

LINKGLIDE components will also be available as an aftermarket product in bike stores later this year. DEORE XT and DEORE components with LINKGLIDE technology are not compatible with other SHIMANO drivetrains, so any consumers looking to upgrade their 11- or 10-speed drivetrain will need to purchase a LINKGLIDE cassette, rear derailleur, shift lever, and (optional) chain.

 

Riding a Shimano LINKGLIDE+ Bike on a sunny afternoon

 

Expect to see LINKGLIDE technology on e-bikes, leisure MTBs, commuter bikes, allterrain bikes, and bikepacking and adventure bikes starting in late summer.

 

 

 

 

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