Shimano launches three new electric groups, introduces automatic shifting


Shimano has today announced two new e-MTB-specific 11- and 12-speed Deore XT Di2 groups, as well as an e-bike-oriented Cues Di2 component line. There’s also an all-new EP6 drive unit, and the existing EP8 drive unit has been updated, becoming the EP801.

Shimano Deore XT Di2 with EP801 drive unit

Shimano’s new Deore XT Di2 with EP801 drive unit (Image credit: Shimano)

Deore XT Di2 for e-MTB

Headlining Shimano’s newest component release for e-MTB are two groupsets. First is Deore XT Di2 Linkglide (LG), which is based on the tough and durable 11-speed Linkglide transmission. It’ll be a 1×11 groupset with a new LG700 11-50t cassette, which is claimed to be 200g lighter than the previous LG600.

Shimano XT Di2

Shimano Deore XT Di2 M8150 components (Image credit: Shimano)

There’s a new M8150-11 Di2 rear derailleur, and the M8150-R/IR right shifter operating the smooth-shifting transmission via its drive unit, with centralized battery power and charging simplifying design and maintenance.

Deore XT Di2 Hyperglide (HG+) brings together refined 12-speed Hyperglide+ shifting and Di2 control. Focussed on light weight and performance, the new e-MTB groupset utilises proven HG+ cassette and chain designs and adds new Di2 functionality and speed. The rear derailleur is the dedicated M8150-12 Di2, operated by the M8150-R/IR right shifter, and the 1×12 drivetrain uses current 10-51t cassette options.

A Shimano CUES Di2 rear derailleur on a white background

(Image credit: Shimano)

Shimano Cues Di2

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